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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?

Scholarships from TU Dort­mund University

Exchange Programs

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. 

PROMOS Scholarships

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:

Educational Loans

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.

Foundations and Scholarship Databases (in German)



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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)