Spring, Academic Year, Summer
• Clear Interest and Commitment
• Demonstrated Preparedness/Maturity
• Minimum 3.0 GPA
• Good academic and disciplinary standing
• Semester and Academic Year- Four semesters of college-level German
• Summer- No German language required
• Sophomore, Junior, or Senior standing at the time the program begins
• Approval by UI Study Abroad
• Acceptance by host institution
• Attendance at orientation sessions
• September 23 for Spring
• February 4 for Summer
• February 24 for Fall and Academic Year
Check the 'Costs' section under the Application tab.
The Technical University of Dortmund (TU) and the University of Iowa offer a direct exchange program in which students from both schools remain registered at their own institution, and at the same time receive student status at the guest university. This allows participants to take advantage of all benefits offered by both institutions (including financial aid and scholarships you may presently be receiving).
The Dortmund exchange offers UI students a unique blend of courses that combine language and culture courses with academic work in their major and minor subjects. University studies and life outside the classroom are synthesized in a holistic learning process. From the start, the program focuses on the tools that will enable participants to live independently in their new cultural environment. University, city, and region together function as a large intercultural laboratory.
This includes language practice but goes far beyond it. Special attention is given to integration with local students and the people living in the area. Internships in the region of the Ruhr (one of the most important economic and cultural centers of Germany) and the possibility of field trips to adjacent countries as well as to East-Central and Eastern Europe are some of the special features of the program.
You can learn more about the international student experience at Dortmund on their International Office website.
While in Dortmund, you will have the option to enroll in Germany language courses, German culture courses, or choose from a tremendous variety of courses that can satisfy most UI major and minor requirements, many of which are taught in English.
Depending on the classes you choose, you will earn 12 - 18 semester hours of transfer credit.
German Language Courses
All students enroll in a four-week Intensive German Language Course on arrival to Dortmund. The course content varies based on each student’s German language level.
During the regular semester, students can choose from additional German language courses, depending on their language experience and interests.
You can learn more about the Intensive German Language Courses on the German Language Course website.
General Course Catalog
Students can also choose from a wide variety of courses offered for local and international students at TU, many of which are taught in English. You can find details about their regular course offerings, including links to their full course catalog on the Course Catalog website.
If you need more information about specific courses offered at TU, contact your UI Study Abroad advisor.
Students participating in the summer session enroll in TU's International Summer Program (ISP). This program is designed to offer students innovative, hands-on study opportunities in a wonderful study abroad environment.
No prior German language experience is required for the summer session.
The ISP consists of a required Germany language course, and offers the option to choose additional courses from one of two different tracks: Engineering and German & European Studies. You also have the option of pursuing a research project.
All Engineering and Germany & European Studies courses are taught in English.
By participating in the ISP, you will build your resume, extend your network, immerse yourself in German culture, and make new friends in a welcoming environment.
Take a look at the International Summer Program website for more information.
Foreign universities are typically unable to provide a final course catalog for the upcoming semester until shortly before the semester begins. Students usually do not know which specific classes they can take before arriving abroad, and they usually do not register for classes until they arrive in their host country- this means that there is no way to guarantee that you will be able to enroll in your preferred courses. Your final course schedule may not be finalized until you are already abroad and attending classes.
Because of these differences, all students must meet with their academic advisor before going abroad to discuss how the differences in course availability will affect their degree progress and graduation plans. It is important to develop a back-up plan in case your preferred courses are not available when you arrive at their host university.
Unless UI Study Abroad has an approval on file for the courses you take abroad to be applied toward a specific major, minor, certificate, or general education requirement, you will receive general elective credit for your course.
If you plan to apply the credit you receive for your program course to a major, minor, certificate, or general education requirement, contact your UI study abroad advisor for details on the process.
The international student office at TU offers a variety of cultural events, a Buddy program, receptions, and other opportunities to get to know Germany. In addition, the Ruhr region is one of the most densely populated in Germany, with literally hundreds of places and events within reach of the university.
You can learn more about the cultural activities offered at TU on their Campus Life website.
Because of the German academic calendar, students either study for the full academic year or for the spring semester.
Students arrive four weeks prior to the start of the regular semester at TU to participate in the required Intensive German Language course. The regular fall (winter) term runs from October through early February, and the spring (summer) term runs from mid-April through mid-July.
You can find dates for the required four-week Intensive German Language Course on the Germany Language Course website.
You can find dates regular fall and spring terms on the Dortmund’s Academic Calendars website.
The International Summer Program runs from the end of May through the end of July.
You can find the ISP program International Summer Program website.
