Receiving a scholarship with a grade point average of 2.5? That is certainly possible. Because many scholarship programs also take into account the commitment and living conditions of (prospective) students. Some foundations also look at different groups of students, such as student teachers or students from non-academic families, and provide support for stays abroad or for bridging gaps in funding. An overview of scholarships aimed at admitted and enrolled international students and international doctoral candidates at TU Dortmund University can be found on the International Office’s homepage. If students have accurately clarified whether they are eligible, it is worthwhile for them to apply for a scholarship. TU Dortmund University supports its current and prospective students in a variety of ways.
Scholarships provide financial and non-material support. The funding enables students to concentrate on their studies, and their commitments inside or outside of university. It can range from 100 euros per month to a grant similar to the BAföG rate plus 300 euros per month for study costs. Unlike BAföG, scholarships do not have to be repaid, and scholarships of up to 300 euros per month are not counted towards BAföG.
The non-material support can include various opportunities for technical and interdisciplinary development and reinforcement:
- an expansion of individual horizons through seminars, coaching, educational trips, etc., as well as intensive contact with committed students from various fields
- support in implementing individual project ideas
- networking with other motivated students at the university location and nationwide
- personal contacts at the foundation or the university who can advise students on the course of their studies
- contact with mentors who have already established themselves in the scholarship holders’ intended professional field
- an advantage in applications for jobs or additional funding
Größere Stiftungen verbinden finanzielle und ideelle Förderung miteinander. Kleinere fördern vor allem finanziell, einige aber auch ausschließlich ideell. Die finanzielle Unterstützung stellt eine große Entlastung bei der Studienplanung dar, die ideelle Förderung zahlt sich langfristig in vielen Fällen aber noch in stärkerem Maße aus.
Larger foundations combine financial and non-material support. Smaller ones mainly provide financial support, with some also offering non-material support only. The funding is a great relief to students when planning their studies, while the non-material support pays off even more in the long term in many cases.
Anyone interested in applying can find other advantages of scholarships on the “Stipendienkultur Ruhr” website.
Scholarships are awarded by foundations, universities, private companies and organizations promoting young talent as part of a government program. Many of these scholarship providers often have very general requirements for future scholarship holders, calling for high-performing, motivated and committed applicants. And with good reason: The foundations are increasingly taking into account the performance and commitment inside, outside and prior to studies in the wider context of the applicants’ lives. In addition, sponsors can set their own priorities when weighting performance and commitment: For instance, it is possible that applicants with a moderate grade point average will be accepted for funding because they are heavily involved in voluntary work or because no other achievements were possible due to their personal circumstances. Prospective scholarship applicants can find out what counts as commitment on the Stipendienkultur Ruhr website (German only).
Sponsors can also focus on certain groups of students, such as aspiring journalists or teachers, students interested in business, students in need, students with disabilities, a vocational or migrant background, or belonging to a religious group, etc.
The application process
Current and prospective students can apply for a variety of scholarship programs themselves. But there are also programs for which they have to be nominated, for example, by the school, a professor, the Examination Office or religious leaders. The more benefits students receive as part of the scholarship, the more complex the application process is.
Most of the scholarship programs of the large academic foundations have two application deadlines per year. Smaller foundations, on the other hand, only award grants at one point in the year or on rolling basis. For the majority of the larger scholarship programs, students can apply before the start of their studies, with some programs being aimed exclusively at master’s students.
Those interested in receiving a scholarship can find more detailed information on the application process on the Stipendienkultur Ruhr website (German only).
- Clarify who is a particularly good fit for the foundation, for example by analyzing the foundation’s website and profiles of scholarship holders or – if possible – getting in touch with the foundation’s ambassadors.
- Also check the application formalities.
- If you are considering several scholarships, do not send a one-size-fits-all application – instead, refer to the relevant scholarship in your application documents.
- Make yourself a schedule, especially if you need to acquire multiple reviews, and start applying early.
- Get feedback on your application documents.
- The selection process itself takes several months, especially for the larger scholarship providers. With smaller foundations, the process is usually much faster, but you should also factor other forms of financing into your planning.
Applying for a scholarship is worthwhile if students have clearly established that they are eligible. The Central Student Advisory Service at TU Dortmund University supports current and prospective students in a variety of ways.
International students can also contact the social counseling team in the International Office if they have any queries about financing their studies.
How do scholarships support students, and who can apply? How does the application process work, and which scholarship suits which person?
During the series of events “Getting started with Scholarships”, students have the opportunity to get to the bottom these and other scholarship-related questions online.
Experts provide advice on all aspects of scholarship search and application. The series of events is aimed at students and prospective students, as well as internal and external interested stakeholders.
More information can be found on the website of the digital event series “Durchstarten mit Stipendien” (in German).
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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”.