… the City
Dortmund is located at the center of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, and is considered the cultural, commercial, and administrative hub of the area. While having started out as a nexus of trade following its foundation in the year 882, it has since undergone several structural transformations: After rising from its ashes after the Thirty Year's War, Dortmund became one of the most significant producers of coal, steel, and beer. With the more recent trend towards environmental awareness, Dortmund's focus turned towards bio- and microtechnology, and in 2014 the city was elected the most sustainable city in the country.
… the Technische Universität
The Technische Universität is a very young university, being founded in 1968 as part of the area's structural transformation away from the coal industry. With over 34,000 students and over 6,000 staff, including 300 professors, it encompasses 16 faculties and focuses on interdisciplinarity, communication, cooperation, and sustainability. Roughly every tenth student comes from abroad, representing about 120 countries in total.
… the Faculty of Computer Science
While the university is fairly young, its faculty of computer science is not: With it being founded in 1972, it is merely a decade younger than the oldest computer science degree program in the United States. It hosts over 2,000 students, including the robot soccer team NAO Devils which frequently contests in national and international competitions.
… the Ballsportverein Borussia
The famous German football club known as BVB resides within the largest stadium in Germany, the Signal Iduna Park, which is in clear view of the campus grounds. It was founded over a century ago in 1909 and, over the years, rose to become an eight-time national champion (Bundesliga).
… by Car
The TU Dortmund is close to the interchange Dortmund West between the motorways 40 and 45. On A45 take exit 6 (Dortmund-Eichlinghofen) and follow the road signs towards Universität. After you cross a traffic lighted junction you are on a four-lane road with vegetated center-strip. Here, do not follow the road sign indicating to turn left to Universität, but continue onward and turn left once you reach the end of the road (there is a roadblock here). Directly after the rail bridge you find an entry to a parking space (labeled Einfahrt 35) on the right hand side.
… by Train
The TU Dortmund has a station for the suburban train S 1 (Dortmund Universität). This train commutes between Dortmund Hauptbahnhof and Solingen Hauptbahnhof in intervals of 20 minutes in the daytime. Usually, it is quickest to go to Dortmund Hauptbahnhof via intercity train and change there to the suburban train. From the local station you can either take one of the buses 445 or 462 towards Technologiezentrum or Revierpark to the next stop Meitnerweg, or you take a 15 minute walk to the computer science building.
… by Plane
You can fly to Dortmund Airport (DTM) from various starting points including London, Munich, and Porto. From Dortmund Airport you can take the shutte bus BusAirEx to Dortmund Hauptbahnhof and proceed via the suburban train S 1 to Dortmund Universität. From the local station you can either take one of the bus 445 or 462 towards Technologiezentrum or Revierpark to the next stop Meitnerweg, or you take a 15 minute walk to the computer science building.
Other airports in the region include (in increasing distance from Dortmund) Düsseldorf International, Kön/Bonn, Münster/Osnabrück, and Weeze (Niederrhein).
There a several possibilities for lunch in various distances from the computer science building:
To get to the Mensa building or the Food Fakultät you may also take one of the buses 445 or 462 towards Barop to the station Universität S-Bahnhof.
With the exception of the social dinner, please arrange your own dinner plans. There are a lot of restaurants in the city of Dortmund and near the hotels. We are confident that you will make the right choices among the wide range of offers.
Get impressions of the TU Dortmund by watching its corporate video.
Introduction to the computer science majors from a student's point of view. (Video by Wirtschaftsförderung Dortmund; there is only a German version of the video available, but there is not much speach, anyway.)