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The TU Dortmund is a young German university founded in the stormy days of the late 1960s and it has retained much of the dynamic of that period. Some 1,500 of its 25,000 students are degree students from abroad. The university's sixteen schools offer state-of-the-art education and training in the natural sciences, technology, economics and business administration, education and special education, social sciences, theology, humanities, and journalism. Dortmund's School of Planning offers the largest and most prestigious regional and urban planning program in Europe. Dortmund is the only university entrusted with five projects for EUREKA, the European research project for innovative technology. Centers for the Environmental Sciences and the Study of East Central Europe as well as Germany's oldest Women's Studies Program offer special opportunities to the university community.
The university is located in Dortmund, a city of 600,000 inhabitants in the Eastern part of the Ruhr. The city, whose origins date back to 890 A.D., has grown into a modern center of business, high-tech industry, education, and culture. The old districts of town with their restaurants and pubs contrast with the newer sections dominated by daring modernist and postmodern architecture. Together, they give the city its characteristic blend of tradition and innovation. Attractively renovated Art Nouveau facades shape the architectural personality of many streets, indeed whole quarters. In the shopping areas of the inner city, pedestrians have reclaimed the streets for their own use. And, more than half of the city's incorporated area is devoted to green spaces: gardens, spacious parks, and even forests lie within city limits.
Immediately upon arriving at Dortmund, you will find that the city is "off the beaten track" — at least as far as tourists are concerned. The university, city, and region introduce you to everyday life in Germany. There is much to explore here. Your metro ticket will take you to every corner of the city and the Ruhr. A well-designed and efficient system of bike routes connects the various sections of Dortmund and neighboring cities and regions, leading far into Belgium and Holland.
The monthly listings of cultural events, theater, opera, and concerts (Dortmund has the largest venue for cultural and sports events in Germany, the Wesyhknhalk, where mega stars are regularly featured) are published in a special journal of its own and give you quick and up-to-date information about what is going on. Dortmund also is home to one of the major soccer teams of Europe, Borussia Dortmund.
The Ruhr is a major metropolitan area and one of Europe's most exciting regions. More than 5 million people live in 53 cities, including Dortmund, Bochum, Essen, and Duisburg, with Cologne, Bonn, and the vineyards of the Rhine Valley on the periphery. Within a radius of 300 miles, more than 130 million people make their home. A well-kept metro network, available to students at no cost, connects the whole area and opens up the vast cultural offerings of the region to each of its inhabitants.
The Ruhr used to be known for mining and heavy industry — topics that can be studied in the region's many technological and industrial museums. In the past two decades, the region has undergone a dramatic change towards becoming a post-industrial society, at times dubbed "Helicon Valley" because of its future-oriented research, which includes solar energy. It is the most successfully restructured industrial region in the world and it is hard to believe how green such a region can be: almost three quarters of the Ruhr is devoted to green spaces.
The Ruhr has retained its characteristic identity as a region while developing a new cultural diversity influenced by the proximity of neighboring countries such as The Netherlands, Belgium, and France, and because of decades of immigration from all parts of Europe.
The national mining museum, the German Cookbook Museum, a gasometer turned into a museum, a design center in a former coal pit — these are just a few of the many unusual attractions the Ruhr District offers to learn about German culture of the past and present.
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Pay close attention to the entry and exit requirements, local laws and customs, health conditions, and other details to help decide whether traveling to any given country is right for you. Non-US citizen travelers may also wish to seek guidance from the embassy of their country of citizenship. The UI International Travel Policy for Students addresses restrictions on student travel to high-risk locations and engagement in high-risk activities abroad.
Dortmund is in the lower third among Germany's major cities with regard to housing costs. Once you are registered for the program, Dortmund staff will assist you with finding accommodation before you arrive.
You may express a preference for one of three modes of accommodation — a single room in an apartment living with other students ("Wohngemeinschaft"), a dorm room, or a homestay with a local family. Although Dortmund may not always be able to honor your first choice of accommodation, you can be assured that you will be placed in a German-speaking environment together with people who appreciate you and your background.
You can learn more about the housing options at Dortmund on their Accommodation website.
Students will need to make their own travel arrangements to get to their program site- UI Study Abroad will not arrange a group flight to your study abroad destination.
Do not make travel plans until you receive instructions from UI Study Abroad.
Students will receive contact information for any other program participants several weeks prior to the start of their program so that they can coordinate travel plans with other students.
If you need advice on making travel arrangements, contact your UI study abroad advisor.
Dortmund enjoys excellent public transportation (busses, S-Bahn, and U-bahn). Your student travel card will allow you to get almost anywhere in the Ruhr region. Beyond that, Dortmund is well-connected to the rest of Germany and Europe via rail. The closest major airport is in Dusseldorf.
This program is open to University of Iowa students who fulfill the following requirements:
Students will be responsible for paying many of their program costs through their University of Iowa U-Bill, while other costs will be out-of-pocket costs paid by the student directly to vendors before and after going abroad. Refer to the cost sheets below for details on the costs associated with this program.
