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Exchange Students

Exchange students are welcome to study a semester at the Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences! We offer postgraduate programmes in English and postgraduate programmes with the confirmation of your home university!

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At the Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences, we offer an English study program during the winter term. The final course program will be published before the start of the semester.
Within our English program you can accomplish at least 30 Credit Points.

Every winter term we offer the following courses in English:

Visiting Institutions (9 Credit Points)                           

This course aims to provide exchange students with a basic knowledge on the German educational system and on educational and rehabilitation services for people with special needs. Every week the students visit another institution in the area of rehabilitation, early intervention and/ or special needs education/ inclusion to find out more about the above-mentioned aspects and get in contact with the leader of the institution, who are holding the lectures. The students are allowed to try out some activities and gain some practical experience. We cooperate with schools for children with special needs, sheltered workshops, rehabilitation departments etc. 

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Practical experience with assistive devices (3 Credit Points)

In this course the students are working in the “study lab”. Students will get to know some technical devices for people with special needs, so called assistive technologies. At the faculty of rehabilitation sciences students have the opportunity to experience the usage of technical aids themselves. Modern technologies, particularly the computer and information technology offer a variety of options to compensate the challenges of daily life for people with disabilities (for example wheelchairs, programmes for communicative support etc.)
The students elect assistive devices and participate in small exercises.

Self Study Project (6 Credit Points)

Students will have the opportunity to carry out their own study project in the area of education – participation - inclusion. Topic, research question and methodology can be developed by the students themselves. Lectures contain information about literature search, different databases, research standards and citation.

At the end of the semester the students will present and discuss their results.


Disability and Culture(s) (3 Credit Points)

Within this course the students will have the opportunity to develop a critical point of view on the connection the two topics ‘disability’ and ‘culture’.

Disability as a social phenomenon is strongly interconnected with assumptions on humanity and personhood, health and illness, social roles and normality. Support structures such as the family network or social organisations have a strong influence on the lives of persons with disabilities and their families and form the background for active participation and inclusion. In this course the students will deal with different texts on disability and socio-cultural working on the following topics:

·         How do socio-cultural circumstances shape the meaning of disability?

·         Which role do assumptions on personhood, social roles and normality play?

·         What does this mean for our practical work as rehabilitation workers, social workers, teachers or educationalists?


The other courses differ in every study period. The courses in rehabilitation sciences focus on disability and diversity in our society.

If you have at least a German language level of B2 you are allowed to choose courses from our general course liste in German. 

Within the framework of Erasmus, we have reached a range of exchange agreements with European universities. If you are interested in studying here, please contact the international studies coordinator at your own university first. For any further information regarding the different study programmes at the Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences, you are most welcome to contact our International Office which is in charge of international study affairs at the faculty.



For all information about application, deadlines, semester dates and all questions regarding application procedures please have a look to the website of our International Office here.


·         Winter term (October to February/March): May 15th 

o   English Course Program

o   English Course Program ends in December already

o   Students who are participating at Language Courses or general courses from the Faculty’s course list will need to stay until February/March

·         Summer term (April to July/August): November 15th

o   German Classes only (B2 Language Level required)


Application and deadlines:

For all application deadlines, semester dates and all questions regarding application procedures please look at the information of our International Office here.



If you have been selected by your university to study one or two semesters at the TU Dortmund within the framework of ERASMUS, please, apply online via the online application form.

As soon as the International Office has received your application, they will send you an email to inform you that you have been accepted. This email also contains important information including dates, the name of your departmental coordinator and information on registration.

If you have any questions or if you need more information about the application, please consult the website of the Office of International Relations or get in contact via email: erasmus@tu-dortmund.de.

For all questions regarding course contents, duration of your stay you can contact the Office for International affairs at the Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences vie email: international.fk13@tu-dortmund.de.