Applying to the department is the first step in the application process for your Erasmus semester. The application period for the upcoming academic year runs from December 15 to January 15 each year. So, for winter semester 23/24 and summer semester 24, you could apply from December 15, 2022 to January 15, 2023.
Bachelor students who will be in their 3rd semester by the time they go abroad and master students are eligible to apply. Please note that some of our partner universities only accept bachelor or master students, and in some cases only courses in English are offered for one of the two study levels.
Your application should include the following documents:
- Application form
- Letter of motivation (English, 1 to max. 2 pages)
- CV in table format, in English
- Extracurricular activities (please include proof, such as certificates)
- Language certificates (e.g., DAAD language certificate)
- Relevant certificates (e.g., high school diploma, current BOSS statement)
- Current enrollment certificate
Please send these documents in PDF format by email to the Departmental Erasmus Coordinator within the application deadline. More information about the required documents can be found in the FAQ on this page.
You will then receive feedback in early to mid-February as to whether we can offer you a place.
Ist Ihre Bewerbung erfolgreich, wird die Fakultät Sie an der Gasthochschule nominieren. Daraufhin wird diese Sie kontaktieren und um eine Bewerbung bitten. Die genauen Anforderungen und benötigten Unterlagen variieren von Hochschule zu Hochschule.
Beispiele für häufig angeforderte Unterlagen sind:
- Bewerbungsformulare, oder Bewerbung über Onlineformular
- Lebenslauf auf Englisch
- Anschreiben in der Sprache, in der Sie Kurse besuchen werden (meist Englisch)
- Übersicht über aktuelle Leistungen (transcript of records)
Dies kann im Studierendensekretariat angefordert werden. Beachten Sie bitte, dass dies einige Wochen Vorlaufzeit haben kann.
- Kopie Ihres aktuellen Ausweises oder Reisepasses
Achten Sie darauf, dass der Ausweis bzw. der Pass für die Dauer des geplanten Aufenthalts gültig ist.
If your application is successful, the faculty will nominate you at the host university. They will then contact you and ask you to apply. The exact requirements and documents needed vary from university to university.
Examples of commonly requested documents are:
- Application forms, or application via online form
- Resume in English
- Cover letter in the language in which you will be taking classes (usually English)
- Language certificates
- Overview of current achievements (transcript of records)
This can be requested from the Registrar's Office. Please note that this may have a few weeks lead time.
- Copy of your current identification card or passport
Make sure that the ID or passport is valid for the duration of the planned stay
- Passport photo
Your application should include the following documents:
You will find the link to the application form on this page. Please make sure that you fill out the application form completely and correctly. You may indicate up to three universities of choice, but may enter fewer. If it is not possible to sign the application form electronically, you can also print it out, sign it and send it to us scanned or photographed. The form is in German, if there are issues due to a language barrier, please contact your Erasmus coordinator.
If you fill out the application form by hand, please make sure that it is legible.
Letter of motivation (English, 1 to max. 2 pages)
This is central to your application. Your letter should:
- make clear why you want to go abroad.
- show that you have researched your chosen universities, explain why you want to go there in particular, and that you have researched the courses offered. As an attachment to the letter of motivation, you can give an overview of courses that you are interested in and that you think could be recognized for your studies. You can find out more about the recognition of courses taken abroad here.
- We are always happy to hear about students willing to support our Erasmus program. This may include, for example, offering to write a short report on your experience at the end of your stay.
CV in table format, in English
Extracurricular activities (please include proof, such as certificates)
This includes, for example, involvement in associations or student committees. You can also indicate intercultural commitment, such as participation in the department's buddy program or the offers of the International Office.
Language certificates (e.g., DAAD language certificate)
For the application, we also take into account evidence such as language subjects in the Abitur certificate. Attendance of courses up to the Abitur corresponds roughly to B2, and attendance of advanced courses to C1. This applies to any comparable university entrance qualifications.
However, in most cases this will not be sufficient for the application to the host university and you should try to find another proof. This includes, for example, the DAAD language certificate, which students of the TU Dortmund can take free of charge (more information can be found here). Please note that the test can only be taken once within 6 months. You can wait to take the DAAD test until after you have been awarded a place, but should you take it before then, make sure that you are oriented towards the university of your choice with the highest requirements.
Relevant certificates (e.g., high school diploma, current BOSS statement)
This is about courses passed, not courses taken. If you are applying in your first semester, this may also mean that your Boss statement does not yet show any courses. Please attach the excerpt anyway.
Current enrollment certificate
We have two to four places per academic year (i.e. for the winter and summer semesters) at most of our partner universities. In most cases, significantly more students apply than we have places at the respective universities. Especially the universities in Portugal, Spain and Northern Europe are very popular. In these cases we decide based on the applications.
In order for your application to be considered at all, it is important that you submit the documents completely and on time.
The following criteria will then be used for further evaluation:
- Letter of motivation - has the candidate thoroughly researched their universities of choice? Is it clear how the stay abroad fits into their studies?
- Extracurricular activites, especially intercultural ones
- Relevant language skills. Usually this concerns English language skills, but knowledge of the local language can also be of advantage.
- Academic achievements
- Study phase
- How well the application documents have been prepared
After the application deadline, we will distribute the available places among the applications received. If there are still free places after that, we will announce these via our website. Usually, free places are offered in February. You will then have another four weeks or so to apply for the available places. After that, unfortunately, we can no longer consider applications for the respective academic year.
The allocation of places is usually announced two to four weeks after the application period ends. You will then be contacted by us and receive an offer of a place, which you have to accept or reject within 14 days. This decision is then binding.
If you have not been offered a place at your university of choice, but have been offered another place, you can ask by e-mail to be put on the waiting list for your university of choice. You still have to accept or cancel the offered place within 14 days. If the place at your university of choice becomes available, for example because someone else has cancelled, we will write to you again. This will be in the week following the 14-day period. If you have accepted the place offered to you, we will allow you to change.
If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact the department's Erasmus coordinator, Dr. Debra Hanning, or the International Office.
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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".
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