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Germany has a variable climate with frequent changes of weather from day to day. The character of individual summers and winters may also be very different from year to year, depending on whether oceanic or continental influences dominate. That makes forecasting difficult. Nevertheless, extreme temperature lows and highs are rare. In general, summer temperatures are typically between 18°C and 30°C. However, to be on the safe side, be sure to bring a sweater and wet weather clothing with you. There is no need to bring a suit or elegant clothes with you.



You may take as many courses as you wish. Students usually take 2 to 3 courses in addition to the mandatory German language course.


Course Scheduling

Class scheduling depends on your choice of classes. The mandatory German language class takes place Mondays from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and Wednesdays from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.. All the other courses offered as part of the program are scheduled around these time slots. For details on specific times, please consult the Course Catalog in our download section.


Course Selection

You may choose any class from Track A – Engineering, Track B – German and European Studies and Track C - Entrepreneurship. On your online application form, you are asked to make a preliminary course selection. We need the information in order to plan the courses. However, this course selection is not binding since the final course choice will take place during the academic orientation once you are in Dortmund. You may also attend classes that are not offered as part of the program. They are mostly in German, though, and will already have started several weeks before the beginning of the summer program.


Dropping and Switching Courses

Dropping and/ or switching courses does not require any formal notification. Simply write a short e-mail to the program organizers to inform them about the change.


Instruction Language

Except for the German language class, all courses will be taught in English. For courses in Track B – German and European Studies, the classes might be bilingual to a certain extent depending on your German proficiency. But the primary language will be English.



Exams for Track A – Engineering will be scheduled after regular classes end, i.e. in the week after the end of the lecture period. You will be informed about the exam schedule in the first weeks of classes. Exams for Track B – German and European Studies will take place during the final week of the lecture period, i.e. mid-July. You may use the weeks after the lecture period for individual traveling. But keep your exam schedule in mind.


Research Project

You can also do a part-time or full-time research project in addition to or instead of the courses offered as part of the program. Please click here for more information. For the application process you have to fill out the online application form and indicate that you are opting for a research project.



After successful completion of the program, your official transcript will be sent to your home institution. Your transcript will include the courses you successfully completed, the credits, and your grades. The amount of credits depends on the individual courses. The German language course generates 3 credit hours.


Completing the Program

In order to successfully complete the International Summer Program you need to complete at least one of your chosen courses.


German Language Course

We offer a mandatory German language class on different proficiency levels (beginners, intermediate, and advanced) during the duration of the program. You can find more information here.


German Culture Course

The German culture course “Germany – Politics, Culture, and Society” is mandatory if you only take classes from Track A – Engineering or Track C - Entrepreneurship. If you attend courses from Track B – German and European Studies, you may decide whether to take it. Please click here for further information.

Application Process


In order to apply for the International Summer Program, you have to fill out the online application form.



We will let you know whether you have been accepted to the program in mid-March 2020. You will then receive more information about the program and your admission letter via e-mail.


Program Fee/ Service Package

You will have to transfer the program fee by the beginning of April. Once you have been admitted to the program, you will receive further information on how and where to transfer the money to.


Refund Policy

If you have to cancel your stay due to medical problems or other personal issues, you will receive a refund of the costs that can still be refunded at the point of cancellation.


Additional Expenses

The program fee covers your accommodation in Dortmund, your health insurance, the public transportation ticket as well as the cultural program offered as part of the summer program. Academic and language courses are covered through the exchange agreement between your university and TU Dortmund University.

Additional expenses include food, incidentals, individual traveling, and your plane/train tickets to/from Germany/Dortmund. You should estimate about €300 per month for food and other incidentals. This amount depends on your personal spending, of course. 


To find out whether you need a visa or not, please consult the website of the Auswärtiges Amt (Federal Foreign Office): For those who do not need a visa, please keep in mind that this only applies for stays up to three months. For those who do need a visa, you should apply for the Schengen Visa.

At the German Consulate, you will need the following documents:

  •  the visa application form
  •  a certification of admission to the program which we will provide upon request after you transfer the program fee
  •  the official admission letter
  •  a financial statement
  •  a confirmation that you will eventually leave the country (e.g. plane ticket)
  •  a certificate as to the conditions of your health insurance which we will send you upon request

Furthermore, you will need passport photos and the visa fee. The following links provide you with more information about the Schengen Visa: Visa regulations and DAAD.


You have to set up your travel arrangements to Dortmund on your own.

Recommended airports with easy connections to Dortmund are:

  •  Düsseldorf Airport (DUS):

There is a train station right at the airport with direct regional train connections to Dortmund's main train station.

  •  Frankfurt Airport (FRA):

There is a train station right at the airport with direct high-speed train connections to Dortmund's main train station. You have to add approximately €80 for the high speed train ticket to Dortmund. You can also take regional trains from Frankfurt Airport to Dortmund for approximately €40, but you have to switch trains several times and it takes about twice as long (4-5 hours). We do not provide any travel allowance.


Dorm Room

You will most likely have a single room in a student dorm. You will share the bathroom and kitchen with a few other students. While you cannot choose who you share these facilities with, you and the other program participants will live close to each other. The bedding will be provided, but you will have to bring your own towels. Washing machines are available in the dorms. You will be asked to provide €200 for a deposit on your room, which you will get back at the end providing that you do not damage your room.



You will have wired internet access in your room. Please bring your own LAN cable. You will be asked to provide us with your MAC address a couple of weeks before the program starts. Check out the following link on how to find your MAC address.

Health Insurance

The program fee includes health insurance for acute diseases for the duration of the program. For more information please click here.

Public Transportation

The program fee includes a public transportation ticket valid on all local and regional trains and busses throughout North Rhine-Westphalia. For more information please click here.


If you plan on traveling at the end of July, you can store your luggage at the International Office.