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Technische Universität Dortmund

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Program Snapshot

Dortmund is located in the middle of the Ruhr region of Germany and is the perfect city in which to explore. The university integrates humanities, natural and engineering sciences, business and economics, teacher training, and excellent German as a Foreign Language for exchange students at all levels. While you can find enough to do without ever leaving the metropolitan area, the proximity to the Netherlands, Belgium and France also makes this a great place to start your weekend excursions exploring the rest of what old Europe has to offer.

The Ruhr is one of Europe's most exciting regions. More than 5 million people live in 53 cities, with Cologne, Bonn and the vineyards of the Rhine Valley on the periphery. A public transportation network, available to students at no cost, connects the whole area and opens its vast cultural offerings to each of its inhabitants.

The city, whose origins date back to 890 A.D., has grown into a modern center of business, high-tech industry, education, and culture. The old districts of town with their restaurants and pubs contrast with the newer sections dominated by daring modernist and postmodern architecture. More than half of the city's incorporated area is devoted to green spaces: gardens, spacious parks and forests.The proximity to neighboring states such as The Netherlands, Belgium, and France adds to the attractiveness of the region.

ISEP Exchange: undergraduate programs available for an academic year or semester

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.

Chance of Placement
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Good.
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for I-to-I students is generally Good.
For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students or Sites Open for I-to-I Applications.

Program Dates
Academic year: mid-October to mid-July;
Semester 1: mid-October to mid-February;
Semester 2: mid-April to mid-July.

Fast Facts
Dortmund, Germany (pop. 570,000)
Student Enrollment: 33,000
Language of instruction: German, English
University Home Page
Course Overview
International Office Homepage
Corporate Video of TU Dortmund University
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Art; Architecture; Business Administration; Economics; Education (social work, special education and rehabilitation); Engineering (chemical, civil, electrical, mechanical); English and American Studies; Geography; German (Language, Literature and Culture); History; Home Economics; Journalism; Mathematics (business, economics, general, statistics); Music; Sciences (chemistry, computer science, physics); Social Sciences; Spatial Planning (Spatial, urban and regional planning); Sports; Textiles (design, history); Theology.

Courses taught in English
Courses in English are offered in many fields of the university including Engineering, literary and cultural studies and English, American, and Comparative literature and culture. TU Dortmund University and Ruhr-Universität Bochum offer the only doctoral studies curriculum in American studies (Transatlantic and Transnational American Studies) in the German-Speaking countries.

Courses in Faculty of English Language and Literature

Courses for Graduate (Masters) Level
Students will be able to be enrolled in graduate-level courses in all areas offered by the university if they have completed the necessary prerequisites. Independent study schemes, including participation in research projects and master-level and doctoral research groups, are also available to qualified students in many areas.

Academic Notes
TU Dortmund University integrates natural and engineering sciences, business and economics, social sciences, humanities and teacher training, and offers strong and innovative programs in all the major divisions.

TU Dortmund University is one of the few German universities offering degree programs in Statistics, Journalism, and Mathematics for Business and Economics. The degree program in Spatial Planning has become one of the largest training centers of its kind in Europe, and the Dortmund Model for the Building Sciences links the often disparate fields of architecture and civil engineering. Particularly recommended for ISEP participants is a special program enabling them to combine language and culture courses with academic work in their major and minor subjects.

The Department of English and American Studies has developed courses in comparative culture in which students from Germany and English-speaking countries learn together in intercultural classrooms. Students from anywhere in the world are welcome to attend.
Dortmund also offers independent study opportunities and participation in research projects in students’ special areas of interest and expertise.


Transcripts are released immediately upon receipt of all relevant documents "Scheine" from the ISEP student. Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the student’s home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Language Notes
Language Requirements: 2 semesters of German is recommended. 3-4 semesters of German is required to follow courses conducted in German. Students wishing to enroll solely in English-taught courses are not required to provide German proficiency (provided courses are available).

Language Notes: German language courses are offered in conjunction with regular courses during the academic year.

