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Dortmund, Germany (Exchange Program)
Technische Universität Dortmund
The city of Dortmund has traditionally been known for its industrial landscape and beer brewing, but has grown to be one of the most respected educational and research centers in all of Germany. The Dortmund University of Technology offers a wide selection of courses for students in diverse fields, such as economics, business, theology, chemistry, communications, art and art history, and American and British studies.
This program presents a great opportunity for students who have been studying German to get first-hand experience and to immerse themselves in the German language and culture.
One year of college-level German is required for this exchange program.
Students are encouraged to take part in Dortmund's month-long intensive German course held in the month prior to the beginning of the semester. This course allows students to continue improving their German language skills based on their individual proficiency level early on in their study-abroad experience. Built-in activities and field trips introduce students to geographical and historical highlights of the Ruhr region and culture as well.
Courses in British and American literature and culture are available in English. There are also many courses in Business, Computer Science, and Engineering taught in English; many additional courses are available for those proficient enough in German. There are also German language classes available for those students wishing to improve their language skills in German. For listings of courses offered in English and American Studies currently and in the past, click here. Continue scrolling through all the classes, the American Studies and comparative culture courses that would apply as Common Curriculum are at the bottom of the list.
All students from U.S. colleges and universities are appointed an academic advisor from the Department of American Studies. The advisor not only acts as a general "go-to" person, but also suggests courses which match up to students' interests and requirements, and completes the transcript at the end of the semester.
The Academic Calendar
Because of the German calendar, students are not eligible to enroll in the fall only. Loyola students can go for one academic year or the spring semester.
The Dortmund University of Technology has a large campus, which is just a 10-minute train ride from downtown Dortmund, and a student population of approximately 20,000.
Classes are held once a week for about 90 minutes. Students are expected to attend classes regularly in order to prepare for the cumulative final examinations which determine the majority of their grades. In many cases, students have less work throughout the semester, but the final exams are not to be taken lightly. Students study hard, but they also enjoy university life by participating in the many festivals and parties that are organized each semester. Campus Total, a campus-wide music extravaganza, is a highlight each semester as well as the student-run pubs that are found across campus.
There are dormitories which are more affordable than living off-campus for most students. The convenience of living close to school is often preferred, as the morning commute -even if only ten minutes long- can sometimes turn into a hectic race.
The dorms offer small single apartments with cooking facilities and also multi-room complexes with shared kitchens. They are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so it is necessary to inform the program coordinator as soon as possible, if you would like to request a dorm room. Additional housing details are available on the Dortmund website for exchange students.
There are volunteer opportunities to be found throughout the city, including private English tutoring and volunteering at local grade schools. Interested students should inquire with their program coordinator.
For more information and to begin the application process for the semester or yearlong exchange program, please make an appointment for advising with the Center for International Education.