Exchange students at the Faculty of Design


We are pleased that you are interested in spending a semester as exchange student at the Faculty of Design at University of Applied Sciences and Arts Dortmund (FH Dortmund)!

In the following, you will find information on how to apply for exchange studies, on the study programmes offered at the Faculty and essential information on your stay as exchange student.

Application as exchange student

How to apply

A prerequisite for your application as an exchange student is an existing cooperation agreement between your home university and the Faculty of Design at FH Dortmund. Please check with the International Office of your home university how to be nominated as exchange student. After that, you will need to register as exchange student via the online system of FH Dortmund – detailed information can be found here:

As a second step, i.e. after your application was formally accepted, please apply to the Faculty Design with the following documents (by email to

  • letter of motivation (German or English);
  • CV with photo (German or English);
  • language certificate (proficiency in the language of instruction on level B1 CEFR) – a confirmation of your current participation in an adequate language course may be sufficient upon agreement;
  • completed Learning Agreement (listing of courses which you would like to take at the Faculty of Design; signed by yourself and the departmental exchange coordinator of your home university).

Studies at the Faculty of Design

Detailed information on studies and facilities the Faculty of Design can be found in our International Student Guide [pdf] and our Faculty Brochure [pdf] (for download in the right sidebar).

Language of instruction

The primary language of instruction, if not indicated otherwise for individual courses, is German. However, most teachers and students are fluent in English and the faculty staff is willing to give complementary instructions in English and switch to English at times. However, we cannot guarantee this for all courses. Nonetheless, proficiency in German on level A2 (CEFR) at least is required to participate actively in the courses at the Faculty of Design. Therefore, we strongly recommend exchange students to take preparatory language courses.

The Master Programme Scenographic Design and Communication is taught bilingually, i.e. both German and English.

Study Programmes at the Faculty of Design

Bachelor Programmes

7 semesters / 3,5 years: 210 ECTS points

Master Programmes

4 semesters / 2 years: 120 ECTS points

3 semesters / 1,5 years: 90 ECTS points

Modules and courses

Studies at the Faculty of Design have a strong focus on projects and team work.

Special module types: EEG modules are cross-disciplinary courses, in IDP modules, you work on design projects in interdisciplinary student groups; SK courses convey transferable skills.

The course outline (syllabus) for each study programme is available for download on the website of the respective programme (see above), in the sidebar on the right. The courses / lectures offered each semester can be retrieved via this database: For further instructions, please check the International Student Guide [pdf].

In order to register for a course, please use the ODS system (login with your student ID FH-Kennung which you will receive after enrolment).


The Faculty features a well-equipped library, computer rooms, printers and scanners, and workspaces for students. Moreover, there are specialised studios and workshops for practical projects with different materials. For details, please check our International Student Guide [pdf].

Buddy Programme

In cooperation with the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) Dortmund, we offer a Buddy Programme for exchange students. We will try to find a "matching" local student as your "buddy", who will support you with the first steps in Dortmund and with settling in at the Faculty. ESN also organises events and meetings during the semester for all participants. Please contact the International Office at the Faculty if you are interested.