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Placement Tests

German as a Foreign Language

In some cases it is necessary to take a placement test before enrolling in German language courses. Use the guidelines below to find out which situation is applicable to you and take the next steps. 

You want to enroll in German A1.1 or A1.

  • You do not have to take the placement test.
  • You can enroll directly using our course platform starting 28 March 2023 (from 10.00 a.m.).

No placement test

You want to enroll in German A1.2, A2, B1 or B2 and …

… you have already successfully completed the previous course level at the TU Division of Foreign Languages.

  • You do not have to take the placement test.
  • You are already authorized to enroll in the next level course.
  • You can enroll directly using our course platform starting 28 March 2023 (from 10.00 a.m.).

No placement test

You want to enroll in German A1.2, A2, B1 or B2 and …

… you have an A1, A2 or B1 Goethe Institut certificate. The certificate must not be older than 12 months.  You must have passed the German course with a grade of at least “satisfactory / befriedigend” (result over 69%).    

  • You do not have to take the placement test.

No placement test

You want to enroll in German B2 or C1 and …

… you have enrolled at TU Dortmund University using your DSH, TestDaF, or Telc-C1-Hochschule certificate.

  • You do not have to take the placement test.

No placement test

You want to enroll in German B2 or C1 and …

… you already know German at the B2 level or higher (for instance from previous university studies) but you have no proof of an actual course level.  

Individual placement

Please contact Dr. Carsten Martin via e-mail. Send all available documents showing your German language proficiency.

You want to enroll in German A1.2, A2, B1 or B2 and …

… you do not have a Goethe Institut certificate. 
… your Goethe Institut certificate is more than 12 months old.
… you passed the Goethe Institut German course with a grade below “satisfactory / befriedigend” (result below 70%).

  • You do have to take the placement test.

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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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