Pre-session: A 4 week pre-session German language course is offered in September and March, and tuition fees for the course are waived for ISEP students. The course is accompanied by a mandatory tutorial program that includes excursions and activities that are organized for you and help you become acquainted with the area before the semester begins. In order to finance these activities (entrance fees, etc.), students must pay EUR 30 at the beginning of the program. If costs incurred are less than EUR 30, students receive the difference at the end of the course.
Please note: Regular ISEP benefits cover 5 months per semester. For the winter semester the benefits do not begin until the start of the official semester (October 1st) and therefore students will need to pay for their own rent (approx. 260-350 EUR), meals and transportation in September. Since the summer semester is a month shorter than the winter semester, the ISEP-benefits cover March to July.

For more information on courses and language options, see the:
German Options-at-a-Glance
German Language Advising Chart

Hints for Researching Courses
Researching courses in English on a German university homepage can be difficult and confusing. Here find a quick guide to navigating a German website, finding courses in both English and German, and some translations of common words and major fields of study.
Download the ISEP Guide to Course Selection

Housing and Meals
Students are housed in residence halls (single rooms) and receive a stipend for meals. Dortmund's multiple cafeterias offer daily specials at a low-cost, including salad bar, main meals, barbeque, noodle and dessert bars and snacks. The 'Vital" restaurant on campus offers fresh salads, vegetables, wholesome dishes and a buffet.

Most buildings on campus (including dorms) have internet access. The university's computer labs and single-computer stations are also available to you if you do not have a net book.


You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: optional fees (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), books, local transportation, entertainment, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount needed will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Your personal expenses per month, including books, are estimated at: 300 €. This will vary by personal spending and consumption habits.

Dortmund offers a comprehensive orientation to the city, university, study programs, and extracurricular activities. Students will also have the opportunity to meet their "Dortmund Double," register for courses, and ask any logistical questions they may have. The International Office is available for consult before, during and after the official orientation period.

A full time ISEP coordinator on site is always available. The international office provides advice and support to foreign study applicants and facilitate their admission to the university. Mentors provide support with overcoming difficulties, advice regarding bureaucratic affairs and organization of a semester timetable.

Student Activities
  • All students are assigned a "double" in the Dortmund Doubles Program. Doubles are buddies who assist with everyday matters on campus and help you to get to know the entire metropolitan area better as well as arrange events like American Thanksgiving and Independence Day celebrations.

  • Students are offered the opportunity to take a hiking or biking tour through the Ruhr Valley landscape with the Dortmund staff and faculty at the beginning of each semester.

  • International Kulturcafes are presented twice a semester, and give students from different countries the chance to present their region, food and culture. Each evening focuses on a certain region of the world and students are encouraged to assist in planning the entertainment and culinary highlights of the evening.
  • Students may have the chance to participate in an internship in addition to their studies.

  • Students attending either for Fall or Full Year are invited to the university's International Welcome Reception each fall, in which International Students are welcomed to TU Dortmund University and are offered the chance to meet students have just returned from abroad.

  • The university also boasts over 60 kinds of sports associations to keep you active during your study abroad experience. Additionally, students may choose to join a Student Association, including the Chamber Choir, Wind Orchestra, University Film Club or the University Orchestra.

  • TU Dortmund University also hosts the Summer Festival once a year, open to all. The festival consists of open-air parties and food from all over the world.

Community Engagement (Internships, Service-Learning, Volunteering, etc.)
Students attending TU Dortmund University through ISEP may apply for internship opportunities once they arrive. This includes a long-standing and very popular school internship program where students can work with elementary or secondary school students in a Dortmund school one morning per week.

TU Dortmund University has been researching and teaching at the global intersection between man, nature and technology since its foundation in 1968. It has developed a unique profile with a special combination of faculties in the natural sciences and engineering, the social sciences and the humanities. This structure produces new knowledge, methodologies and technical innovations. All this is achieved through a wide spectrum of innovative research and in 67 bachelor's and master's programs including a broad-based teacher training curriculum in at least 30 subjects.

There are a number of exceptional research facilities on campus such as DELTA, an electron storage ring test facility, or the Research and Training Center for Robotics. The sports program covers a full range of activities complemented by a student orchestra, a choir, drama groups and a student newspaper.

What Past Students have to Say
The decision to study abroad was the best choice I have made in my life. Living in Europe gave me the chance to see many different lands and cultures and to study in an academic environment different from the one I had been in until that time, but the most important aspect was the many different friends from different cultures I made while there. -David Watson, New Mexico State University