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Graduates Transition into Workforce

Graduates from certain EU member states and several other nationalities have the opportunity to receive an 18-month visa extension directly after degree completion. In this time period, you can apply for jobs within the range of your degree of study. Please note, that in order to receive this visa extension you will need to prove that you have been applying for positions and that you are financially secure. During this 18-month period you are also allowed to have side jobs.

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Further in­for­mation

We recommend to inform yourself about the Blue Card and the application process and working in Germany online or at events like the “Thementag Berufseinstieg”:

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Looking for a Job

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We recommend that you begin with your job search as early as possible. We suggest that you start at least 6 months before you complete your German degree. (Please note, when applicable, your 18-month visa extension begins the day your last test results are posted). Career fairs and professional events are typically held only once a year. So make sure to gather in­for­mation about relevant events as early as possible.

TU Dort­mund University also offers several events that can help with your transition from uni­ver­si­ty to professional life. For example, the career fairs, which are open to the public, offer the opportunity to get to know different companies, ask about internship opportunities and maybe even personally hand in your application. We suggest that you prepare in advance by researching the participating companies, their job openings and hiring requirements to create a lasting impression. And do not forget your current CV and maybe even a brief cover letter that you could leave there.

Further in­for­mation

The online portal “Stellenwerk” lists job offers for student. On a yearly basis, TU Dort­mund University hosts an International Career Fair, the “Internationale Karrieremesse”. This event is arranged specifically for in­ter­na­tio­nal students (link to German webpage)! The REALITY is a job fair for those in the Information Technology sector (link to German webpage). The Konaktiva is a student run job fair held at TU Dort­mund University (link to German webpage). The AAR (Autonomes AusländerInnenReferat) also offers several different Career Seminars in English.


Applications and Job Interviews

To increase your chances of success throughout your application process we suggest that you be aware of the “do’s” and “don’ts” in Germany. We recommend that you read up-to-date literature about the German application process and take advantage of advising sessions. Additionally, you should be fully versed in the history, facts and figures about the company to which you are applying. It is important that your application does not appear to be a “standard application”. Instead, applications should be adapted and personalized for each job opening/company. Lastly, please be sure to double-check which documents are required for your application as the requirements often vary.

German language skills are often the key to a successful application and are often required of job applicants. Use the time during your studies not only to improve your academic and scientific skills, but also to continually improve your language skills, e.g. through language courses, or by joining a club on campus or even have a side job (if your visa allows it).

If you are interested in being an entrepreneur and starting your own company there are several different outlets of support resources available.

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Further in­for­mation

The Federal Employment Agency’s Hochschulteam offers counseling for all students. The website Europass has tips on how to best structure your résumé/CV. TU Dort­mund University offers an internship support for German and English internship applications. Through the Alumniportal Deutsch­land, you can stay informed about job openings specifically for in­ter­na­tio­nal students. This website is also linked to the DAAD,  which has additional tips and links. To gather more in­for­mation about the offered language courses, we encourage you to visit the language de­part­ment’s website directly: Zentrum für HochschulBildung (ZHB) – Bereich Fremdsprachen.  The program EXIST supported by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) is available for those seeking advice for start-ups in the sectors technology and intellectual property rights. The Center for Entre­preneur­ship & Transfer (CET) is an or­ga­nized group that helps support students, graduates, researchers, faculty and staff at TU Dort­mund University with their business endeavors.


German business culture

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It is important that you are well-informed about German business culture, especially as it could be much different than the one in your home country. Research the expectations and responsibilities that are commonly required in your career field. These differences should be clear to you before you begin your job search, as otherwise misunderstandings may arise.

We suggest that you look for answers to the following questions:

  • How does the organization structure its employees?
  • What type of hierarchy do they use?
  • How is internal com­mu­ni­cation structured?
  • Which perspectives and values does the company consider significant?

German companies place a high value on job-applicable knowledge and experience. Like in many other countries, grades and job experience are always positive for your application. However, job experience is not limited to "standard jobs", as internships, research projects, work-study jobs and a Bachelor's/Master's thesis can also be considered specialized experience.

Staying in Touch

Even after you have graduated from TU Dort­mund University the uni­ver­si­ty still has endless resources to offer to you. We encourage you to visit our International Alumni Website and become part of in­ter­na­tio­nal network. This network is open to students who have completed a degree, studied abroad or been part of a research team at TU Dort­mund University.

The Association of Friends of TU Dort­mund University (Gesell­schaft der Freunde der TU Dort­mund e.V. in German) also provides an extensive network of contacts that bridge the uni­ver­si­ty and business field.

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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 Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). 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 Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vo­gel­pothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord 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 20 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 Campus Nord. 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 Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd 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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