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Changing the Degree Program

Dealing with your doubts about your studies could result in the desire to change your degree program, to replace one subject with another, or even to begin a course of study at another university. A change of direction of this kind should not only be well thought out, but also carefully organized. You can find important tips here:

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Deciding on a new degree program that is a (really good) fit for you takes time. Take your time to find out the reasons for your dissatisfaction with the old degree program. This will allow you to identify those criteria that are important for you in your studies and thus guide your second decision. In this way, you will develop a solid starting point for a well-founded second study decision.

After an analysis of your situation, a well-founded second study decision is also supported by informing yourself about the new study program or subject. You know from your experiences with the old degree program what to look out for in a new course of study! Comprehensive information can be found in the study program offered by TU Dortmund University. The portraits of the individual study programs will also take you to the sources of information that are important to you, the study plans and module manuals. You are welcome to clarify further questions with the Departmental Advisory Services.

You can also find information about the admission restriction as well as special enrollment requirements of study programs and subjects in the study program of TU Dortmund University. Based on this information, you can plan the procedure for your change of study program or subject. You can use the following questions as a guide:

  1. Is an application required?
  2. Do special enrollment requirements have to be met for this degree program/subject?
  3. What are the next steps to be considered?

In the case of some changes of the degree program, whenever the two programs have the same contents, it is possible that academic qualifications from the old study program can get recognition in the new study program. For this purpose, an application for recognition of academic qualifications must be submitted to the responsible examination board of the respective department. The departmental advisors can provide content-related support in this process. Please allow sufficient time for the process of recognition, as the respective examination board usually only meets on certain dates.

Changing a degree program or a subject at TU Dortmund University can be described as a very individual process. In order to plan your personal procedure, you can receive support from various actors: The advisors of the General Student Advisory Service will be happy to talk to you about your reasons, all content-related considerations as well as the formal procedure. If you are interested, simply come to one of our open office hours without registration.

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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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