We here at the Department of Business and Economics want to ensure that you can get the most ouf of your Erasmus semester. One way we do this is to ensure that you can find your feet quickly and get started straight away. We have devised a buddy system where students from our department act as guides and mentors to help you put together your study schedule, find your way around campus and Dortmund and just generally settle in. In the weeks before the beginning of the new semester you will be assigned a buddy - if you want to, of course!
We have provided an overview of how to find out when and where your courses are taking place - if you have any issues finding the correct information, please do not hesitate to reach out to your buddy. You can also contact the Departmental Erasmus Coordinator.
As well as the German intensive course you can take part in at the beginning of your stay, you can also choose to take other language courses - either bettering your German or learning more about other languages. The International Office provides the relevant links.
There are lots of things to do on campus as well. TU Dortmund University provides an overview here.
- Love sports and want to make new friends on campus? There's something for everyone at university sports (the website is in German, but you can ask your buddy for help or directly approach the campus sports groups - almost everyone speaks English).
- TU Dortmund also offers a lot for music lovers: There is an overview of university ensembles and the current concert program - again, in German, but please do not hestitate to ask about this if you are interested.
- The International Office also organizes international campus events and gives an overview of international groups.
Here we have put together an overview of the answers to common questions.
We have put together some advice on how to best put together your schedule here. You can also contact your buddy or the Departmental Erasmus Coordinator.
Usually we assign buddys about six weeks before the start of the new semester.
No, you can just write an email and let us know you do not wish for a buddy. We do recommend taking part in the buddy system as the help of a local student can solve a lot of issues quickly.
As well as the tipps on this page, here is some more information on things to do:
- Dortmund is a soccer city: Whether you want to watch an exciting game of Borussia Dortmund in the stadium or learn more about the sport in our soccer museum - soccer fans will definitely get their money's worth here! (It's a bit pricey, but well worth it for fans!)
- You want to relax in the green? In addition to numerous parks, Dortmund offers the botanical garden Rombergpark, where there is a lot to discover! Love nature? There are many beautiful parks, lakes and other spots of natural beauty in Dortmund.
- Interested in history - take a lot at some of the local industrial history or historical sites nearby.
- For more ideas, check out the information on #visitDortmund!
- What about the nightlife? There are many clubs and bars in Dortmund, Dortmund's Westfalenpark has many great events throughout the year and then there's the famous Bermuda Triangle (a bar area) in Bochum, the city right next to Dortmund.
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Location & approach
The campus of TU Dortmund University is located close to interstate junction Dortmund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dortmund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dortmund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dortmund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the university are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dortmund.
To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.
TU Dortmund University has its own train station ("Dortmund Universität"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dortmund main station ("Dortmund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The university is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.
You can also take the bus or subway train from Dortmund city to the university: From Dortmund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dortmund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dortmund main station to the stop "Dortmund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dortmund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dortmund Universität S".
The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dortmund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dortmund Universität S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the university directly with the city of Dortmund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.
The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.
The departments of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".
Streetnavigation from and to TU Dortmund University:
The document and the graphic represent the motorways and federal highways around the TU Dortmund University in a very simplified way:
This interactive map helps you find and navigate between facilities and buildings on campus:
This document contains a simple campus map in German and English: