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Organizational matters at the start of the study

Students are sitting in audimax. © Jürgen Huhn​/​TU Dortmund

Also recommended for you as a "Fresher" are the events of the Dortmunder Zentrum Studienstart (DZS), which you can use for the "BCI Führerschein". You can find initial info here.

Startelf Logo optisch angelehnt an Figuren eines Tischkickers © BCI ​/​ TU Dortmund

Startelf is a program in which older students (peers) look after the new freshmen as mentors. Already in the O-phase, the mentoring groups will get to know each other and the BCI faculty.

Each group consists of ten freshmen and one peer and will guarantee - even under pandemic conditions - a solid contact to fellow students. Throughout the first semester, there will be a variety of events for the freshmen.
At regular meetings between the peers and the freshmen, information can be obtained or problems can be discussed.

If you have enrolled after this deadline, please contact us via email. We will then add you immediately so that you can stay up to date and network with the other first-year students.

Kontakt: Startelf.bcitu-dortmundde.

Three students are standing together in a square in front of two buildings. © Roland Baege​/​TU Dortmund

The orientation phase gives first-year students - also affectionately known as "Erstis" among students - the opportunity to get to know their future university and faculty before lectures officially begin. Here, the newcomers get a general introduction to how everyday university life works, what their fields of study are like, and what help is available in case of problems. Last but not least, the O also stands for orientation on campus, because it's quite huge and it's quite easy to get lost...

Orientation help and answers to all important questions are provided by the team members, experienced students of the faculty. Many questions will be answered, such as:

  • Where do I find my lecture and practice rooms?
  • How do I register in the library?
  • What is a student council?
  • Where can I get the best fries on campus?...

There is no question that can't be answered and of course not only dry instructions are given. Shared experiences and parties help you feel "at home" from day one. You will receive information and get to know your future fellow students, important so that your start will not be a false start.

 O-Wochen at BCI booklet  (german).

Schematische Abbildung des BCI Führerscheins, Kartenformat mit Angabe von Name und Matrikelnummer © BCI​/​TU Dortmund

Steer safely through university life with the "BCI-Führerschein" - you can even complete the first necessary achievement for your studies before your first lecture. 

Weitere Informationen zum BCI-Führerschein.


The preliminary course is aimed at first-year students of all mathematics-related disciplines, especially engineering and mathematics and natural sciences. Accordingly, in the preliminary course, mathematical school material is repeated and not, for example, the mathematical training intended for the basic studies is anticipated. The preliminary math course is subject to registration.

It is possible and useful to join the preliminary course even after it has started. 

Register here! 


Organizational matters at the start of the Masters studies

To use the digital central area, you must be enrolled. You will receive the access data for Moodle.

In the digital central area you will find all information concerning your studies. 

External Master's students can find information about their study conditions and contents  here 

For a good integration of the future freshmen and the external master students (=students who have completed their bachelor studies outside the faculty BCI) the Starttelf program has been set up. Shortly before the beginning of the semester, you will receive an invitation to O-Phase on your mail address registered at TU Dortmund University. (Link) In the O-Phase we will connect you with the assigned peer students, who will be your first contact for all questions about studying at the Faculty BCI.

For questions in advance you can contact the mail address startelf.bcitu-dortmundde.

Information about the timetables can be found on the website of the faculty.

You will find your individual required courses in the respective timetables of the Bachelor students in the course catalog of the TU Dortmund University or in the notices in the glass boxes of the central area. When scheduling elective courses in particular, there may be scheduling conflicts. Then you have to choose another specialization.

To choose the specializations (electives), please also use the course catalog and the current module handbook, which can also be found on the faculty website. 

In addition to the catalogs of courses offered, please be sure to read the general information in the LSF or in the connected Moodle rooms, e.g. on registration or on the kick-off events or modules; not all events are already scheduled at the beginning of the semester.

For your internships, please register very early. You will find the necessary information in the section  BCI-Praktika und Labore (BCI Internships and Labs section) at the Digitaler Zentralbereich.

If you have any questions about the internship, please contact the internship organization by e-mail:

If you come from outside the TU Dortmund University, your admission includes a catalog of required courses of varying scope.

Some of the required courses take place in the winter semester, some in the summer semester. Therefore, you will not be able to fulfill all requirements immediately in your first semester, but will already listen to (elective) compulsory modules of your Master's degree and choose elective courses in parallel.

From the required courses, the (elective) compulsory courses and the electives you will create your individual study plan. In this plan, the required courses have first priority.

If you change universities, please be prepared for the fact that you may lose time in your studies or that - due to scheduling conflicts - you may not be able to take advantage of all the elective options available to you on paper.

With the university account you can use the "PC Pools" of the BCI faculty.

If you have completed your Bachelor's thesis outside a university, we would like to point out now as a precaution that you cannot write your Master's thesis externally (e.g. in an industrial company), as this is only possible once for students of the faculty.


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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Cam­pus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Cam­pus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Cam­pus to South Cam­pus by car, there is the connection via Vo­gel­pothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Cam­pus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duis­burg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity. There are two stations on North Cam­pus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Cam­pus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Cam­pus and offers a direct connection to South Cam­pus every five minutes.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the uni­ver­si­ty campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the uni­ver­si­ty station.