More than 3,600 international students from some 120 countries have come to TU Dortmund University to study; they account for approximately 11 percent of the entire student body of 34,200. Increasing numbers of Dortmund students are also doing part of their studies or internships abroad. The International Office at TU Dortmund University is responsible for international relations. It supports mobility, both incoming and outgoing, for students, university teachers and other staff by providing mentoring and counseling, events and information.
The annual reception in the International Meeting Center IBZ is a regular feature of Dortmund's welcome culture. The Center was built as the central forum for international dialog on campus. It facilitates encounters between students from all over the world as well as contacts to companies that are active worldwide. Events with a global perspective, such as the International Career Fair, the International Summer Program (ISP) or the Open Courses, to which refugees are warmly invited, illustrate how people from different cultures learn from and with one another.
At university level, TU Dortmund University cooperates with universities around the world in many different ways. Its national focus on the United States, which includes excellent relations to universities there and multiple student exchange opportunities, is unique in North Rhine-Westfalia. Together with its partners in the University Alliance Ruhr, TU Dortmund University maintains liaison offices in New York, Moscow and São Paulo. This is where research contacts are developed and joint study and teaching projects are promoted. TU Dortmund University is, moreover, a member of the University Consortium China-NRW which has a liaison office in Beijing.
Internationality enhances the quality of research and teaching and boosts TU Dortmund University's reputation on both the national and international university and research landscape. This is why the university intends to continue driving its close cooperation with foreign research and educational institutions in the future.