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International Office Receives Funding to Support Refugees

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The Language Café is another service made possible by the NRWege funding. This is where international students with and without a refugee background can use and improve their German language skills.

The International Office of TU Dortmund University successfully participated in the call for proposals “NRWege Pathways into Studying – Support for Students of Refugee Experience at Universities in North Rhine-Westphalia from 2023” of the NRW Ministry for Culture and Science (MKW NRW). In 2023, the office is set to receive around 411,000 euros for this. The program helps people of refugee experience who are willing and able to study prepare for and successfully complete their studies.

TU Dortmund University applied for all four funding lines of the program and was ultimately awarded the bids. With this funding, language courses or study-related scholarships can now be offered to refugees. A portion of the funding is allocated to the Refugee Counseling and Integration Office, which has been part of the International Office since 2017. The Refugee Counseling and Integration Office offers qualified consulting for the target group on such things as applications and student finance.

New career program in the works

The funding also makes it possible for the International Office to offer a career program called “CareerCompanion” – a digital service for international students and graduates with and without a refugee background, which is intended to accompany them through the final stage of their studies and into the professional world. “CareerCompanion” pools various services, events and consulting opportunities for developing interdisciplinary skills and offers resources such as videos on a wide range of topics related to starting a career.

“We’re delighted to have once again successfully secured funding for various support and integration measures. International students with and without a refugee background will continue to be supported in a variety of ways and accompanied along the way to a degree at TU Dortmund University and into professional life,” says Dr. Barbara Schneider, who manages the International Office.

Already funded by previous programs

The International Office had already received financial support from the previous NRWege programs. A significant part of this was used to fund the Refugee Counseling and Integration Office and its services, while the “NRWege Lighthouses” program made it possible to launch programs such as “Tandem2Job”, where experienced mentors help international students enter the job market. From the new funding provided by NRWege over several years, around 411,000 euros has been earmarked for 2023. MKW NRW has already committed to further funding for the following years.

In addition to the NRWege program, the International Office offers international TU students a wide range of support with regard to academics and careers. One example is the International Careers Fair, where employers from Dortmund and the surrounding region have been showcasing their businesses for eleven years.


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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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