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Ceren Ateş is a bachelor student who is studying statistics in Ankara and has completed her Erasmus exchange semester in Dortmund despite the coronavirus pandemic.
Ms. Ateş, many students were faced with the question during the pandemic of whether or not to start their exchange semester abroad. You came to Germany from Turkey at the beginning of March to study for a semester at the Department of Statistics of TU Dortmund University. What was it like to complete an Erasmus semester during the lockdown?
I had already applied for an Erasmus semester for the 2020/21 winter semester, but I was obliged to postpone it because of the coronavirus pandemic. But then in the summer semester I wanted to take the opportunity. After all, the pandemic is affecting not only me but the whole world, and I knew that people everywhere have to adapt to this situation. I hoped that I’d be able to travel around a bit and visit different places, despite the restrictions. If not, then that would have been okay too – I just wanted to take the plunge and see what was possible. I arrived in Dortmund at the beginning of March. At the start of the summer semester, the restrictions were still very strict, so I primarily got to know Dortmund and the surrounding area and went for long walks. But then the restrictions were gradually lifted, and I was also able to visit museums, for example. At the moment, life feels far more normal again, but you still have to show consideration and be careful.
How was teaching during your Erasmus semester?
I attended four courses. Above all the “Sports Data Visualization” course was highly relevant and very interesting for me. I also completed three German language courses during the semester. Although all these courses, including the languages ones, took place online, I was able to make friends with my fellow students nevertheless, for example through group work. I also met new people via my roommate in the residence hall.
What do you recommend to students currently thinking about undertaking an Erasmus semester?
Take the opportunity for an exchange semester! Despite the restrictions in connection with the coronavirus, I was able to get to know the region and its culture and make a lot of friends. Studying abroad allows a change of perspective and was a great experience. The International Office at TU Dortmund University provided lots of excellent support and helped me with all my questions. I’m going back to Turkey in September – I wish I could stay in Dortmund even longer.
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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”.