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Prof. Dr. Roland Fried
Foreign Student Advisor

M.Sc. Sermad Abbas
Office hours: By appointment


Before you start your studies in Dortmund, we recommend that you have all of the following Qualifications:


Generally, everyone is entitled to studying at a higher education level in Germany - as long as you have the necessary qualifications. For example, you must have the equivalent of being approved at a german university, as well as proof of financial support to support your studies. Furthermore, you have to show that you have a sufficient knowledge of German language. This is necessary, as practically all the lectures and classes are held in German, and all exams must be done in German (excluding possible final papers for those on the Diplom). An adequate level of german knowledge is deemed as the completion of a german course of Level 2 of the Goethe-Institute, or passing a speaking exam for international students at university level (DSH). School-leaving qualifications from a german speaking school abroad are also valid.


The Office of International Relations (AAA) provide on their website detailed information about the general requirements needed so as to undertake a study period in Dortmund. You can also download necessary registration application form (in pdf format).

The Students' Office (Studierendensekretariat) at TU-Dortmund is concerned with your registration, and provides information on current deadlines.


To study Data Analysis and Data Management and Statistics at Bachelor level, you need a higher education entrance certificate, a relevant subject higher education entrance qualification and/or a similar certificate.

If you want to undertake the Diplom Statistik* (which is currently being phased out), one must have a successful pass at 'Abitur', or something at a similar level.

Requirement for entry will be checked individually. Statistics courses start at the beginning of the Winter semester.


To study a Masters Course in Data Sciences and Statistics, you must have a Bachelors certificate in a relevant course; particularly relevant are Bachelors courses in Data Analysis and Data Management, Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Sciences or Business Mathematics. Whatever the case, recognition of previously obtained qualifications is required for admission to a Masters course; the Examinations Office of the Statistics Faculty is responsible for this recognition. A Masters study can start in either the winter or the summer semester.


*In North Rhine-Westphalia, from 2007 all courses will be offered in the 'two-stage' study structure (6 Semesters Bachelor, 4 Semesters Master). This means new enrollments in the Diplom course are no longer possible. You can ask the Examination Office if you can change to a higher semester from another course of study.