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The University


Since its founding 50 years ago, Technische Universität Dortmund (TU Dortmund University) has developed a special profile, encompassing 16 faculties ranging from science and engineering to social sciences and cultural studies. The university currently has 34,600 students and 2,300 academic staff, 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.

The City


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.



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Students' comments

"I came here knowing nothing about Germany and its culture, but I left here having an understanding of Germany and its people. Most of all, I feel as though I grew as a person."

(Participant, ISP 2014)


"I didn’t realize what a central location TU Dortmund has before I came here. This is something that should definitely be highlighted about the program, since travelling to Berlin, Hamburg, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels and Luxemburg is so easy. I travelled a lot during my stay here and got to see so many new places and cultures. I had a great experience travelling; especially I made good friends in the program."

(Maria E. Bendana, Harvard University, ISP 2011)