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Working Students

Are you working in order to cover the cost of studying? Do you wonder, how you should be able to afford a stay abroad if you have to pause or even completely give up your job? If you go abroad with the Erasmus+ program you can apply for additional funding so that you do not have to miss out on this amazing opportunity.

Erasmus+ Inclusion Top Ups for Stays Abroad in Europe (Program Countries)

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The new program generation of Erasmus+ is now even more inclusive and focused on creating equal opportunities. With its new forms of mobility, additional funding opportunities and broader target audience, the program makes stays abroad more feasible for even more people by breaking down potential barriers to going abroad.

Students who work alongside their studies and have to pause or give up the job for their planned Erasmus+ stay abroad may apply for a supplemental grant of 250 EUR per month in addition to the regular Erasmus+ mobility grant. Please note the conditions below. The stay abroad must take place in an Erasmus+ Program Country (KA131, beginning in project year 2022). Stays in so-called Partner Countries - like the United Kingdom - do not qualify.

Erasmus+ Outgoings can receive assistance with the Inclusion Top Up from

Erasmus+ Studies: Turn in the Honorary Declaration Form (Ehrenwörtliche Erklärung) at least three months before your stay abroad.

Erasmus+ Internships: When you apply for the Erasmus+ grant (at least one month before your stay abroad) be sure to mark the appropriate box on the application form and upload your Honorary Declaration Form (Ehrenwörtliche Erklärung).  However, due to limited resources we recommend applying as early as possible!

What is considered employment?

The job/employment must be carried out for at least six continuous months before going abroad. 

During the required timeframe of employment before the application,  you must have earned a monthly salary of more than 450 EUR and less than 850 EUR (monthly net earnings/take home pay for all jobs added together).

The job must have been subject to social insurance contributions (sozialversicherungspflichtig). Freelance work or jobs carried out in a dual/vocational degree program are not eligible. 

May I retain my job while I am abroad?

No. The job may not be carried out during your stay abroad. However, you do not have to completely give up your job; it may be paused for the duration of your stay abroad.

In case you plan to continue working in your job during your stay abroad, check with your employer regarding all questions about remote work (the Corporate Center Human Resources at TU Dortmund University can assist all students employed by the university). In this case, you will not be eligible for an Inclusion Top Up.

Proof of employment can be shown through your salary statements and tax return(s).

Please note that you will need to hold on to all documents verifying your eligibility for an Inclusion Top Up,  since the university will conduct random verification checks. Upon request you will need to promptly turn in all documents.



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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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