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for a semester at a partner school overseas

PROMOS Direct Scholarship

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TU Dortmund University offers the PROMOS scholarship program, funded by the DAAD and BMBF, for stays of up to one semester at an overseas partner university. 

All TU Dortmund University students (in Bachelor or Master) who are studying at an overseas bilateral partner university as a so-called "FreeMover" (without a tuition waiver) may apply.


Students who spend a semester at a bilateral or ISEP partner university overseas as so-called "Study Abroad/FreeMover" students (without a tuition waiver) can apply for a scholarship. It is important that TU Dortmund University has a university-wide partnership agreement with this university.

Departmental partnerships are not eligible for funding.

Stays in the home country are not eligible for funding.

Possible Universities

Eligible universities can be found under the information on independently organized stays abroad and then under "How do I find a university?" or on the website for the overseas exchange program. Only TU Dortmund University's partner universities are eligible.  If you have any questions, please contact the International Office.

Student Status

You must remain enrolled at TU Dortmund University during the entire semester abroad. However, a leave of absence ("Beurlaubung") is possible.


Students who qualify for AuslandsBAföG can only apply if the lump sum for tuition fees via AuslandsBAföG is not sufficient to cover all tuition fees. To apply for this scholarship, you must apply for AuslandsBAföG and submit the rejection letter or acceptance letter (with the amount of funding for tuition fees confirmed).

Show us your everyday (work) life and share parts of your life with us while you are abroad! Use the hashtag  #TUstoryteller in your own posts and link to our Instagram Account tudo_international!  

In addition to the activities of your own social media accounts, we will ask you to provide regular content for tudo_international.

Students receive a tuition stipend of up to 3,000 EUR, according to the country-specific maximum limits from the DAAD for tuition fees (right column).

Students who qualify for AuslandsBAföG can only apply if the lump sum for tuition fees via AuslandsBAföG is not sufficient to cover all tuition fees.

Additional Funding

Students with special needs (at least GdB 50) or chronic illness can apply for up to 10,000 EUR additional funding from the DAAD; just be sure to contact the International Office early on in the planning process (six months prior).

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Application Process

The application deadline is 30 April for all stays abroad in the following academic year (approximately July in the same year to June in the following year).

The decision of the selection committee will be announced approximately one month later. One scholarship is awarded for the winter semester and one for the summer semester.

Missed the application deadline?

You can only apply after the application deadline if no scholarship has already been awarded for your intended semester. Please contact the International Office to find out whether it is still possible to apply at short notice for the semester of your stay abroad.

Documents (as one PDF):

  • Statement of Purpose and Study Plan for the stay abroad (up to 5 pages)
  • CV/resumé (German or English)
  • Letter of recommendation (from someone in a tecahing position) 
  • Admission Letter from the host institution (can be sent later)
  • In case not apparent in the admission letter: Confirmation of the cost of tuition
  • Grade report/Transcript of records
    (all grades from TU DO or from other schools, e.g. from BOSS)
  • Confirmation of your GPA ("Durchschnittsnote") from the Examinations Office
    All students who have completed at least one semester at TU Dortmund University must submit proof of their average grade (GPA) from the Examinations Office. The PDF documents generated in BOSS will not be accepted. Please be sure to take care of this on time.
    If you are currently in your first semester, we can accept your GPA/grade report from your past studies or school.
  • Current certificate of enrollment 
  • Letter from AuslandsBAföG (can be sent later)
  • further materials that would support your application can be sent, for example reference letters from past employers, language certificates and certificates from language courses or volunteer work.

Please send all documents in one PDF via e-mail to going-abroadtu-dortmundde.

  • Volunteer work and extracurricular activities
  • Academic motivation and relevance for your studies
  • Academic, linguistic and intercultural qualifications
  • Academic achievement (a GPA of 2.5 is typically expected)

You will need to turn in the following documents after the semester ends:

  • Transcript of Records from the host institution
  • Experience Report and Consent Form
    (Template in the Checklist for Stays Abroad)
  • Certificate(s) of enrollment for the entire duration of the internship

The documents can be sent to promos-stipendientu-dortmundde through e-mail or with a ("public", not personalized) Sciebo link.



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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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