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Improve Your English in the US!

Intensive English Program at Western Washington University

Would you like to improve your English and study in one of the most beautiful regions in the US? The Intensive English Program (IEP) at Western Washington University gives TU Dortmund University's students more confidence in the English language and even offers full scholarships for one quarter in the US.

The CEA accredited Intensive English Program (IEP) at the partner school Western Washington University is comprised of English language courses that prepare international students for studying in the US and improve one's general language level.

Who should apply to the program?

The program is best suited for bachelor students with a lower English level, up to about B1, but  all students may apply. Especially the Zauchner scholarship is best suited to very motivated students with a lower level of English.

When does the program take place?

The intensive language classes (24 hours per week) are divided into 6 levels and last an entire quarter (approximately three months). The following quarters are available,  and for those who can pay for the program on their own the application deadlines can be very late (application should be sent directly to the IEP team up to approximately 6 weeks before the program start):

  • Fall Quarter: Mid-September until Early December
  • Winter Quarter: Early January until Late March 
  • Spring Quarter: Early April until Mid-June 


German and Austrian citizens can apply for the Joe and Anneliese Zauchner Intensive English Study Scholarship (includes a full tuition waiver, rent in the dormitory and 95x meals in the cafeteria). 

Please note the earlier application deadlines for this program:

  • Fall Quarter: Apply in March
  • Winter Quarter: Apply in May 
  • Spring Quarter: Apply in September/October

Start the application early: You will need to complete a free three-hour online language assessment before the application deadline (can be taken over several days). Also, you will need two letters of recommendation. 

All students who do not receive or are not eligible for the Zauchner scholarship may apply for a PROMOS scholarship from TU Dortmund University (funded by the BMBF/DAAD). 

Scholarship Amount

Each quarter we can give one scholarship. The amount depends on whether or not you receive AuslandsBAföG for the IEP:

  • Students without  AuslandsBAföG: 2,325 EUR (2023)
    Stipend for living expenses 350 EUR/month for 3 months + travel stipend 1,275 EUR
    Denial notice from the Studierendenwerk Hamburg (for AuslandsBAföG) necessary
  • Independent of AuslandsBAföG: 1,050 EUR (2023)
    Stipend for living expenses 350 EUR/month for 3 months

Your Tasks as a Scholarship Recipient

Show us your everyday (campus) 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 content for tudo_international and to write about your experiences in Bellingham as a Study Abroad Storyteller.

Application Deadline

Apply up to four months before the start of the program. Applicants will be notified within a month of the deadline. If you miss the deadline you may still apply, and if the scholarship is still available, we may be able to award it to you.

Application Documents

  • online application form 
  • Statement of Purpose (German or English)
  • CV/resumé
  • Admission letter for the IEP (can be sent later)
  • Transcripts of records
  • Confirmation of your GPA ("Notendurchschnitt") from the Examinations Office
    Typically we expect a GPA of at least 2.5.
  • Current Certificate of Enrollment
  • Letter from AuslandsBAföG (can be sent later)

Send the complete application to Laura Hope via e-mail.

TU Dortmund University students receive 10% reduction of the program fees. If at least four fee-paying students participate at the same time, the fees will be reduced by 15%.

Check to see if you could receive AuslandsBAföG for this program (especially students studying to become English teachers or students with open elective courses). 



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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)

Interactive map

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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