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A University with a unique profile

Since its founding 47 years ago, TU Dortmund University has developed a special profile, encompassing 16 faculties ranging from science and engineering to social sciences and culture studies. The university currently has circa 33,550 students and 6,200 staff members, including 300 professors. The curriculum is comprised of around 80 programs of study, both traditional and innovative, some even unique to this university. A broad teacher training program is also offered for all school types. The various scientific disciplines share a common university spirit in which interdisciplinarity, communication and cooperation are not only taught, but lived and experienced. This interaction creates an environment conducive to technological innovation and fosters advances in methods and knowledge.

Around 6,500 students are admitted to TU Dortmund University each year; total enrollment is about 33,550. The majors range from classic disciplines to cutting-edge subjects including unique programs in bioengineering, spatial planning, statistics, journalism and the rehabilitation sciences. The Dortmund Model of Civil Engineering trains architects and civil engineers in joint projects. Future teachers become fully qualified for all levels and in all types of schools in a broad range of subjects from mathematics to languages and the fine arts. TU Dortmund University is one of only a few universities in Germany to offer such a wide spectrum of teacher training.

At TU Dortmund University there are more than 3,200 foreign students from more than 100 countries. Here the international character of the university is a huge priority. No matter whether you come to TU Dortmund University as an international student or whether you want to study abroad as a Dortmund student, the International Office is the right contact.



Modern research is often interdisciplinary. This is especially visible in the four profile areas of TU Dortmund University. In Production and Logistics, researchers develop innovative ideas for processing materials and shape the management of goods flows and production processes together with experts at the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics. Chemical Biology and Biotechnology, the second profile area, brings together several strong partners. Here, Germany's largest Faculty of Biochemical and Chemical Engineering, Dortmund's Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology, and the Faculty of Chemistry cooperate with other research institutions. In the third profile area, Modeling, Simulation and Optimization of Complex Processes and Systems, computer scientists, mathematicians, statisticians, engineers and economists work together to model technical processes and economic developments. A fourth key area is Youth, School and Education Research, providing significant impulses for national and international educational policies.

In 2011, TU Dortmund University obtained research grants of more than 76 million Euros. This includes funding from the German Research Foundation (DFG) for several collaborative research centers, transregional collaborative research centers, research units and priority programs. The grants also support young scientists who come to TU Dortmund University for its exceptional PhD programs including DFG research training groups and NRW research schools.


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Dortmund has a lively and versatile cultural life and a million ways to spend your time. Whether it is the opera, road shows, treasures of the Middle Ages or economic history – you name it, Dortmund has got it. The Ruhr Area has something to cater for every taste. Dortmund is a city of cultural energy and variety. Embedded in the Europe's largest arts & cultural landscape - in the Ruhr, that is - Dortmund's arts & culture scene is a byword for dynamism and innovation. Dortmund sees such energy as an opportunity and is shaping up as a center of music and art. Nearly half the municipal territory consists of waterways, woodland, agriculture and green spaces. Spacious parks - Westfalenpark, for example - invite you to go for a jog or tarry awhile on a bench. Dortmund has a world-wide reputation for professional sport. But there is a whole range of sports for the enthusiastic "amateur". The Signal-Iduna-Park (DE), home to the seven-time German football champion Borussia Dortmund, is only a stone’s throw away from the Westfalenhallen. As one of the most modern stadiums of the Bundesliga (the German national league), it can accommodate more than 80,000 people. Every fall it turns into Dortmund’s largest lecture hall, as the university rector traditionally welcomes the new students in Borussia Dortmund's home stadium.