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At a Glance

Language Offer

In the Division of Foreign Languages, you can take interdisciplinary and subject-specific courses in the following languages.

Students of TU Dortmund University can take an internal university examination in our Division of Foreign Languages to prove knowledge at the level of the "Kleines Latinum". In preparation, we offer two Latin courses, Latin I and Latin II.
State supplementary examinations for the LATINUM, GRAECUM and HEBRAICUM are administered by the district government in Arnsberg.

Ancient Languages

Our German courses include semester-long courses for students whose native language is not German. We also offer intensive pre-semester courses for students participating in short-term international programs. In addition, there is a range of German courses at various levels tailored specifically to doctoral candidates and postdocs.
We offer the "Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang ausländischer Studienbewerber*innen" (DSH) four times a year.

German as a Foreign Language

We offer a wide range of English courses with a general language focus. These start at the level B1 and extend to C2.  We also offer a number of specialized discipline-specific English courses for students of specific departments.


The Romance languages offered include French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. Levels A1 - B2 are covered. Students who are planning to study abroad in a Romance-language country can participate in our "Erasmus course" where they can learn more about the language and culture of their study abroad destination. 

Romance Languages

In addition to the languages listed above, we offer 9 other modern foreign languages: Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Kurdish, Dutch, Polish, Russian, Swedish, and Turkish. Our courses usually cover the levels A1 and A2, and for some languages up to the level B1.

Other Modern Languages

Students of TU Dortmund University can take courses in German Sign Language at our department. We offer DGS I and DGS II as multi-day intensive courses in March and September, respectively. DGS I is also available as a semester-long course.

German Sign Language

In order to support students in their self-learning, we offer a tandem program including tandem learning counseling in addition to individual learning counseling. Also, students can work autonomously on their language acquisition with computer support in our language lab.


The levels of the language courses are based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Information about the CEFR


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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.

Interactive map

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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