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Se­mes­ter Kick-off in the Stadium

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Freshman students sitting in bleachers at a soccer stadium with mouth-to-nose coverings raise both their arms and make a la-ola wave. © Oliver Schaper​/​TU Dort­mund
First-year students started the lecture period in the “world’s largest lecture hall”.

On the morning of Monday, 11 October, TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity officially welcomed its new students at the semester kick-off event in the Signal Iduna Park stadium. After three predominately di­gi­tal semesters, both TU President Prof. Manfred Bayer and the majority of the more than 4,600 new students were happy to kick off the 2021/2022 winter semester, which is set to take place mainly on campus and in compliance with the federal 3G rule (vaccinated, tested, recovered).

“I am delighted that you have decided to study at our uni­ver­si­ty and that I am able to welcome you here today – in the Borussia Dort­mund home stadium, probably the largest and most beautiful lecture hall in the world – instead of just at home in front of the screen,” said Prof. Manfred Bayer. The TU President wished the freshmen a successful and enjoyable start to their studies, full of exciting insights, vital stamina and many new friendships. “After three mainly di­gi­tal semesters, the uni­ver­si­ty is finally returning to predominately face-to-face teaching. That said, we still have to be considerate of one another,” said Bayer. At the freshmen welcome event, all attendees had to show their “3G documents” – proof of compliance with Germany’s federal rule for tackling Covid-19: vaccinated, tested, recovered – and wear a medical mask unless they were seated.

A varied event with exciting prizes

The freshmen enjoyed the variety of the event and spending time together. Of the more than 4,600 newly enrolled students, the majority were in attendance at the stadium. The total number of students at TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity was around 31,700 on Monday morning, but the final number will not be known until December, as registrations from abroad and for master’s degree programs are still possible for the time being. Christoph Edeler, Head of Uni­ver­sity Sports at TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity, moderated the event. Dort­mund’s Mayor Thomas Westphal welcomed the students to the city with a video message. Till Zaschel from the General Student Committee, Thomas Treß from the Borussia Dort­mund sports club, Heribert Germeshausen from the Dort­mund Opera, Julia Wissert from Theater Dort­mund, Britta Lefarth from the Dort­mund Concert Hall, and Thomas Schlootz from the Studierendenwerk Dort­mund all gave the freshmen a warm welcome. The new students were met with musical performances by the opera, the philharmonic orchestra and the artist houaïda as well as prizes: Vouchers for the Studierendenwerk cafeteria were raffled off. Not only that, but Prof. Manfred Bayer shot a soccer ball signed by Borussia Dort­mund stars into the crowd.

Winter semester with Covid safety measures on campus

To ensure people can return to the campus this winter semester, there will be ex­ten­sive Covid safety measures in place at TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity. In ac­cor­dance with Germany’s federal 3G rule, only people who have been vaccinated, tested, or have recovered from the virus will be allowed to attend classes. For a week now, TU students have been able to have their 3G documents checked at central check-in points on campus in order to receive di­gi­tal access authorization via the TU app in the form of a green tick or, in certain cases, a sticker on their photo ID. At the main entrances to the large lecture halls and seminar buildings, these access authorizations are checked by the security team. Anyone submitting original documents should expect longer waiting times. In rooms that are outside the con­trolled building, compliance with 3G measures is checked by teachers at the beginning of the class. Throughout the entire campus a medical mask must still be worn in the buildings and in classes, even when seated.

Highlights from the freshmen welcome event

Cafeteria menus

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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