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Information for foreign students

This article does unfortunately not contain all the information provided in the original german article. Therefore we are thankfull for every student that is willing to help us translate articles in order to supply them for englisch speaking students and to those who are interested in studying in Dortmund.

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Dortmund: The City

Did you know that Dortmund is already 1100 years old? Today, Dortmund has almost 600,000 inhabitants. It is located at the east side of the “Ruhrgebiet”, a metropolitan area with about 18 million inhabitants. In the past, Dortmund’s economy lived on coal, beer and steel industries. Apart from this industrial key sector, Dortmund is a center for technology and service industries today. If you want to know more about Dortmund - you can find lots of information here:

official website of the city of Dortmund

Dortmund is a very interesting city filled with a rich history and unique culture all of its own. The tourist information center across the street from the main entrance of the main train station (Hauptbahnhof) offers useful information about Dortmund and the area. You can also pick up a free map of Dortmund. More information is available online at:

official website of the city of Dortmund

Application for Admission

To start a degree program at TU Dortmund University prospective international students first have to apply for admission. Application desdlines are: Juli 15th for the following winter semester January 15th for the following summer semester

By these dates, the application form and all necessary documents have to be on hand the the Akademisches Auslandsamt ( Office of International Relations) of TU Dortmund Univesity. Applications with a universitry receipt stamp past those dates cannot be considered. Up-to-date information and the application form is available at:

German language Proficiency

Prior to admission into a degree program, you have to take the Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang DSH (German language examination for university admission). To get enrolled you will have to achieve DSH 2.

Information on the DSH examination, application forms, examination dates, and sample tests are available at the Sprachenzentrum (language center) at the TU Dortmund University:

Website Website of the language center
Adress Emil-Figge-Str. 61
44227 Dortmund
contact no +49 (0)231 755-5886

DSH equivalents include:

  • Zentrale Oberstufenprüfung, ZOP (Goethe Institute)
  • Sprachdiplom der Stufe 2 (German embassy)
  • Kleines deutsches Sprachdiplom
  • Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache (TestDaF): at least level 4 in all test sections
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