The cost sheets outline the total estimated costs associated with participating in this program and can be used for financial aid purposes. They include fees charged on students’ U-Bill as well as out-of-pocket expenses. Actual out-of-pocket expenses will vary from individual to individual. Quoted estimates are conservatively high, yet realistic.
Costs for future sessions are usually similar to the current session, however students can expect a modest increase in overall costs each session. Final cost sheets for future sessions are typically available early in the semester before the session begins.
The following cost sheets apply to the Spring 2019 and Summer 2019 sessions.
A cost sheet for the Spring 2020 session will be available by mid-fall 2019.
A cost sheet for the Summer 2020 session will be available by mid-spring 2020.
The cost sheets are based on the fees described below:
Cost sheets do not include the following optional costs:
Costs for personal travel are not included in the cost estimates provided on the cost sheet. If you plan to travel outside of your host city or country during or after your study abroad program, you will need to budget for additional funds to cover the cost of your personal travel.
The cost of personal travel depends entirely on each student’s individual travel plans and spending habits. Estimates for personal travel costs provided by past students on this program vary significantly from $1,500 to as much as $9,000 or more per session.
If you are accepted to your program, you will be asked to commit to participating in your program by submitting the University of Iowa Confirmation of Participation form, and by completing requirements for your host university.
After you have formally confirmed your plans to participate, you will work both with UI Study Abroad and your host university. Follow instructions from both. Later in the semester, your UI Study Abroad advisor will contact you regarding orientation sessions, registration, and other required UI procedures and documentation.
Admission to this program is limited to a small number of students each session, based on the current exchange balance with the host university.
Complete applications from eligible students will be considered on a first come, first served basis. Interested students are encouraged to submit complete application materials as soon as possible to increase their chances of securing a place in the program during their chosen session.
Contact your study abroad advisor for updates on available spaces for the upcoming sessions.
Applications for the Spring 2020 session are due on September 23, 2019.
Applications for the Summer 2020 session are due on February 4, 2020.
Applications for the Academic Year 2020-2021 session are due on February 24, 2020.
Applications for Summer 2020, Fall 2020 and Academic Year 2020-2021 will be available by early Spring 2020.
After you have received an email from UI Study Abroad indicating that you have been formally accepted to the program, have reviewed the estimated costs, and you are ready to commit to participating in this program, you will need to complete the following steps:
Thoroughly review the following sections of text:
You can find information about options for funding your study abroad experience, including financial aid, scholarships, grants, etc, on UI Study Abroad’s Funding Website.
All program participants are required to complete immigration requirements to enter and study in your host country. UI Study Abroad and your program provider/host institution abroad will provide you with immigration instructions prior to departure.
Note that permission to enter and study in your host country is provided exclusively by the host country’s government based on that country's immigration requirements. Your host country’s immigration requirements may include considerations related to specific national origin, national heritage, criminal background status, and similar issues that can make it impossible to receive permission to enter the country in some cases. Contact your UI study abroad advisor for more information.
It is essential that you thoroughly review all of your immigration materials before you leave for your host country to ensure that they are absolutely complete and accurate. It is entirely your responsibility to ensure that all of your immigration materials are in order and fully accurate before you leave for your host country. If any of your immigration materials contain inaccurate information of any kind, contact your UI study abroad advisor immediately to discuss your options.
Do not take steps to complete your host country’s immigration requirements until you receive more information from UI Study Abroad.
Review the UI Study Abroad Travel Documentation website for further guidance on the immigration/visa process.
In order to prepare for your time abroad, you are required by the University of Iowa to complete two orientations. These may be in addition to orientations provided by your on-site provider. See below for more information.
You are required to complete the International Programs ICON course "Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation" prior to departure. This orientation is mandatory for all students going abroad under the auspices of the University of Iowa. It covers many practical matters about living overseas, such as health and safety, communication, money, goals, and much more. You will be enrolled in this course by International Programs and an email will be sent to you once enrolled. If you have any questions, you can email email@example.com.
This orientation will be facilitated by your study abroad advisor and will cover content specific to your program and host country. It could be conducted in a group setting or one-on-one depending on your type of planned activity abroad. Your study abroad advisor will send you more information about this mandatory in-person session.
All students need a valid passport to participate in this program. You can find details about applying for a passport on the UI Study Abroad Travel Documentation website.
UI Study Abroad offers a variety of general predeparture resources. Review the following materials, and feel free to pass them along to your family or other loved ones to help them understand more about your upcoming program.
These materials may be periodically updated to reflect new program information prior to departure- contact your study abroad advisor for more information.
Please note that your program provider and host institution may provide you with additional predeparture materials specific to your study abroad program. Also review those materials, share them with your family, and refer back to them if you have any questions.
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