Studying for one or two semesters at a foreign university is one of the best ways for TU Dortmund University's students to dive into the culture and everyday life in a new country. Due to the excellent supervision, especially in exchange programs, a semester or year abroad at a university can be a great first experience abroad.
Important Considerations for Your Study Abroad:
Start gathering information very early on!
The application deadlines for exchange programs and other scholarships are typically very early. Start planning about 1.5-2 years in advance in order to not miss any deadlines or important presentations.
Apply for scholarships!
If you receive a spot in a student exchange program, you will automatically receive a full tuition waiver. However, there are also other scholarship opportunities and methods of funding, for example through Auslandsbafög and educational loans.
A stay abroad does not necessarily extend your length of study!
Sometimes course credit from abroad can be transferred back to your studies at TU Dortmund University. Moreover, you can apply for a leave of absence (Urlaubssemester) while you are abroad, and credit for courses taken abroad can still be transferred back to your studies in Dortmund.
Inclusion is an important part of studying abroad!
There are additional funding and support opportunities for students with special needs and parents who take their child or children abroad with them.
TU Dortmund University has established partnerships with numerous universities across the globe. The biggest advantage of these partner programs is the scholarship: Students who are accepted into the program receive a full tuition waiver for the host institution.
You can't find the right exchange program here, or you missed the application deadline? You can also organize your study abroad at any university in the world on your own.
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has information for students carrying out independently planned study abroad, such as a subject search at universities across the world as well as country-specific information about the study conditions and admission requirements (in German).
It is always a good idea to start the application process very early so that you do not miss out on deadlines for Auslandsbafög or scholarships. However, some universities in other countries will accept applications even up to two months before the start of the semester. Typically you should start the application process about six months before the planned semester abroad.
Theoretically you could apply to any university in the world as long as you fulfill all of the admission requirements.
TU Dortmund University's Partner Institutions:
Some of TU Dortmund University's partner institutions offer students the possibility to apply under simpler conditions as so-called "FreeMover" students. A further advantage of these universities is that you could apply for one of TU Dortmund University's scholarships. It is a good idea to start discussing the costs and required documents with Laura Hope in the International Office about four to six months before your planned semester abroad. The chances of getting accepted to these universities as a FreeMover are very high.
- Australia: all partners
- Canada: University of Victoria
- Taiwan: National Taiwan University
- USA: California State University, Bakersfield, and California State University, Monterey Bay, Western Washington University Intensive English Program
- Worldwide: ISEP Direct
In order to see the ISEP-Direct institutions, click on "Start a Search" then "More Filters", and finally under "Program" select "ISEP Direct".
In many countries it can be much easier to apply through a placement agency. In this case you will only need to pay the regular tuition fees; there is no cost for the advising and application services from the agency. The placement agencies also have scholarship programs or may be able to offer a partial reduction of the tuition fees. Below is a (non-comprehensive) list of placement agencies. Make sure to discuss your plans with more than one agency before you decide which one you would like to use (websites typically only in German):
Most universities expect a B2 level in the teaching language, but some will also accept B1 level.
Many universities will accept the DAAD Language Certificate, which can be issued in TU Dortmund University's Department of Foreign Languages.
In order to prepare for your stay abroad, check out the language courses offered by the Department of Foreign Languages.
When you independently plan your own study abroad you typically need to be able to cover tuition and other fees, which can be quite expensive. In order to better plan the costs associated with your study abroad, speak with Laura Hope for the partner institutions and a placement agency for all other institutions.
Auslandbafög actually makes an independently planned semester abroad financially possible, since a large share of (or even all) the tuition fees can be covered through this. Have a look at the information on the website to see if you are elligible for Auslandsbafög.
Moreover, you may be elligible for very low-interest educational loans or scholarships for stays abroad. For example, TU Dortmund University has PROMOS scholarships for students studying at one of the university's bilateral partner institutions outside of Europe (also available for FreeMover students).
Laura Hope in the International Office can help with any organizational or logistical questions, for students planning to go to either partner or non-partner institutions.
For detailed questions regarding a particular university (for example regarding application requirements) please contact the university directly.
In many countries it can actually be easier to apply through a placement agency (see above). There is no cost for the service that the agency offers (just the tuition fees), and many agencies offer their own scholarships or a partial reduction of tuition fees.
You want to complete an entire Master degree abroad? You can receive further information about the application requirements directly from the university to which you plan to apply or from a placement agency (see above). It is not possible to get a second degree while participating in one of TU Dortmund University's exchange programs. Study abroad for the purpose of receiving a degree has to be organized independently ("FreeMover"). The International Office can help with logistical questions.
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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.