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Inclusivity at TU Dortmund University

For TU Dortmund University, improving accessibility means not only structural accessibility – for example ramps or guidance systems for people with visual impairments – but also accessibility for students with disabilities or chronic illnesses in the organization of their studies, in university teaching, in digitization and in administrative processes.

Supporting (prospective) students with disabilities or chronic illnesses has a long tradition at TU Dortmund University: An advisory service for students with disabilities was already set up at the end of the 1970s. Today, this is part of the Division of Disability and Studies (DoBuS) at the Center for Higher Education of TU Dortmund University.

A blind person follows the guidance system for blind people on campus with the help of a blindman's stick. © Felix Schmale​/​TU Dortmund
Guidance systems help people with visual impairments to find their way around campus.

The Division of Disability and Studies offers advice and services specifically for students and teaching staff with the aim of creating non-discriminatory study conditions for students with disabilities or chronic illnesses. In the framework of projects, conceptual building blocks for a “University For All” are developed and evaluated on a continuous basis.

Conversion services in the division and at the University Library convert learning materials, exams and textbooks into media formats accessible for visually impaired students; teaching videos can be subtitled for students with hearing difficulties. Specially equipped workrooms in the division, the Central Library and the EF50 Video Library provide several computer workstations and assistive technology for students with disabilities.

At TU Dortmund University, creating inclusive structures is understood as a cross-cutting task: The Division of Disability and Studies (DoBuS), the Staff Unit Equal Opportunities, Family and Diversity, and the Office of the Vice President Diversity Management work together to improve accessibility and enable non-discriminatory conditions.

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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 South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). 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 North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus 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 15 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 North Campus. 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 South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus 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”.

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