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International Students

Admission and Enrollment for the Bachelor’s/Master’s program

Students who have acquired their high school education in countries outside of Germany must apply for admission. You can find more information on the webpages of the International Office at the TU Dortmund University.

If, at the time of application, no proof of equivalent study is available, application to the Bachelor’s program of chemistry/chemical biology is only possible for the winter semester. If proof of equivalent study in a foreign country can be provided, and enrollment in a higher semester or in a Master’s program is desired, the application for the summer semester is also possible. More Information about the application process and the deadlines can be found here.


Language requirements

In order to study the Bachelor’s programs chemistry or chemical biology at the TU Dortmund university, it is necessary to possess a solid command over the German language, proof of which must be provided through submission of results of the DSH2 exam, or an equivalent qualification. More information about this can be found here.

Please note, that a Bachelor’s degree in biology does not qualify for admission to the Master’s program of chemical biology, due to the fact that a sufficient knowledge of chemistry from the Bachelor’s degree is requiered.

For the study of the master’s programs chemistry and chemical biology language skills according to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages are required.


Information for new comers and current students

If you are already a student at the TU Dortmund university, you will find an overview of multiple topics on the website of the International Office, which could be relevant for you during the course of your program. For instance, the answers to frequently asked questions such as: where can I find guidance concerning my problem? How do I find a (new) apartment? How can I improve my language skills? Where can I interact with other students? More information about this can be found here


Pursuing a PhD at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology

If you would like to pursue a doctoral degree at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, you will find an overview of the fields of research being conducted by our professors under “Professorships”. In the case that the field of research fits your interests and previous experience, you can contact the professor directly and ask her or him about the possibility of working on a doctoral thesis in his or her group. Before starting the re­search for the dissertation an application for admission is required, which has to be adressed to the doctoral commission. All the information about the structured PhD program can be found here.



Lectures, seminars and laboratory courses of the Bachelor’s program at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology are conducted primarily in German. Fluency in the language is therefore of paramount importance.

Almost all courses of the Master’s programs in Chemistry und Chemical Biology, can be conducted in English. A basic grasp of German, however, is highly recommended.

If you would like to apply for an Erasmus program at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, please contact the Erasmus coordinator at your institute first to ensure that a cooperation with the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at the TU Dortmund is valid, and whether an exchange at the desired period is possible. Your coordinator will also be able to inform you on other matters, such as the relevant deadlines at your institution, contact persons, etc.

If general information about the application process, deadlines, apartment hunt, etc. at the TU Dortmund is required, please refer to the International Office.

For further field related questions, please refer to the departmental advisors page.

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.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station ("Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop "Dort­mund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dort­mund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S".

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 AirportExpress 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".

Site Map of TU Dortmund University (Second Page in English).