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 Auslands-BAföG 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.
We strive for equal opportunities with stays abroad!
There are additional funding and support opportunities for students
- with special needs or chronic illness
- with children
- who are first-generation students
- who work alongside their studies.
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 to eight 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 "Free Mover" 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 the International Office about four to six months before your planned semester abroad. The chances of getting accepted to these universities as a Free Mover are very high.
- Australia: University of Newcastle, Western Sydney University, RMIT University
- England: Alnwick Castle Campus of St. Cloud State University (especially recommended for English Studies, Business and Social Studies/Sociology)
- Canada: University of Victoria (application through IEC)
- Peru: Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola (Campus Cusco)
- Puerto Rico (USA): Universidad del Sagrado Corazón
- South Korea: Hanyang University ERICA
- Taiwan: National Taiwan University
- USA: California State University, Monterey Bay, Northern Arizona University (tuition and fees according to the RTR-rate), Western Washington University Intensive English Program
Washington Semester Program (internship and studies in Washington, D.C.): Gain practical experience in addition to your courses in this program at the American University (in-state tuition fees). Further information and registration through the Institute for Journalism.
- 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".
Best Value: Current List, Thammasat Univ (Thailand), Korea University (South Korea), Vietnam National Univ. (Vietnam), Udayana University (Indonesia), Universiti Putra Malaysia (Malaysia), University of Botswana (Botswana), University of Johannesburg (South Africa), Universidad del Salvador (Argentina)
Also Popular: CSU San Marcos (USA), Kansai Gaidai Univ. (Japan), Massey Univ. (New Zealand), UT Sydney (Australia)
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):
- Asia Exchange / Beyond Abroad
- College Contact
- IEC Online
- Institut Ranke-Heinemann
- World of Students
The AmerikaHaus NRW e.V. (EducationUSA) in Cologne can advise students interested in studying in the USA. (Only advising, no university placement)
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 the International Office 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 Free Mover students).
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.
The AmerikaHaus NRW e.V. (EducationUSA) in Cologne can advise students interested in studying in the USA.
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.
Are you enrolling in a completely digital master degree? Then the DAAD scholarship Chancen.Digital may be a good fit.
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