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German as a Foreign Language

Sound knowledge of German is essential for successful studies in Germany. This also plays a major role with regard to career and profession.

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Dear international students at TU Dortmund University, dear international student applicants,

We are very happy that you have decided to study at TU Dortmund University. Welcome!

On these pages, we would like to inform you about important topics concerning our German language courses and about the Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH).

Please also refer to the links further below for information about current course offers, placement tests, and our course platform. First, decide which target group you belong to, and follow the respective link for more information.


Information for specific target groups

You are not yet enrolled as a regular student and are looking for information about DSH (Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang) and pre-university German language courses.

Information for student applicants: DSH and pre-university German language courses

You have already successfully passed DSH, TestDaF, Telc-Hochschule or comparable exams and are enrolled in a Bachelor’s or Master’s program taught in German at TU Dortmund University.  Your German proficiency is at the B2/C1 level, and you would like to improve your language skills.

Information for international students enrolled in Bachelor 's or Master's programs taught in German

(Automation & Robotics / PSE / Data Science / MMT)

You are enrolled in a Master’s program taught in English at TU Dortmund University and you would like to improve your German language skills.

Information for international students enrolled in Master's programs taught in English

(Erasmus, USA, ISEP etc.)

You are a student participant in an exchange or Erasmus program and you would like to improve your German language skills.

Information for international exchange students

You are a doctoral candidate or postdoc at TU Dortmund University and you would like to improve your German language skills.

Information for international doctoral candidates and postdocs

Course Platform and Course Registration

Students enroll for language courses through our course platform. You need TU login credentials to set up a regular user account. You can set up a temporary guest account if your TU login credentials are not yet activated. At the end of the semester, you can download your graded course certificate. Registration for German courses for the winter semester 2022/23 will start on 30 September 2022 (at 10.00 a.m.) via the course platform.

We offer languages other than German as well, including English, French, Spanish, Japanese, and Chinese, to name just a few. Our department also hosts a writing lab. Please refer to the respective parts of our website for more information or contact us.

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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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