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Geographical situation of Dortmund

Dortmund is located at the centre of Germany's largest federal state North-Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). It lies at the eastern end of the Rhein-Ruhr region, one of the largest conurbations in Europe, but is surrounded by more rural green belt areas to the north, east and south of the city. The former “steel city” has developed into a modern and cosmopolitan metropolis, and acquired a well deserved reputation across Europe as a location for innovative technological development. Dortmund boasts a booming software industry and is in the immediate vicinity of major centres of the chemical and biochemical industries, which offer extensive opportunities for both internships and part-time work. The university is adjacent to a large technology park hosting both start-ups and established companies in the IT, automation, microsystems engineering, logistics and biotechnology sectors.

Although it is the largest city in the industrial Ruhr region Dortmund is also endowed with extensive parks and woodlands, providing a pleasant and affordable environment with a wide range of cultural, sporting and other recreational possibilities. The  Signal-Iduna-Park , home to the six-time German football champions Borussia Dortmund, is one of the most modern stadiums of the Bundesliga (the German premier league) with a capacity of 80,000 spectators, and was voted the best stadium in the world by the British "Times" in August 2009. Attending a home match on Saturday afternoon and seeing the massed 'yellow wall' of Borussia fans on the southern terraces doing a Mexican wave is guaranteed to bring out the soccer fan in anybody.

The region has an excellent public transport network. Your student season ticket is valid throughout the entire state of NRW enabling you to travel at will to such cities as Aachen (Aix-la-Chapelle),  Koeln (Cologne), Muenster or Duesseldorf.  Dortmund station offers fast and frequent intercity rail connections to all major German cities and the local airport serves a variety of European destinations.

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Kirsten Lindner-Schwentick
Koordinatorin für Lehre und Studium