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Student Mentors for Erasmus

Buddy Program Business and Economics

Group of international students sitting together © Naassom Azevedo​/​Unsplash
Three students sitting on a bench and holding a green TU logo in their hands together. © Roland Baege​/​TU Dortmund

ERASMUS Buddy Program

Would you like to

  • establish contacts with international students?
  • welcome international students on campus and in Dortmund?
  • strengthen your intercultural competence and international profile?

Then the Buddy Program of the Department of Business and Economics is just right for you. Our buddies help international exchange students from other European countries settling in. The Buddy-Program offers you an easy way to make your studies more international. And if you are planning an Erasmus semester yourself, you can use the program to collect plus points for your application.

Your Tasks as a Buddy

The ERASMUS buddies take on the following tasks, among others, as part of their duties:

  • Welcoming the exchange student on the day of their arrival and accompanying them to their accommodations
  • Assistance with administrative formalities
  • Campus tour
  • Helping them to create their study timetable
  • Assistance with general questions regarding studying at TU Dortmund University

We try to match students in in terms of intended degree, subject, age and interests and hope that cross-border friendships will develop. For Dortmund students, there are many advantages to participating in the ERASMUS Buddy Program:

  • Participation in the ERASMUS Buddy Program will be taken into consideration when applying for an exchange place in the Erasmus program.
  • Buddies will receive a certificate, which also counts towards the Internationales Studium certificate.
  • If possible, we try to match buddies and incoming students in such a way that the buddy can get to know students from a university they are interested in visiting during an exchange semester. In this way, then can find out more about their university of choice.


© Aliona Kardash​/​TU Dortmund

Usually, we can inform you about six to eight weeks before the start of lectures whether we have found a suitable student for you. In addition, a kick-off event will take place, during which you will be informed in detail about what being a buddy involves.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Departmental Erasmus Coordinator, Dr. Debra Hanning.


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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:

OpenStreetMap Routing Machine

The document and the graphic represent the motorways and federal highways around the TU Dortmund University in a very simplified way:

Environment map (PDF)

Environment map (graphic)

This interactive map helps you find and navigate between facilities and buildings on campus:

Interactive campus map

This document contains a simple campus map in German and English:

Campus map (PDF)