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Start to the Semester – All You Need to Know at a Glance

Lecture period starts on October 11. TU Dortmund University plans to offer as many face-to-face courses as possible. Should teaching once again have to take place predominantly hybrid or online, possible face-to-face courses will then be provided primarily for first and third semesters.

Is the 7-day incidence of 35 or higher, the "3G" regulation applies to indoor events, i.e. only vaccinated, recovered or tested people may participate. The regulations of the Corona Protection Ordinance apply for the time being until September 17, 2021. Protective measures also continue to apply at TU Dortmund University.

TU Dortmund University is closely monitoring the infection situation and will make adjustments in good time when 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:

  • A medical mask (surgical or FFP2 mask) must be worn in the buildings and rooms.
  • Like in road traffic, the “Keep Right” rule applies in the corridors.
  • A signposting system controls the “traffic”.
  • The usual hygiene rules, such as washing your hands and keeping a safe distance, must be observed.

Instructions for Face-to-Face Classes

Under the current Corona Protection Ordinance, face-to-face events are allowed. The regulations are valid until September 17 for the time being. TU Dortmund University plans to offer as many face-to-face events as possible. In order for these to be held, the following rules must be observed:


  • At the seat there is an obligation to wear a medical mask.
  • Is the 7-day incidence 35 or higher, the "3G"-rule applies. Only immunized or tested individuals may participate in indoor events (Section 4 (2), sentence 1 no.1). Proof must be checked by the lecturers upon entry; participants must provide the certified proof and an official identification document for this purpose (Section 4 (5)). Proof of a negative Corona test can be provided by a rapid antigen test or a PCR test (both not older than 48 hours).

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 departments should be consulted.
  • The Department of Disability and Studies (DoBuS) is also happy to advise.

Further Information and Services

  • The Central Library and the Emil Figge Library are open and offer limited learning spaces.
  • The Main Cafeteria on the North Campus offers again the option of eating on site in addition to the takeaway meals. The prerequisite is the registration via an online reservation tool which can be accessed on a smartphone via a QR code. The Genusswerkstatt on the North Campus is also open. A medical mask must be worn in the canteen buildings. 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 in the FAQ on the TU’s website. If necessary, a circular is also sent out.

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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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