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Bochum

Ruhr-Universität Bochum

All classes are taught in German. A three-week intensive German class is available before the semester begins. Ruhr-Universität Bochum is on its way to becoming one of the leading European universities of the 21st century.  The University is located in Bochum, Germany which has a population of some 400,000 inhabitants. Bochum is situated in one of the most densely populated areas of Europe. 5 million people live in the region, known as the Ruhr Area, named after a river that connects the cities. It is a vivid city with many cultural and sportive activities, complemented by the large student population.

Number of MAUI/AEN students you can accept during 2014/15

6 semesters

Contact person for incoming students Magdalena Bichmann
International Office
Universitätsstrasse 150
44801 Bochum
Germany
+49-234-32 27248
+49-234-32 14684
magdalena.bichmann@uv.rub.de
Contact person for outgoing students Uta Baier
International Office
Universitätsstrasse 150
44801 Bochum
Germany
+49-234-32 29814
+49-234-32 14684
uta.baier@uv.rub.de
General University Website www.rub.de
International Office/Website for Incoming Students http://international.rub.de/gaststudis/index.html.en
Areas of study open to undergraduate exchange students

All areas of study open for exchange students. List of degree programs:

http://studienangebot.rub.de/en

Open undergraduate areas of study taught in English
English
Are graduate areas open for exchange? Yes
Areas of study open to graduate exchange students

Most areas of study open for exchange students. List of degree programs:

http://studienangebot.rub.de/en

Only on special request, depending on each case:
• MA Human Rights
• MA Humanitarian Assistance
• MA Development Management
• MA European Culture and Economy
• Psychology

Open graduate areas of study taught in English

Several graduate programs are entirely taught in English:

http://studienangebot.rub.de/en/overview?field_sg_abschluss_value[2]=2

Can advanced undergraduate exchange students take graduate level courses? Yes, however, depending on each case.
Can graduate students take undergraduate level courses? Yes, however, depending on each case.
Areas of study restricted to prior bilateral agreements between exchange departments or faculties None
Areas of study not available to MAUI/AEN students Only on special request, depending on each case:
• MA Human Rights
• MA Humanitarian Assistance
• MA Development Management
• MA European Culture and Economy
• Psychology
Websites for course offerings http://www.uv.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/pvz-planung/vvz.htm (German)
http://international.rub.de/rubiss/angebote/vvz.html.en (in English)
Are summer courses available as exchange (non fee-paying)? No
Orientation session(s) for incoming students Yes, however not mandatory:
http://international.rub.de/gaststudis/okurs.html.en
Academic Calendar Winter semester: October 1 to March 31
Summer semester: April 1 to September 30
Lecture period winter semester 2014/15: October 6, 2014 to February 6, 2015
Lecture period summer semester 2015: April 7, 2015 to July 17, 2015
Examination period(s) Depending on the departments, no general examination period
If there is a break between the academic course calendar and exams, can arrangements be made so the student may take exams early? Yes, depending on each case
Application deadline for each term June 15 for the winter semester and the entire academic year
December 15 for the summer semester
Application website http://international.rub.de/gaststudis/gastbewerber.html.en
How does the application and admissions process differ for undergraduates versus graduates? No difference
Course registration deadline Depending on each department
Do students register for classes in advance or upon arrival? In advance
Are prior arrangements needed to secure a visa before arrival in country? Yes, depending on the nationality of the student.
http://international.rub.de/gaststudis/ankunft/rechtliches.html.en
Language Requirements Recommended languages skills: German B1 (intermediate). No requirements for English speaking students (mother tongue), if courses selected are taught in English
Language test certificate required? Depending on the department
Preparatory language course for incoming students? Yes, http://international.rub.de/gaststudis/okurs.html.en
Are there any special advising or registrations concerns that students should be aware of? Are services available to assist in registration or course selection? Yes, depending on each department: http://international.rub.de/gaststudis/index.html.en
Required minimum and maximum number of credits available through the exchange No
Is housing assistance available? How do students apply, and is it guaranteed? Yes, http://international.rub.de/gaststudis/accommodation/index.html.en
Housing options http://international.rub.de/gaststudis/accommodation/index.html.en
Housing Website and Contact Person(s) International Office
Magdalena Bichmann
magdalena.bichmann@uv.rub.de
+49-234-32 27248
Do students apply for housing with their regular application or is it separate? Yes, with their regular application: http://international.rub.de/gaststudis/accommodation/index.html.en
Is housing available between breaks in the term? Yes, students can stay as long as they want to. It doesn't depend on any breaks, public holidays, etc.
Is there a campus meal plan? No, but several cafeterias and dining halls, where students can have breakfast and lunch.
Total cost estimates per month in Euro
(broken down below)
Approx. 700 € per month
-Housing 300 € per month
-Meals 2-4 € for a lunch at one of RUB's cafeterias or dining halls
-Books 35-50 € per month
-Local Transportation About 260 € for the entire semester (6 months) for the whole state of North Rhine Westphalia
-Health Insurance 75 € per month
-Other Social Service Contribution Fee for all students: about 260 € for one semester including public transportation in the entire state of North Rhine Westphalia (see above)
Is comparable health insurance coverage from abroad allowed/not allowed? Yes, depending on the coverage
Are health facilities available at the university? Several doctor’s offices nearby in the Uni Center.
Are internships available? Yes; individual arrangements are possible
Are student jobs available/allowed? Yes; exchange students are usually allowed to work 120 days per year full-time or 240 days per year part-time (without a work permit). They may find student jobs at the university. They can also consult the local job center.
Last update of this information November 2013