The Bachelor's degree program in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology deals with questions from a wide range of technical areas. These extend from energy conversion and transmission to automotive electronics, and from the development and processing of microchips to data communications.
Beginning with the mathematical and physical foundations, students get many insights into the functioning of electronic technical systems during the course of their studies. From the fourth semester onward, they can choose one of three specializations: Electrical Energy Technology; Microsystems Technology and Microelectronics; and Information and Communications Technology. The program also includes a 12-week-long industrial internship, which is recommended for the sixth semester. Here the students should apply independently to a company where they can then, during the internship, put the knowledge they have gained through study to the test. The course of study concludes with writing the Bachelor's thesis.
Good to very good knowledge of physics and mathematics is just as important for the everyday work of engineering as logical thinking and the willingness to take on complex tasks. A good understanding of computer science can also be important. It is therefore recommended that students register for the preparatory course in mathematics and also, if they lack experience in computer science, for the preparatory course in this field as well.
There are no special admission requirements. New students should, however, come with an interest in technical challenges. That is because, perhaps unlike their previous schooling, engineering studies demand independent learning and tinkering. In particular, this includes, besides technical understanding, the ability to acquire new knowledge independently. If you approach your studies with a readiness to learn new things and can motivate yourself to tackle difficult challenges, the Bachelor's program in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology is definitely a good choice.
The application areas open to electrical engineers are diverse and depend in part on the focus chosen during the course of studies. Yet all of the specialist areas have one thing in common: The demand for engineers in electrical, electronics, and information technologies is greater today than ever before. In addition to research, development, and production, tasks carried out by electrical engineers can for example include providing technical support or business advice. Companies in the energy services sector need electrical engineers for the provision, transmission, and distribution of electrical energy. Demand for electrical engineers is also high in the automobile industry, since electronic systems have come to steer every vehicle. Graduates are also very much in demand in automation technology, robotics, and telecommunications. In the areas of small-scale and entertainment electronics, for example, they work on the development of microchips, sensors, smartphones, and more. Thus, the growing importance of electronic systems in everyday life offers excellent career opportunities.
For graduates of the Bachelor's program in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, TU Dortmund University offers a Master's program under the same name. This deepens the basic knowledge acquired during the Bachelor's studies in the four available focus areas.
Alternatively, students with the Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology can enroll directly in the English-language Master's program in Automation and Robotics.
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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”.