The Welcome Service team advises and supports international scientists and researchers who come to the TU Dortmund University for research stays and acts as a link between researchers, the administration, various external offices and the host chairs and institutes.
We offer a comprehensive range of support and consulting services to both your guests and you for various non-academic questions and concerns.
Our advice and support covers the following topics:
- Invitation modalities (e.g. admission agreements)
- Visa matters
- Search for accommodation
- Stay with family (family reunification and support services)
- Questions about health insurance, bank account, broadcasting fees etc.
- Registration and deregistration of residence and application/extension of residence permits with the City of Dortmund (incl. escort service)
- Integration offers in the form of events and excursions (e.g. Language Café "Researchers go Deutsch")
- Participation in language courses
- Contacts and advisory services for international researchers (e.g. Ambassador Program)
- Further training opportunities for international researchers
- Departure formalities
Furthermore, we are happy to advise and support you in the context of the following programs, which can be used to provide targeted funding for individual international reseachers:
- Philipp Schwartz Initiative: By providing funding, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation facilitates the hosting of threatened scientists and refugee researchers at universities and research institutions.
- Gambrinus Fellowship: Funds specifically for TU Dortmund University can be used to support short-term stays by international researchers from various disciplines.
Please register your guests in advance, so that we can provide comprehensive advice.
The manual is up to date as of September 2017, so that some of the information and issues addressed in the chapter on entry and residence are no longer current. You will find up-to-date information on the topic on our website regarding visa and residence.
We are also happy to put you in touch with other services of TU Dortmund University (e.g. the family service).
We are looking forward to your inquiry. You can find our contact data on our website.
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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".Zum Lageplan