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Incoming Erasmus Students

1.1  Lectures, academic timetable and application

1.2  Study opportunities at the TU Dortmund (Language courses, classes for international students)


1.1 Lectures, academic timetable and application

 Welcome to the Institute for German Language and Literature at the TU Dortmund. If you’re interested in completing a semester (or two) abroad in Dortmund and you’re studying German Studies, you’ll find the most important information and links on these pages.

Information for Incoming Students

Semester Dates

Summer semester: 1st April to 30th September

Winter semester: 1st October to 31st March

You can view the lecture schedule for the current semester and previous semesters at LSF.

A description of the various modules is available on this website. For questions related to choosing suitable classes, please contact Monika Preuß.

An overview of the exact semester dates and the application deadlines, as well as the application form that you need to fill in after you have been selected by your university can be found on this page.

There are no fixed time periods for exams. Type and time of an examination should be arranged individually with the seminar’s lecturer. A common examination type is to write a paper. In order to do so, it is recommended to stay at least two weeks after the ending of the lecture period in Dortmund. It is not compulsory but, in this way, you can get advice and use the library.

1.2 Contact persons and oppurtunities at TU Dortmund

The International Department is responsible for the various formalities involved with enrolment. In addition, their website offers you numerous tips regarding a diverse range of topics, such as accommodation, lectures for international students, and German language courses, as well as information about which help desks you can visit to get further advice http://www.aaa.tu-dortmund.de/cms/de/Internationale_Studierende/Austauschstudierende/index.html

For all academic matters, the person to contact is the relevant coordinator for the respective faculty. These details are listed here.

In addition, you are also welcome to contact our student assistant to discuss any questions you may have regarding the practical organizational aspects of your study or teaching visit.


The esn (erasmus student network) Dortmund offers a wide range of events and excursions in and around the local area, as well as to more distant German cities, such as Berlin and Dresden, and to various major cities in neighbouring countries, for example, Brussels and Amsterdam. Further information

The student council representatives for the German Studies Department are also available as potential contact people to help you, and you are, of course, welcome at all events organized by the student council, the Institute for German Language and Literature and the university in general. For more details, please see:

Module Handbook


BL1 Basics of Literary Studies: This module comprises a seminar of four hours a week, in which basic approaches to the study of literary texts are presented and practised. Furthermore, different types of literature and their typical characteristics are discussed with the help of relevant examples. The literary texts that are to be read as part of the seminar will form the basis for this. Additionally, there will be an introduction to appropriate working methods and techniques for conducting literature searches.

The Linguistic Studies BS1 module “Basic of Linguistics” consists of two sub-modules.

  • The sub-module BS 1.1 also comprises a seminar of four hours a week. In the seminar, basic approaches to Linguistics are presented and practised. As part of this, basic linguistic terms and definitions related to the different linguistic sub-disciplines are also dealt with.
  • In the sub-module BS 1.2 there are various seminars on offer, which are aimed at deepening students’ knowledge of the basics in a particular domain of Linguistics.

The Literary Studies BL 2 module “Modes of Text and Media Analysis” consists of two sub-modules:

  • In the sub-module BL 2.1, there are various seminars on offer that are related to particular authors, genres or other issues in Literary Studies (e.g. Kafka, Kleist, intercultural literature, humour and comedy, murder mystery stories, myths in literature, etc.).
  • In the sub-module the focus is on a range of topics connected with literature that is aimed at children and young adults, as well as various popular genres (e.g. blogs, picture books, etc.).

The Linguistics Module BS 2 “Linguistic Forms, Functions and Skills” is divided into two sub-modules:

  • In the sub-module BS 2.1, there are seminars related to various topics of grammar (e.g. particles, modal expressions, etc.). The lecture “Basics of Grammar” is based on Functional Grammar.
  • In the sub-module BS 2.2, the focus of attention is on the development of particular language-related acquisition processes in their various forms, for example, the development of literacy, writing abilities and the progression of narrative skills in bilingualism. 

The Literary Studies module “BL 3 Text and Contexts” consists of two sub-modules:

  • In the sub-module BL 3.1, various topics in literary history are handled in relation to a particular genre, phenomenon, author or epoch.
  • In the sub-module BL 3.2, various theoretical approaches are discussed, for example, approaches stemming from narrative, film or image theory.

The module BLS 1 “Language in School and Society” is based on aspects from both Linguistics and Literary Studies. A diverse range of seminars and lectures is offered in this module. These include, for example, seminars on comparative linguistics (comparing German to Turkish/Russian/Arabic, among others). In addition, seminars with a different emphasis are offered, in which didactic and theoretical aspects are combined, especially in relation to the teaching of German as a Foreign Language.

BLS 2 Literary Education and Teaching: Many of the seminars in this module focus on how to present prose, poetry, drama, film and other media in the classroom. Many sessions also deal with the production and editing of texts (e.g. creative writing, critical reviews). In the lecture series “Speaking about Literature”, a different lecturer each week presents suggested teaching methods for handling different text types.

BLS 3 DIF/Heterogeneity: In this module, numerous seminars are offered that deal with multimedial teaching, the promotion of language and reading abilities, language assessment, teaching in multilingual courses, the basic theoretical principles of bi- and multilingualism and with intercultural literature. In many of these seminars, a strong emphasis is placed on the practical application of the topic to everyday teaching practice in schools.


MA Practical Semester: This module accompanies the practical internship that Dortmund students are required to complete as part of their studies and is therefore not relevant for Erasmus students.

MLS 1 The seminars of this module are strongly oriented towards didactical questions.

  • MLS 1.1 Language: There are seminars with a focus on the acquisition of literacy (particularly relevant for future primary school or special needs teachers or for those interested in the underlying theoretical aspects), as well as others with a focus on supporting second language acquisition or on language teaching methodology in general.
  • MLS 1.2 Literature: The seminars in this submodule deal with different aspects related to the teaching of literature, theatre, film and other media and are clearly directed towards the later needs of future teachers. A number of seminars consider how disabled and non-disabled students can learn together cooperatively.

The seminars of the MLS2 module are strongly oriented towards research and serve to aid students in the development of topics for their master theses. . In the research colloquia (also offered in MLS 2.1), specialized texts are read intensively and discussed in detail.

  • MLS 2.1 Language: Various seminars are offered which provide an insight into different research perspectives and methodologies in Linguistics. The main topics covered deal with research on multilingualism, language acquisition and pragmatics.
  • MLS 2.2. Literature: These seminars present different research perspectives in literary science in relation to a particular topic. The topics covered are very diverse.