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At a Glance

TU Dortmund University is one of your home university's partner institutions, and you are not sure whether you want to go to Dortmund or to a different university?

Here you will find some information that can help you make up your mind.


Dortmunder U


A large and diverse city in the Ruhr valley, Dortmund offers all the advantages of urban life in a metropolitan area of some 5 million people. At the same time, half of the city's spaces are green. Whereas the traditional coal and steel mills have been transformed into creative spaces and cultural hotspots, Dortmund has retained its soccer culture with some of Germany's most fun and enthusiastic soccer fans celebrating their team in Borussia Dortmund's 80,000 seat stadium. When you come to Dortmund, you will recognize immediately that you are not in a typical study abroad location. It is a territory you can discover for yourself, making new friends in a remarkably welcoming environment.


TU Dortmund University


A University with a unique profile

Since its founding 50 years ago, TU Dortmund University has developed a special profile, encompassing 16 faculties ranging from science and engineering to social sciences and culture studies. The university has about 34,500 students and 6,250 employees, including 300 professors. The various scientific disciplines share a common university spirit in which interdisciplinarity, communication, and cooperation are not only taught but lived and experienced.



1 Mathematics: The Faculty of Mathematics collaborates very successfully with engineering faculties and has developed mathematics education into a special area of expertise.
2 Physics: The Faculty of Physics offers the innovative study program Medical Physics. With its popular science lectures 'Between Breakfast and Borussia', the faculty has sparked growing interest in modern physics.
3 Chemistry and Chemical Biology: The profile of the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Biology is shaped by its close cooperation with its campus neighbor, the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology, with which it collaborates on drug discovery.
4 Computer Science: Dortmund's Faculty of Computer Science is one of the largest in Germany. Many of its graduates have established their own companies in the adjacent technology park.



The Faculty of Statistics is unique in Germany and particularly strong as a result of interaction with the life sciences, economics, and technology.


Biochemical and Chemical Engineering:

The Faculty of Biochemical and Chemical Engineering is the largest in Europe; it was here that the innovative degree program Bioengineering was developed.

7 Mechanical Engineering:

In production technology and logistics, the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering is a leader, both nationally and internationally.


Electrical Engineering and Information Technology:

Electromobility, energy storage, and intelligent networks are popular research fields in the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology.
9 Spatial Planning:

The Faculty of Spatial Planning, established by the university in 1969, was the first to offer an independent study program for spatial planners. Thanks to the international planning program SPRING, Dortmund graduates can be found on all continents around the world.

10 Architecture and Civil Engineering: The Faculty of Architecture and Civil Engineering is developing new approaches to the holistic planning and construction of buildings.
11 Business and Economics: In the Faculty of Business and Economics the spectrum ranges from entrepreneurship research, controlling and marketing to health policy and economic policy.


Education, Psychology, and Sociology:

The Faculty of Education, Psychology and Sociology has a nationwide reputation for its research on schools.
13 Rehabilitation Sciences: The Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences investigates the everyday support requirements of people with special needs. It is the largest independent university institution with this profile in Europe.
14 Human Sciences and Theology: Political scientists, philosophers, and theologians collaborate in the Faculty of Human Sciences and Theology.
15 Cultural Studies:

The Faculty of Cultural Studies promotes campus-wide dialogue with interdisciplinary course programs and offers Germany's only program in science journalism, which also includes an integrated traineeship in this field.

16 Arts and Sports Sciences: The Faculty of Arts and Sports Sciences also trains teachers specializing in art and offers a major in music on the course program for prospective secondary school teachers.

Highlights for exchange students

  • 4-week intensive German language course prior to each semester (March / September) - free of charge for exchange students
  • German language courses for all levels also available free of charge during the semester
  • Dortmund Doubles Program (you will be teamed up with German students who will help you become part of campus and city life)
  • High level of support by the academic advisors and the staff of the International Office
  • Guaranteed room reservation in a student dorm (on or off Campus)
  • If you have special needs, we will do everything to address them
  • Explore the Ruhr Area, Germany's largest - yet greenest - metropolitan area and visit historical cities like Bonn, Cologne or Münster
  • Your enrollment includes the "NRW ticket", a ticket that gives you free access to trains in the entire state of North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Participate in many activities in and around Dortmund such as attending a soccer game of Dortmund's home team Borussia Dortmund in Germany's largest soccer stadium or visit the impressive Art Nouveau coal mine at Zeche Zollern
  • You may even cross-register for courses at the Ruhr University Bochum or the University of Duisburg-Essen, both easy to reach by train

You will feel at home in Dortmund!

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Language requirements and courses

Most of the courses at TU Dortmund University are taught in German. Keep in mind though that many of the classes offered in the Faculty of Culture Studies, especially in the Institute for English and American Studies (all in English), are very interdisciplinary: Several classes in this institute could count for other fields in the humanities from politics to sociology to philosophy to film and sometimes even business – not just English literature.

Many of our courses are not part of a statically fixed curriculum but are original courses planned for a specific semester. Therefore, they are not part of an unchanging course catalogue and are not available until shortly before the semester starts. Exchangees are also encouraged to select their courses on-site and are welcome to drop and add after the semester has started. Please feel free to if you are interested in studying at TU Dortmund University – we would be more than happy to check to see which courses we could most likely offer you.

Courses for each department at TU Dortmund University can be found here (we can help if the links are still too difficult to navigate – German universities are very decentralized in this aspect).


  • For the winter semester (October to February): May 15
  • For the summer semester (April to July): November 15

We also accept applications after these deadlines from students from our U.S. partner universities and from partner universities sending students within the ERASMUS+ Program from outside of Europe!