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Within the International Summer Program you can choose and combine courses from two fields of study: Track A: Engineering and Track B: German and European Culture.

Track A: Engineering is designed mainly for students from partner universities from all over the world in the third or fourth year. It is also suitable for graduate students. The Faculty of Biochemical and Chemical Engineering has put together the course catalog and will help you when you have academic questions (see Meet the staff). The program is complemented by two mandatory courses in German language and culture ("German Language Course" and "Germany - Politics, Culture & Society").

Track B: German and European studies is offered for American and other international students interested in German language, literature and culture in European and global contexts. The Faculty of Culture Studies will advise you in academic questions (see Meet the staff).

The International Summer Program classes are regular courses integrating German and international Dortmund students during the second half of the German summer semester. You are welcome to create your very own course schedule by selecting classes from both academic tracks. The track-specific course offerings are complemented by the mandatory German language class, the German culture course, and the cultural program and excursions.





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"The ISP was wonderful and beyond anything I could have imagined. I loved my stay here and am sad to see it end!"

(Participant, ISP 2015)


"The community of the ISP was incredibly accepting and accomodating. They were taking us students in and making us feel like we've already been friends for years. Every question, concern or need of mine was dealt with amazingly."

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"I enjoyed every day of this program! This program gives you a lot of opportunities and has given me many new friends such as experiences which I will never forget. I had the best summer of my life!"

(Participant, ISP 2014)


“Facing the world!! I think that is the first message. People usually say we came back different from a trip, and it is true!! Dortmund ISP is a great opportunity to share and learn new experiences among people from all over the world. Thinking, talking, listening, laughing, learning and so on!!”

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(Rodrigo Meneguzzo, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, ISP 2012)


“Dortmund ISP gave me just the right mix of academic and cultural opportunities to have a summer where I could both learn and travel across Europe.”

(Christopher Setian, University of Pennsylvania, ISP 2010)