BSU Exchange with TU Dortmund University
What is the program about?
TU Dortmund University has been researching and teaching at the global intersection between man, nature and technology since its establishment in 1968. It has developed a unique profile with a special combination of faculties in the natural sciences and engineering, the social sciences and the humanities. This structure produces new knowledge, methodologies and technical innovations.
If the clichés tied to Dortmund’s past were true, the university would have a department of beer brewing and offer a degree in mining or metallurgy. Graduates would make steel and go down into mines. Fortunately, there is nothing clichéd about the vision of the university’s founders, who understood that a great institution must be responsive to the needs of the day. As the economy of the Ruhr region becomes more advanced, both technologically and in terms of the skills required, TU Dortmund University remains a step ahead, providing practical education and applicable skills.
Where does the program take place?
Like almost no other German city, Dortmund has seen enormous change in recent years. The former "steel city" developed into a modern and cosmopolitan metropolis, acquiring renown all across Europe as an innovative location for technological development. But the biggest city in the Ruhr Valley (Dortmund has approx. 600,000 inhabitants and total Ruhr Valley approx. 5 million!) also scores with a wide range of possibilities in the cultural and sporting sectors, with extensive greens and a high quality of life. Dortmund is a city of cultural energy and variety. Embedded in 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.
Dortmund is situated in the temperate climate zone. Winters are comparatively mild, summers rather cool. Precipitation evenly falls throughout the year; steady rain prevails in the wintertime, isolated showers dominate the summer season.
When does this program take place?
Spring: Early April – Late July
Academic Year: Early October – Late July
Note: The university's Language Center (ZHB/Bereich Fremdsprachen) offers a four-week Intensive German Language Course during the months of September (prior to the winter semester) and March (prior to the summer semester), which is free of charge for exchange students. This is a type of review course meant to brush up the student’s knowledge of German. German language classes on all levels (beginners, intermediate, advanced) will be offered.
What is the program content?
TU Dortmund University combines academic tradition with state-of-the-art demands on the quality of education. The curricula in virtually all disciplines have been radically restructured in recent years. And the new and international study programs in particular get a good response here and abroad. TU Dortmund offers a wide variety of subjects in natural sciences and engineering, and is a good option for students of Architecture & Planning, English Literature and Culture Studies, Art and German.
The Dortmund Doubles Program brings together U.S. exchange students and Dortmund students. Every incoming exchange student is paired with one Dortmund student who will make the exchange student’s life easier by supporting him/her to get acquainted with life on and off campus. In addition, there are student assistants working for the International Office and support the staff there by taking care of all administrative questions (e.g. visa application; accommodation). Every U.S. exchange student has an academic advisor within the Institute of American Studies, so students will not be puzzled about which seminar is graded with which certificate, or when they need some “unofficial” information about their favorite course.
What is the student accommodation?
The International Office at Dortmund will make arrangements for on campus accommodation. Rooms in Dortmund are all singles, often with shared baths and/or kitchens.
What is included?
All students attending TU Dortmund pay Ball State tuition and student fees. Tuition and fee rates are based on residency.
Round-trip airfare, accommodation, meals and living expenses are paid out of pocket by the student but can be factored into the cost of attendance sheet for financial aid purposes. Other costs include US passport and immigration documentation.
Is financial assistance available?
Students can apply for a Yuhas or Rinker scholarship from the Rinker Center for International Programs. Scholarship applications can be downloaded here or from our website and submitted to RCIP.
In addition, students should consult with the Ball State University Financial Aid Office to determine available aid for this program.
Number of placements available?
Is a visa required?
U.S. and non-U.S. citizens need a valid passport both to enter other countries and to return to the United States. If you already have a passport, make sure it is valid until at least six months after your return date. If you must apply for or renew a passport, APPLY EARLY, since a minimum of four to six weeks is usually required for processing. During peak travel seasons, more processing time is required. Passport forms are available at many federal and state courts, probate courts, some county/municipal offices and some post offices. They can also be downloaded from the Web.
A visa is official permission granted by the authorities of a country where you will study or travel that allows you to enter and remain in that country for a specific purpose. The visa itself is frequently a stamp in your passport, not a separate document. You will need a passport before applying for a visa and the passport plus visa process may take several months, so start early. It is your responsibility to inquire about visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad; this includes countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program.
If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. If you are an BSU international student, also visit the Rinker Center to obtain a signature on visa documents to permit re-entry to the United States.
For Germany: Students will be accompanied to the city’s international office where they get the Visa right away! Students do not have to apply for a visa in the U.S.!!!
How do I apply?
Step 1 – Click on "Apply Now"
Step 2 – Complete the online application through BSU
Academic Year: March 1
Spring: October 1
Who can I contact for more information?
Phone: (765) 285-5422