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International Students

Admission and Enrollment for the Bachelor’s/Master’s degree 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 degree program in chemistry or 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 degree 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.

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


Language requirements

In order to study the Bachelor’s degree programs chemistry or chemical biology as well as the teacher education 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 that can be found here.

The Master’s degree programs Chemistry and Chemical Biology are mainly in English. Therefore, language skills in Englisch according to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages are required. A proof of language proficiency in German is not necessary. However, basic language skills in German are helpful.

Proof of English language proficiency is possible through:

  • a certificate of university entrance qualification from Germany
  • an internationally recognized language certificate (for example TOEFL; IELTS) or a comparable certificate
  • attending an English-speaking school for at least one year
  • the native language of the applicant being English
  • a degree (in accordance with section 4, subsection 1 of the examination regulations) in an English-language degree program .


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.