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Portrait of Ceren Ateş outdoor. © Felix Schmale​/​TU Dort­mund
Ceren Ateş has been in Germany since the beginning of March to study for a semester at the Department of Sta­tis­tics.

Ceren Ateş is a bachelor student who is studying statistics in Ankara and has completed her Erasmus exchange semester in Dort­mund despite the co­ro­na­virus pandemic.

Ms. Ateş, many students were faced with the question during the pandemic of whether or not to start their exchange semester abroad. You came to Germany from Turkey at the beginning of March to study for a semester at the Department of Sta­tis­tics of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity. What was it like to complete an Erasmus semester during the lockdown?

I had already applied for an Erasmus semester for the 2020/21 winter semester, but I was obliged to postpone it because of the co­ro­na­virus pandemic. But then in the summer semester I wanted to take the opportunity. After all, the pandemic is affecting not only me but the whole world, and I knew that people everywhere have to adapt to this situation. I hoped that I’d be able to travel around a bit and visit different places, despite the restrictions. If not, then that would have been okay too – I just wanted to take the plunge and see what was possible. I arrived in Dort­mund at the beginning of March. At the start of the summer semester, the restrictions were still very strict, so I primarily got to know Dort­mund and the surrounding area and went for long walks. But then the restrictions were gradually lifted, and I was also able to visit museums, for example. At the moment, life feels far more normal again, but you still have to show consideration and be careful.

How was teaching during your Erasmus semester?

I attended four courses. Above all the “Sports Data Visualization” course was highly re­le­vant and very interesting for me. I also completed three German lan­guage courses during the semester. Although all these courses, in­clu­ding the languages ones, took place on­line, I was able to make friends with my fellow students nevertheless, for example through group work. I also met new people via my roommate in the residence hall.

What do you recommend to students currently thinking about undertaking an Erasmus semester?

Take the opportunity for an exchange semester! Despite the restrictions in connection with the co­ro­na­virus, I was able to get to know the region and its culture and make a lot of friends. Studying abroad allows a change of perspective and was a great experience. The International Office at TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity provided lots of excellent support and helped me with all my questions. I’m going back to Turkey in Sep­tem­ber – I wish I could stay in Dort­mund even longer.

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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 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 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 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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