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Information for New Students

Compulsory Self-Test of the Department of Physics

Participation in a mathematical online self-test is a compulsory enrollment requirement for the bachelor's degree programs in physics and medical physics, but it is also recommended for all physics teacher training students. The test is for your orientation only and does not have to be "passed". Only participation in the test is an enrollment requirement. The test is intended to provide newcomers with an indication of the extent to which it is advisable to work through mathematical content before the start of the course. The Departments of Physics and Mathematics offer preparatory courses in the weeks before the beginning of the lecture period, which we present to you here.


Mathematical Refresher Course in the Department of Physics

If the self-test revealed major uncertainties, you should take our one-week mathematical refresher course to practice mathematical techniques before the actual preliminary course. This takes place 3 weeks before the start of the respective winter semester. A registration option and further information can be found on the refresher course page.

Mathematical Pre-Course of the Department of Physics

If you know how to solve most of the tasks in the self-test, you will be well equipped to take part in the preliminary mathematics course at the Department of Physics. This takes place in the two weeks before the start of the winter semester and participation is recommended to all students in the first semester at the Department of Physics. On the page of the pre-course there is the possibility to register and the organization of the course takes place.

Pre-course of the Department of Mathematics

The Department of Mathematics also offers a three-week preliminary course with lectures (2 hours a day) and exercises (2 hours a day). For those who are taking this course, attending the refresher course at the Department of Physics will no longer make sense. Workplaces in the physics building are available in the foyer as well as in the student work area P1-O4-315 on the 4th floor for joint or individual calculation of the exercise sheets for this preliminary course

Schedule for the mathematical preliminary courses

6.9.-10.9.     Pre-course mathematics
13.9.-17.9.     Pre-course mathematics
20.9.-24.9.   Refresher course physics Pre-course mathematics
27.9.-1.10. Pre-course physics    
4.10.-7.10. Pre-course physics    
11.10. Start of semester      

Online bridge-course

A very good repetition of school mathematics is offered by the free online bridge-course in mathematics developed at several universities and technical colleges with the support of the Conference of the Department of Physics in Germany:
There you can work through chapters, test your understanding with sample exercises and ask questions to the online community or trained tutors. Working through the bridge course is a good preparation for the mathematics pre-courses at university. However, since the scope of the material is not the same, the bridge course is not a substitute for the preliminary course.

The start of your studies

You can find information about the content of your first year of study on the pages for the respective degree programmes, i.e. Bachelor of Physics, Bachelor of Medical Physics and Physics Teacher Training. On the page the first two semesters you will find information about organisational aspects of your studies.


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The campus of the Technical University of Dortmund is located near the freeway junction Dortmund West, where the Sauerland line A45 crosses the Ruhr expressway B1/A40. The Dortmund-Eichlinghofen exit on the A45 leads to the South Campus, the Dortmund-Dorstfeld exit on the A40 leads to the North Campus. The university is signposted at both exits.

The "Dortmund Universität" S-Bahn station is located directly on the North Campus. From there, the S-Bahn line S1 runs every 20 or 30 minutes to Dortmund main station and in the opposite direction to Düsseldorf main station via Bochum, Essen and Duisburg. In addition, the university can be reached by bus lines 445, 447 and 462. Timetable information can be found on the homepage of the Rhine-Ruhr transport association, and DSW21 also offer an interactive route network map.



One of the landmarks of the TU Dortmund is the H-Bahn. Line 1 runs every 10 minutes between Dortmund Eichlinghofen and the Technology Center via Campus South and Dortmund University S, while Line 2 commutes every 5 minutes between Campus North and Campus South. It covers this distance in two minutes.



From Dortmund Airport, it takes just over 20 minutes to get to Dortmund Central Station by AirportExpress and from there to the university by S-Bahn. A wider range of international flight connections is offered by Düsseldorf Airport, about 60 kilometers away, which can be reached directly by S-Bahn from the university's train station.

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The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

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