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Overseas Exchange Program

TU Dortmund University cooperates with universities across the world in so-called bilateral exchange partnerships and as a member of the ISEP network (International Student Exchange Program). These partnerships offer all students the opportunity to study abroad at the partner institutions with a full tuition waiver.

The deadline for applications for the next academic year ends on 30 October each year.

German language skills (and possibly also skills in the host country's language) are required in order to participate in this program.

For the academic year 2024/2025

Apply by 30 October 2023!

© Laura Hope​/​TU Dortmund


In the list below you will find the universities paticipating in the exchange program (both bilateral and ISEP partner universities). Although you can specify certain universities as favorites in your application, you are mainly applying for the target country. A placement at one of your preferred universities or within the framework of your preferred program cannot be guaranteed. Please be as flexible as possible in this respect. It is possible to apply for several countries, but you must clearly indicate which country is your first choice.

If you get a place in the exchange program, the selection committee will ultimately decide where you will study and whether the exchange will take place via the bilateral partnerships or via the ISEP network. At all partner universities you will receive full tuition waiver.

Some of the cooperations take place through so-called bilateral partnerships. Usually TU Dortmund University exchanges students every year directly with these universities. 

Other cooperations take place through the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP), a network in which TU Dortmund University is a member. The exchange with universities in ISEP is indirect, which means that students do not go to every university in the network every year. The universities that are actually open for exchange can vary from year to year.


Whether you prefer to go to an ISEP or a bilateral partner university, there is only one application for the Overseas Exchange Program and the selection committee will place you at one university. Please note: Space in this exchange program is very limited. Usually only every 3rd or 4th student will get a spot in the program. Please note that it is especially important in this program to have volunteered - especially in an intercultural context. Information about the possibilities on campus are in the Checklist for Stays Abroad.

Application information and selection criteria


Your Scholarship: In all of TU Dortmund University's exchange programs you will receive a scholarship in the form of a full tuition fee waiver at the partner university. You only pay your visa, travel and accommodation expenses.

The accommodation and meal costs for a semester at an ISEP university are about 6,000 EUR (including room and board), regardless of the destination. (Please note that this amount can change due to the current political/economical situation.)

The accommodation and meal costs for a semester at a bilateral partner university may vary, since room and board costs can vary considerably even within one country (usually between 5,000 EUR and 10,000 EUR).

Follow TU Dortmund University's Study Abroad Storytellers live on their adventures abroad and apply for a spot in the Overseas Exchange Program by 30 October!

Study Abroad Storytellers

Universities in the Program

Please refer to the German list of available countries and universities.



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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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