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Proof of language proficiency


To register for our language courses, proof of prior knowledge is required for certain languages. This proof can be provided in different ways.

Registration Requirements

When registering for the language courses in German, English, French, Italian and Spanish, it is a general rule that the students provide proof of previous language proficiency. However, there are exceptions, namely for introduction courses, A1 and A1.1, as well as certain discipline-specific courses. Further details can be found in the course descriptions on the course platform.

Providing proof of previous language proficiency is also necessary when registering for the courses in other modern foreign languages. The placement will be carried out by individual instructors of the respective courses. If you are uncertain about which level courses you should take part in, please send us an e-mail or contact the corresponding instructor directly.

In order for students to register for the courses in the ancient languages, an evidence of language knowledge is partially required. For more information, please refer to the course descriptions on our course platform.

Options of providing evidence of your prior knowledge

  • Certificates cannot be older than two semesters. Example: You can enroll with certificates from the summer semester 2022 and from the winter semester 2022/23 for the courses of the summer semester 2023.
  • During the enrollment procedure, certificates are usually verified automatically by the system. If you cannot register for a course (red coloring instead of green coloring in the column "Zugelassen"), then you are not qualified for this course. Please check if you have completed the preceding course (it should then be listed in your student account) and contact the secretary's office if necessary.
  • Certificates cannot be older than a year; effective date is the first day of a semester (1 April / 1 October). Example: You can enroll for courses in the SoSe 2023 with a certificate from 4 April 2022, but not with a certificate from 18 March 2022.
  • Certificates must be presented to our office before course enrollment starts. Otherwise, enrollment is not possible.
  • We will accept your current certificate of study including the information that English is one of your fields of study.
  • Certificates of study must be presented to our office before course enrollment starts. Otherwise enrollment is not possible.
  • Only results from the current and the preceding placement tests are valid. Example: For courses in the SoSe 2023, you can enroll with sufficient results of the placement tests from the current course enrollment phase (March 2023) and from the previous course enrollment phase WiSe 2022/23 (September 2022).
  • Placement tests must be finished before course enrollment. Please refer to the information on our placement tests.

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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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