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No Normal Start to the Se­mes­ter – All You Need to Know at a Glance

The lecture period is scheduled to start on 2 November in hybrid mode: A mix of large online and small face-to-face classes. What does this mean? Which hygiene rules have to be observed on campus and in face-to-face classes? TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity has adopted a wide range of infection control measures. It is monitoring the rate of infection closely and will make adjustments in good time where necessary. Please find below an overview of the most im­por­tant things you need to know at the start of the semester and the rules according to the current situation.

General Rules of Conduct

To protect yourself and others, the following infection control measures apply at TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity:

  • Wearing a nose-and-mouth cover is compulsory in all buildings and rooms.
  • Like in road traffic, the “Keep Right” rule applies in the corridors.
  • A signposting system controls the “traffic”.
  • Large groups of people are to be avoided. Only groups comprising a maximum of five persons may meet outside in the uni­ver­si­ty’s grounds.
  • The usual hygiene rules, such as washing your hands and keeping a safe distance, must be observed.

A video on the hygiene concept for students avaible in the Serviceportal.

Instructions for Face-to-Face Classes

Online teaching will play an im­por­tant role this semester too, especially for large classes. At the same time, as much face-to-face teaching as possible should take place – above all for first-semester students. So that face-to-face classes can be held, the following rules must be observed:

  • Wearing a nose-and-mouth cover is compulsory when seated too. An exception applies solely for the lecturer, provided that the minimum distance of 1.5 m is complied with.
  • Eating and drinking during classes are not permitted. If you want to drink something, you must briefly leave the room.
  • Classes are limited to a maximum of 50 persons. At most every second seat should be occupied. Seats are marked accordingly.
  • To guarantee contact tracing, everyone must check in and out via a QR code. Further in­for­mation can be found under:
  • In the breaks between classes, all contact surfaces of the seats and tables used are disinfected either by an external cleaning company or by the user.
  • Windows must be opened and the room cross-ventilated for 3-5 minutes every 20 minutes. In the case of rooms with automatic ventilation, all the air is exchanged about every 30 minutes, whereby only uncontaminated outside air is introduced.

Instructions for Students Who Belong to a Risk Group

Stu­dents belonging to a risk group must be especially protected and should not be obliged to attend face-to-face classes. The following therefore applies:

  • As a general rule, lecturers should offer classes with compulsory attendance in a form that enables all students to participate.
  • In the case of electives, where possible and necessary, both face-to-face classes and online courses within the modules should be offered.
  • In individual cases, the academic advisors in the respective fa­cul­ties should be consulted.
  • The Department of Disability and Studies (DoBuS) is also happy to advise.

Further Information and Services

  • The Central Library is open for loans and returns. You can also book workspaces there as well as in Emil Figge Library and the Seminar Building. Further in­for­mation on booking workspaces can be found on the library’s blog (German only).
  • Additional workspaces and common rooms are available in five heated tents on the campus. Here too, all users must check themselves in and out via a QR code.
  • Most cafeterias are opening again at the start of the semester. From now on, only cashless payments are possible. Further in­for­mation can be found on the website of Dort­mund Student Services (German only).
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  • First-semester students can find lots of useful in­for­mation to do with the start of their studies on the web pages for first-semester students.
  • Via a virtual tour of the campus, first-semester students can additionally experience and get to know the campus of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity from home: All you need to know about exploring the campus 2.0 (German only).
  • All im­por­tant in­for­mation concerning the uni­ver­si­ty’s co­ro­na­virus measures is updated daily in the FAQ on the TU’s website. If necessary, a circular is also sent out.

Cafeteria menus

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”.

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