The Erasmus Course and its individual language learning counselling is geared toward students intending to study or intern abroad in a Romance language country soon or at a later point in time.
The course consists of two principal components: two weekly contact hours as class meetings, and an additional two weekly contact hours of individual language learning counselling. Languages include French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish. The course cannot replace a traditional language course, but it can help increase language skills and cultural awareness in preparation for living abroad. Covered are exchange programs such as Erasmus, DAAD, ISEP, bilateral exchanges, internships etc. The course is offered once a year during the summer semester.
Class meetings take place in the language lab. Using our computers, students can work individually with the websites of their respective host institutions and upload relevant information to the course moodle page. We will also address general administrative issues for study abroad, and discuss relevant cultural and linguistic aspects of various Romance languages, countries, and universities. Topics include stereotypes, intercultural awareness, and how to prevent culture shock, as well as important administrative issues such as insurance, health and safety, and finding accommodation. Students can suggest additional topics for work in class or in moodle.
It is an important goal of the course to foster independent learning. We will thus encourage and support students to continuously and independently reflect on, improve and evaluate their own language learning using a learning portfolio. The portfolio will provide a rough framework, such as exercises for articulating learning goals, intended as starting points for reflection.
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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.
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".Zum Lageplan