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Welcome to the Division of Foreign Languages

Dear TU Dortmund University students and doctoral candidates,

foreign language proficiency has become indispensable in the increasingly globalized professional world. Command of at least one, or even better, two foreign languages is a part of your academic profile that improves your career success. As multilingualism constitutes a core value of culturally diverse Europe, learning foreign languages enables you to benefit from Europe's cultural diversity and gain new intercultural experiences. Learning foreign languages also helps you train your memory and develop your social skills. In short, language learning can become a life-enriching experience, especially if you continuously engage in it rather than see it as a one-time event.

Our Division of Foreign Languages offers you an opportunity to receive professional foreign language training. Currently, we offer training in 14 modern foreign languages. In addition, international students and doctoral candidates can participate in a wide range of German language courses. Latin, German sign language, as well as autonomous learning courses are part of our training portfolio.

Our Writing Lab w.space, which is another significant section within the Division of Foreign Languages, offers help with your writing and presentation projects. The w.space instruction and counseling services include writing workshops, writing language courses, individual writing counseling, counseling for writing groups, and a training program for writing consultants. We offer these services for L1 German, L2 German, and English.

We wish you success in mastering foreign languages and becoming better writers.

Meni Syrou

Head of the Department of Foreign Languages

Quality Assurance

In order to maintain the quality of our courses, we orient ourselves around the following principles

  • we evaluate our courses regularly through student course evaluations;
  • we restrict the number of participants in our courses to a maximum of 25 students;
  • we improve our own teaching skills through continual training in methodological and didactic areas of language teaching;
  • we support and promote a motivated and independent attitude toward language learning inside and outside the language classroom.

Memberships

Our Division of Foreign Languages is a member of AKS (Arbeitskreis der Sprachenzentren, Sprachlehrinstitute und Fremdspracheninstitute) and a member of FadaF (Fachverband Deutsch als Fremd­sprache).

With regard to writing didactics, the Division of Foreign Languages follows the standards of Gesellschaft für Schreibdidaktik und Schreibforschung e. V. (Society for Writing Didactics and Writing Research).

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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.

The "Dortmund Universität" S-Bahn station is located directly on Campus Nord. From there, the S-Bahn line S1 runs every 20 or 30 minutes to Dortmund main station and in the opposite direction to Düsseldorf main station via Bochum, Essen and Duisburg. The university can also be reached by bus lines 445, 447 and 462. Timetable information can be found on the homepage of the Rhine-Ruhr Transport Association, and DSW21 also offer an interactive route network map.

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 Airport Express 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.

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The facilities 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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