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Before departure

It is best to think about how you will finance your studies before you travel to Germany. Financing your studies must be ensured in order to apply for a visa at the German embassy. Also, take into consideration that you need a blocked account or another form of accepted financial security (e.g. accepted scholarship, letter of obligation committment) beforehand. It is not possible to finance your blocked account in Germany with a part-time job whilst studying (§16 Abs. 3 AufenthG). However, to finance your studies you are allowed to work in Germany under special regulations. Please make sure to contact your local German embassy to ensure a sufficient financial security for your stay abroad.


Living in Dortmund/NRW

Included in the cost of living are rent, food, clothing and similar expenses, which have to be paid every month. In order to cover them, you have to anticipate approximately €853 per month, which need to be covered. We wish to remind you that this estimation does NOT include leisure activities but that money can be saved by taking advantage of special student offers. For further information on special student offers, please contact the AStA. Some of the information mentioned can be found in the social survey conducted by the German Student Services.


Semester fees

The semester fees are compulsory. By paying a social contribution TU Dortmund wants to ensure reasonable meal prices in the cafeteria as well as a semester ticket for the use of public transportation in North Rhine-Westphalia (summer semester 2019: €299.22). Please take note: additional to the semester fees you need to consider living expenses. 


Financial support during your studies

Help Fund AStA TU Dortmund

(interest-free) loan for students

Härtefallausgleich AStA TU Dortmund

Semester Ticket Refund

Studierendenwerk Dortmund

(Student services)

Notfallhilfe für Studierende

Financial help for students who face financial hardships.

DAKA Loan und FAQs on BAföG Counseling for international students

Church Organisations

Protestant Student Community (ESG)


Catholic Student Community (KHG)

Diakonie in Dortmund und Lünen

(Social welfare organisations)

Debt advice counseling and financial help for students who face financial hardships or already are in debt

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International Office

Verena Wolf

Emil-Figge-Str. 61, Room 212

Telephone: 0231 7552484



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