The Dortmund Doubles Program brings American and international exchange students and Dortmund students together every semester. The idea behind this is to make it easier for incoming international students to start their time in Dortmund and to establish social contacts and friendships. The Dortmund doubles have the opportunity to learn something firsthand about American culture and to look at their own culture from a new perspective. The program takes place during the semester and is especially active in June & July during the International Summer Program.
As a Dortmund Double you will have the opportunity to get to know an American or international student better. In addition to learning more about them, you will also be able to learn about cultural and personal differences and peculiarities, such as holidays, family traditions and the university system. The double is an international student, often from the USA, and these connections typically form into long-term friendships.
In addition, of course, the participants also have a lot of fun with the group activities, such as excursions and celebrations, which the doubles plan and organize together. In the last semesters this meant, for example: Christmas dinner, a visit to the Christmas market, a Halloween party with pumpkin carving, a big 4th of July party or a BBQ, trips to Cologne, Münster etc., museum night / night of industrial culture, pub and kiosk tours through Dortmund, Carnival celebrations, public viewing etc ...
Although this is a voluntary activity and your main aim is to get to know exchange students and get involved in life on campus, we will also issue a certificate of attendance for you if you are interested. The certificate can, among other things, be credited towards the International Studies certificate and can be requested from Ms. Gaß shortly after the semester in which the participation took place.
For many exchange students, their first semester abroad at TU Dortmund is often the first long stay abroad, the first time in Germany or Dortmund, and maybe also the first trip all alone. As you may know from personal experiences abroad, this is sure to be a challenge for the international students and you can help them out! Of course, our incoming students not only want to get to know the TU Dortmund and attend courses, but also learn something about the city, region, people and, above all, student life. In groups of two German students each (possibly only one person in the ISP) you will therefore be the first German contact person for the international student. You will help to make the exchange semester and the start of their studies as pleasant as possible. If you want to take part, your tasks include picking up and looking after the international student, especially during the first few weeks, and organizing an excursion / event for everyone. In addition, we and above all the exchange students expect that they will be able to keep in touch with you for the duration of the semester and that you will be at their side if they have problems as well as to help them establish contact with others. Participation is a task with a lot of responsibility, but above all you and the exchange students should have a lot of fun and make new contacts!
Application deadline for the Dortmund Doubles in SS 23: 15.01.2023 to Edgar Stiehler
If you have decided that becoming a Dortmund Double is just right for you, you are welcome to contact us or simply fill out an application for the relevant semester. Due to the high level of interest, we unfortunately cannot guarantee (especially those who have already participated) that you will receive a place in the program right away; so keep the ISP program or the next semester in mind! The selection is based on your application, but above all by matching your interests, subjects, and information with those of the respective exchange students. The more information you reveal about yourself, the better. It is also important that at least one of the two German doubles is there to pick up the student from the airport / train station and bring them to the dormitory. In the winter semester, the students arrive at the beginning of September, in the summer semester they arrive in the first week of March and for the ISP at the beginning of June.
Every semester there is a compulsory information event at which we will inform you about the process and the events and answer your questions after you have been successfully accepted into the program. This appointment takes place approximately three to four weeks before the arrival of the students in order to provide enough time for an individual arrangement to be coordinated.
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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”.
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