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The faculties and departmental coordinators
If you need further information on the study programs offered at Fachhochschule Dortmund, please visit the pages of the faculties or contact the respective international representatives.
Faculty of Applied Social Sciences
Faculty of Architecture
Faculty of Design
Faculty of Electrical Engineering
Faculty of Computer Science
International Coordinator International Master's Programs
International Representative Faculty of Computer Science
Faculty of Information Technology
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Business Studies
International Coordinator International Business Bachelor's Programs
International Coordinator European Master in Project Management (EuroMPM)
Visa and Financing
In order to be well prepared for your stay, to be able to focus on your studies and to enjoy your stay, you should have sufficient financial resources to cover your expenses. You should calculate with about €900 per month.
The enrollment documents will be provided by the International Office. You will be informed about the enrollment process by email after the application process is completed. Please read your emails regularly.
In order for the enrollment process to be easy, please bring the following documents with you:
- Your valid passport or identity card (EU).
- Proof that you have paid the semester fee for the current semester
- Proof of health insurance for enrollment /European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or exemption from compulsory health insurance (if you have private health insurance in Germany or if you have one from your home country)
- Signed rental contract, if you have rented a room in the Studierendenwerk Dortmund dormitory.
After enrollment, your student ID will be generated, which will give you access to the Online Services for Students (ODS) or the Study Portal. In accordance with the guiding principle "We focus on students.", Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts offers its students selected student administration processes online. You can also print out the NRW semester ticket via the Online Services for Students (ODS) or the Study Portal. The semester ticket is initially valid for one semester after enrollment.
ODS or the study portal will remain open for you for 6 months after you have finished your stay at Dortmund University of Applied Sciences. This way you can easily print out the Transcript of Records in your home country.
Confirmation of arrival and stay
Confirmation of Arrival
At the beginning of your stay you have to bring a form from your university, the so-called "Confirmation of Arrival", which confirms your arrival at our university. This form must be signed by a responsible person at the International Office of Dortmund University of Applied Sciences. It is best to bring the form with you to enrollment or shortly thereafter. The confirmation of arrival cannot be dated in advance, but only after enrollment. The day of enrollment is the first day of your exchange stay at our university.
Confirmation of Stay
At the end of your stay as an exchange student you will need the document "Confirmation of Stay", which confirms the length of your stay at our university. This document will also be issued at your university and signed by the International Office of Dortmund University of Applied Sciences. The Confirmation of Stay cannot be confirmed in advance, but only after you have written your last exam. The last day of your stay is therefore the date of your last exam at our university and only this date will be confirmed on the form. Therefore, we ask you to come to the International Office shortly after your last exam to have the documents filled out.
Semester Contribution "Semesterbeitrag"
All students of Fh Dortmund need to pay a semester contribution, so-called »Semesterbeitrag« of approximately 320 € for each semester.
The first contribution must be paid before the enrollment and a proof of it must be brought with to the enrollment.
Afterward you will have to pay the semester contribution each semester and will be informed about it via email to your FH-email-address by the Office for Student Affairs/ Studienbüro - this process is called enrolment renewal and in German "Rückmeldung".
The payment "Semesterbeitrag" must be done before the enrollment - you must bring a confirmation of the payment to the enrollment with you!
We recommend you to pay the contribution fee in advance from your home country! Please note that additional costs may be incurred if you transfer the money from outside the country! Make sure that our University receives the full amount otherwise you will not be enrolled until the missing amount will be paid.
Cash payments can only be made at the banks (Banken/Sparkassen) – and not at International Office or Office for Student Affairs.
Transcript of Records
After your stay at Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts, you will need proof of examinations passed and services rendered. This refers to your Transcript of Records. You can easily create the automatically generated document - depending on your study program - via ODS (Online Services for Students) or the study portal itself once all your ECTS points have been entered. The document is valid without signatures.
ODS or the study portal will remain open for 6 months after your stay. So you can easily print the Transcript of Records in your home country.
Extension of stay
We are pleased that you would like to stay longer at Dortmund University of Applied Sciences than agreed. Please note that exchange students are only enrolled at our university for a limited time. The duration of your stay depends on your selected study program and is already determined when you apply. For this reason, the extension of your stay does not happen automatically.
Unfortunately, it is not always possible to extend your stay abroad at our university. There are only a limited number of places for exchange students - depending on the home university and the academic year.
If you would like to stay longer than agreed upon at the beginning of your stay, there are important steps you need to fulfill.
Contact the International Office early - at least one month before the end of your stay and before the official re-enrollment period begins.
Ask your home university if they agree to the extension. In that case, the responsible person at your home university must approve the extension to the International Office at Dortmund UAS.
Contact the International Officer* of your department and discuss your courses, as he/she will have to sign your Learning Agreement again.
If necessary, contact the Studierendenwerk Dortmund to extend the contract of your dormitory room. It may happen that there is no more room available and you have to look for a new accommodation.
If the extension of your stay is accepted, you will have to pay the semester fee during re-registration.
Semester Schedule (German language only)
Living in Dortmund as an exchange student
Room reservation via Studierendenwerk Dortmund
The Studierendenwerk Dortmund offers room reservations to program students. If you would like to use this option, please inform us about this as part of your application.
Please note: Recently, the request for rooms has exceeded the available supply. So, for that reason, and despite our best efforts, we may not be able to reserve a room for you. Therefore, please wait until the official confirmation (or cancellation) of a dormitory room by Studierendenwerk Dortmund. In case of a cancellation, your already paid deposit will of course be refunded. There is no legal claim to a room reservation.
Looking for a room in Dortmund
We assist our students in finding a room on their own through the following website.
Registration and Application for Residence Permit
Leisure program for exchange students
Study programs, course choice and language
Programs offered by Dortmund University of Applied Sciences (German language only)
Almost all courses are taught in German, so you should be well prepared for your stay abroad. German courses are certainly offered in your home country by the Goethe Institute or other service providers. Be sure to take advantage of such offers. To apply for a German-language degree program, you must provide proof of German language skills at a level of at least B 1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The certificate must be submitted with the application documents.
Programs offered in English
It is often not possible to make a list of all preferred seminars in advance, as most teaching assistants do not publish their seminars until the beginning of the semester.
An international coordinator in your department will be able to answer your questions about seminars, projects and semester hours. You can find the contact information for your contact person at the top of this page.
Please make sure that all exams you have selected are offered within the time frame of your stay. At FH Dortmund, exams are offered in two exam sections. The second examination period usually always extends into the following semester. This examination period is often outside your period of residence, makes it necessary to re-register at Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts by paying the semester fee, and overlaps with the restart of your studies at your home university.
If you want to add or remove a seminar in the "Learning Agreement", please use the designated form for changes and remember to get all signatures.
Exchange Student Guide
Sandra Bolesch, M.Sc.
Open office hour:
Wednesday: 9.30 am to 12.30 pm
Office hour with prior appointment:
Thursday: 2.00 pm to 3.00 pm
On Thursdays, an appointment must be made in advance, stating the concern, by phone or email, with the appropriate contact person.