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Health Insurance & Pension

Health Insurance Issues

In order to enroll for ­studies at TU Dortmund University, ­the status of the health insurance must be ­available for ­all ­students. No ­enrollment can ­take place at TU Dortmund University without proof of insurance cover.

Exception: Exempt from the statutory health insurance are doctoral students enrolled exclusively for their doctoral studies, students who have reached the age of 30, and participants in German courses preparing for university studies (German language course students).

According to Section 199a SGB V, there is a mutual reporting obligation ­between the statutory health insurances and ­universities. TU Dortmund University will use the ­electronic student notification procedure (Elektronisches Studenten-Meldeverfahren, SMV) from 1 January 2022. As of that date, ­notifications from the health insurance providers will no longer be accepted in paper form.

The sender number of TU Dortmund University for the SMV is: H0003158

We require ­electronic notification of your insurance status from your health insurance provider no later than the time of enrollment.

If you have statutory health insurance cover, please contact ­your health insurance provider at an early stage ­and ­inform them about your planned ­application­ to ­TU Dortmund University. The health insurance provider will then send the required notification to our ­university.

If you are privately insured and ­would also like to remain it ­during your ­studies­, please contact a statutory health insurance of ­your choice and ­inform yourself there about the legal consequences of an exemption from the statutory health insurance obligation. Even in the case of an exemption, the statutory health insurance must ­report this to us electronically.

Please note: If you have previously been insured by a statutory health insurance provider, please contact only this health insurance company for the notification of exemption to our ­university.

Please also note: If you are already ­enrolled at TU Dortmund University­, ­you do not have to arrange anything. If you ­change ­your health insurance, ­please arrange for the new health insurance provider to notify us.

Insurance status

­Students ­enrolled ­at ­state-approved ­institutions of higher education ­are subject to compulsory insurance until they reach the ­age of 30. The compulsory insurance begins with the first semester of the enrollment.

­The compulsory insurance ends with the ­semester in which the thirtieth ­birthday ­is reached. Persons who are ­covered by priority insurance (e.g. family insurance, pensioners, employees) are ­also not subject to compulsory insurance.

­Students ­can­ apply for ­exemption from compulsory insurance ­within three months of starting their ­studies ­without ­any further ­requirements. ­This is ­possible­ with every statutory health insurance provider.­ An exemption from the compulsory insurance is irrevocable, so this decision should be well considered.

Civil servants, judges, soldiers and ­persons similar to civil servants are exempt from insurance. In ­addition, ­students who are covered by the ­EU social security agreement are exempt from insurance. (If you have any questions regarding the social security agreement, please ­contact­ the health insurance provider)

International Students

You can find more information about health insurance on the website of the International Office:

Group photo of six international students standing next to a sculpture of five colourful rings on Campus North © Felix Schmale​/​TU Dortmund

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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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