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Short-term Programs and Language Courses Abroad

It does not always have to be a whole semester - some programs abroad last only one or a few weeks. These are possible through both partner or non-partner institutions. Summer or winter programs can be a smart and efficient way to add an international element to your studies.

PROMOS Scholarships

TU Dortmund University, through funding from the BMBF and the DAAD, offers PROMOS scholarships for participation in short-term programs at partner institutions. This is the only PROMOS program in which not only Bachelor and Master but also PhD students are eligible for funding. PROMOS scholarships are available for the following programs:

Summer and Winter Programs

A short-term program (between one and eight weeks, typically in the semester break) at a foreign university can give you insight into a new culture and language and possibly also broaden your scholarly knowledge in a particular subject. The application deadlines and formalities vary and are set by the respective universities.

Under "Current Postings" you will find a regularly updated list of programs for which TU Dortmund  University's students can receive a scholarship or a (partial) tuition waiver. However, you should also search for other programs not listed here; sometimes the program fees are so low that the programs can be affordable even without a scholarship.

Normally you will have to cover all costs for a short-term program on your own. The host institution may offer scholarships.

Normally partner universities will offer a full or partial tuition waiver. For programs at an overseas partner university, you may also apply for a PROMOS scholarship.

In addition to the PROMOS scholarship opportunities for certain partner programs (below), you should also have a look at the scholarship databases and foundations which may also list scholarships that would apply to your plans.

The scholarship is available for participants in short-term programs at partner universities located outside of Europe (TU Dortmund University's central partners or your department's partners). These programs are indicated in the posting.

Application Deadlines

  • 30 April (summer programs) 
  • 10 November (winter programs)

The selection committee's decision will be announced within one month of the deadline.

You missed the application deadline? You may still apply up until the start of your program and may be able to receive a scholarship retroactively. You will be notified at the end of the year about the decision.

Scholarship Amount

  • 2023: A one-time stipend of 500 EUR for in-person programs.

Your Tasks as a Scholarship Recipient

Show us your everyday (work) life and share parts of your life with us while you are abroad! Use the hashtag  #TUstoryteller in your own posts and link to our Instagram Account tudo_international!  

In addition to the activities of your own social media accounts, we will ask you to provide regular content for tudo_international. This task can be carried out even if you do not have any social media accounts.


1. FIll out the online application form  (in German).

2. Upload the following documents in the application portal:

  • CV/resumé (with photo)
  • Statement of Prupose (1-2 pages)
  • Acceptance letter from the host institution or your department (can be turned in later, if necessary)
  • Current certificate of enrollment
  • Transcripts of records from your studies with confirmation of your GPA ("Durchschnittsnote") from the Examinations Office (you must apply for this)
    We typically expect a GPA of at least 2.5
  • If applicable: other certificates, letters, language certificates to support your application (in one PDF)

Here you will find testimonials and experience reports for some of the short-term programs.

Current Postings (in German)

The programs on our German page all offer scholarship opportunities for TU Dortmund University's students. 

Current Postings

Language Courses

Language courses at institutions abroad typically have to be organized independently. You may apply for any program in the world, but the program fees usually have to be covered completely by the student. Twice a year you can apply for the 1,000 EUR scholarship from

The Intensive English Program (IEP) at the partner school Western Washington University offers students full-time English language courses that should improve your general language level. Students spend a whole trimester (approximately three months) on the university's campus. Two scholarship programs help TU Dortmund University's students better afford the program.

USA: Intensive English Program

This catalog from the DAAD contains information about language courses at universities across the globe. Students are responsible for all costs in these programs. (in German)

Worldwide: DAAD Catalog of Language Courses

Checklist for Your Stay Abroad

Don't forget anything!

© Sarah Treppner​/​TU Dortmund



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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.


TU Dort­mund University has its own train station ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station ("Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop "Dort­mund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dort­mund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S".


The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.


The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.


The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

Site Map of TU Dort­mund University (Second Page in English)

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The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

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