The earlier you start gathering information and organizing your stay abroad, the higher your chances are of getting a scholarship, since the application deadlines are usually very early. Auslandsbafög and study loans could be options for stays abroad that are planned on shorter notice.
Life abroad can be expensive! You don't just have additional expenses for the flight, visa and activities in your host country, but you also need to consider that the cost of living in general can be much higher. Set yourself a budget from the very beginning to avoid any negative surprises. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has detailed information about the cost of living in all countries across the world. (in German)
How Expensive Will My Stay Abroad Be?
All participants in one of TU Dortmund University's exchange programs automatically receive a full tuition waiver. In some programs, like the Erasmus exchange program, an additional stipend is also awarded. Please note the varying application deadlines as well as the (German) language requirements in some of the programs.
Martin Schmeißer Foundation
The Martin Schmeißer Foundation, which began in 1993 as an initiative of the City of Dortmund and sponsors from Dortmund's industry, is a foundation that promotes TU Dortmund University's international academic relationships. The foundation awards scholarships for bachelor and master thesis projects that include a stay abroad of at least two months. Interested students should apply by 15 February or 15 September. Applications from international students are encouraged.
As a part of PROMOS, a scholarship program from the DAAD and funded by the BMBF, TU Dortmund University offers scholarships for stays of up to six months:
- "Study Abroad Storyteller" at Overseas Partner Universities
Application Deadlines: 15.10. and 15.06.
- "Come TU Dortmund" Projects at Overseas Partner Universities
Application Deadline: usually late November
- Participation in a Short-Term Program at an Overseas Partner University
Application Deadlines: 30.04. and 15.11.
- Participation in the Intensive English Program at Western Washington University
Application Deadline: 3 months before program start
- Internships Abroad
Application Deadlines: 31.01., 30.04., 31.07. and 31.10.
Please note that many of these loans programs are only available to German citizens or permanent residents of Germany.
Certain people may apply for Auslandsbafög, even if you do not receive Bafög in Germany. As a part of this program, students receive up to 4,600 EUR for tuition fees (as a stipend, not a loan) as well as a stipend for travel costs, health insurnace and the cost of living (50% loan, 50% stipend).
The Darlehenskasse der Studierendenwerke (Daka) awards student loans for studies in Germany, but also for stays abroad.
The KfW Bank offers student loans with very low interest rates.
The Centrum für Hochschulentwicklung regularly publishes a loan check, in which loans from private banks are compared.
The Studienförderung Auslandssemester from the Deutsche Bildung AG and IEC Online GmbH offers students from all degree programs a loan of up to 30,000 EUR.
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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.