Frequently Asked Questions

Studies

In which languages are lectures and other course activities conducted?
How long does it take to complete a Masters?
Will my study schedule be fixed?
Is there an introductury couse before the studies start?

Requirements

How well do I have to speek the German language?
Do I have to prove competency in English language skills?

Application

How do I apply for ECUE Studies?
Who certifies and translates the relevant documents for my application?
When do I know I have been accepted or not?
I have not yet received my undergraduate certificate (e.g. Bachelor degree). Can I still apply?

Deadlines

When do applications close?
When do studies and lectures start?
When and how do I enrol?

Financial Matters

How much does it cost to study the ECUE Program?
What is the social contribution (Sozialbeitrag)?
Am I able to work during my studies?
Are scholarships or study grants available for ECUE students?

Formalities

Do I need health insurance cover in Germany?
What should I do when I arrive in Bochum?
Can I get assistance in dealing with formalities and local authorities?


 

Studies

In which languages are lectures and other course activities conducted?
Lectures and associated course activities will generally be conducted in German. There are also two up to four obligatory seminars held in English. It is possible to elect further courses in English. Most of the subject-related literature is in English. Additionally, you are allowed to take exams in English.

How long does it take to complete a Masters?
The required study term for a Masters is four semesters – in all two years. Length of study time will be extended where students are planning to undertake a semester overseas/abroad or a period of practical work experience (Praktika).

Will my study schedule be fixed?
The ECUE study plan is a mixture of compulsory lectures and of free selectable lectures.

Is there an introductury course before the studies start?
Yes. Before the general courses start there will take place an introductury course lasting several days. Here you will gain all necessary information about your studies.

Requirements

How well do I have to speek the German language?
You must have very good German language skills if you wish to apply for ECUE Master Studies program. Accepted skill certification and confirmation can be obtained by passing an official German language test (the Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH) or the TestDaF).

Do I have to prove competency in English language skills?
Yes, in addition to German you must also be able to demonstrate English language competency (for example: TOEFL paper based 567 points/ TOEFL computer based 227 points/ TOEFL internet based from 87 points). Some lectures are conducted in English, and in addition to this, preparatory work for seminars conducted in German will often include literature written in English.

Application

How do I apply for ECUE Studies?

Applicants who completed the BA Degree not at a German university: see the Online Application of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Applicants who completed the BA Degree at a German university: please forward your application per post to the following address: Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Studiengang ECUE, z.Hd. Marcus Reinecke, GA 1/ 143, 44780 Bochum. It is recommended that you send your application as one package. Should you need to send additional information later, please make this very clear in your original application.

Who certifies and translates the relevant documents for my application?
If your certificates or confirmations are not written in German or English you must have your original documents translated by a professional translating service or translator. Please do not send originals of certificates or confirmations but copies. However, copies of documents which are not certified will not be accepted. Copies of original documents can be certified for example by German embassies, certain public service officials and Ministerial offices, or relevant officials at your home university or other relevant home country public institutions. For German higher education institutions, the Allgemeiner Studierenden Ausschuss(AstA) may also certify documents.

When do I know I have been accepted or not?
Confirmation of your application’s lodgement will generally occur by email. Approximately between two and four weeks after the final application date you will receive notification via email of your acceptance. You will also receive confirmation of your acceptance for ECUE studies by post. In case of an international application you will receive the notification through the Online-Portal. Please understand that no advice about the status of your application can be provided to you before the end of the application period.

I have not yet received my undergraduate certificate (e.g. Bachelor degree). Can I still apply?
Yes. However, you must provide a certified copy of the original degree certificate as soon as possible (latest to the time of registration until middle of October). Only in exceptional cases a certificate from your home university confirming your successful completion of undergraduate studies will be acceptable (for example: interim results, confirmation of submission of relevant theses or documents).

Deadlines

When do applications close?
Applications close on 15th July each year. If you are applying from overseas/abroad you will have to take into account the longer lead time required to meet all required formalities including applying for and obtaining visas etc..

When do studies and lectures start?
Generally, studies of ECUE begin in the winter semester. It is not possible to start any studies in the summer semester. Lectures for the winter semester begin in the middle of October. The schedule of the current and further relevant dates are listet on the website of the Student Service.

How and how do I enrol?
The enrolement of the ECUE students take place during the official dates. You will receive information from the ECUE office concerning the enrolment via post or email.

Financial Matters

How much does it cost to study the ECUE Program?
Each enrolled student must pay a social contribution (Sozialbeitrag) in the amount of approximately EUR 260 each semester. These costs are additional to general monthly living expenses realistically estimated at around EUR 600 per month depending on individual living standards.

What is the social contribution (Sozialbeitrag)?
The social contribution (Sozialbeitrag) must be paid by every student attending the Ruhr University Bochum. Your contribution supports the Allgemeiner Studierenden Ausschuss (AstA) and the Student Support Services (Akademische Förderungswerk - AKAFÖ) which provides services including cafeterias and student residences. In addition to this the social contribution includes the Semester-Ticket which provides free economy class travel on local and regional public transport through North Rhine-Westfalia [note: this does not include travel on Euro-City (EC), Inter-City ( IC) or Inter-City Express (ICE) train services]. Each semester the amount of the social contribution varies slightly.

Am I able to work during my studies?
Generally speaking, it is possible to work whilst you are studying. However, please note that due to the intensive and comprehensive scope of the study program there may not be much time available for you to undertake paid work. Furthermore, non-EU students are restricted to a maximum of 90 paid working days per annum.

Are scholarships or study grants available for ECUE students?
Unfortunately, at this time, it is not possible to provide ECUE scholarships or study grants. But there are scholarships programs at the Ruhr-University Bochum (see here). You can obtain more information on this topic through the website of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum or (Deutschen Akademischen Austauschdienst (DAAD) [German Academic Exchange Service] or other organisations offering scholarships.

Formalities

Do I need health insurance cover in Germany?
Yes. If you wish to study in Germany it is required to have health insurance cover (Krankenversicherung). Usually, the monthly amount is EUR 55. If you are a citizen of a country with which Germany has a current social security agreement, any health insurance arrangements you have in your country of origin will also apply to you while you are in Germany. However, if this is the case, you must register your existing health insurance arrangements at the compulsory health insurance (e.g. AOK, TK, BEK, ...).

What should I do when I arrive in Bochum?

  • Please visit the ECUE Student Office. We very much look forward to meeting you in person.
  • You must register as a new resident at the Stadt Bochum, the local government authority for Bochum. This is required under German law.
  • You should open a personal bank account as soon as possible. Most banks offer fee-free accounts for students. However, there are significant differences between individual bank offers. An EC Card (electronic cash/ATM card) may either be included oradditional charge has to be paid. It is highly recommended that you obtain all relevant information and conditions from any banks or financial institutions you may be considering.
  • For international students, visas issued in your country of origin will generally only be valid for three months. If you require an extension of your visa, you must go to the Stadt Bochum (local government authority) to extend it before the date of expiry.


Can I get assistance in dealing with formalities and local authorities?
Of course, the ECUE Student Office will provide every assistance possible should you have any questions or problems. In addition, your student buddy – a student from an advanced semester – can assist you in dealing with authorities and any questions you might have at the start of your studies. This Buddy Program aims to make it easier for international students to settle in ECUE studies, the study program itself and your time in Bochum.