01. How do I apply for the Master programme?
02. Do you offer online courses?
03. What is the regular period of study?
04. Do you have a Visiting Student Programme?
05. Do you offer scholarships for international students?
06. How can I get in touch with students of the same nationality?
07. Will I have to pay tution fees?
08. How do I have to pay my fees?
09. How can I open up a bank account?
10. When can I enrol?
11. What are the estimated costs of living?
12. How can I get to Bochum university?
13. Where can I find a map of the University?
14. Where can I find out more about the city of Bochum?
15. When does the winter semester start, and when does it end?
16. How can I find suitable accommodation?
17. Can I change accommodation in case that I should not like the room/apartment offered to me?
18. How much will I have to pay for accommodation?
19. Is food included in the monthly rent?
20. How do I get access to the library?
21. How can I get my email address?
22. How can I find a student job?
23. How do I register at the Residents' Registration Office?
24. How can I join sports programmes or social clubs?
25. Is it possible to download lecture notes from the internet?
26. May I ask lecturers after class about some unclear points?
27. When does the examination period start?
28. How many times can I take the same exam?
29. If my grade from the first attempt is better than from the following one, which one will be counted?
30. If I do not attend an exam although I have enroled for it, will that be counted as "not passed"?
31. In case I have registered for an exam and I then realise that I am not properly prepared for it, is it possible to cancel my registration?
32. Is it necessary to have acquired all credit points (90 in total) if I want to register for my Master Thesis?
01. How do I apply for the Master programme?
Please see Application.
The regular period of study is two years (four semesters; two semesters tutorials, one semester practicals and one semester master thesis).
There is the Erasmus Student Programme. For further information see http://international.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/index.html.en
Please see Financial Issues.
Write us an e-mail; we will be glad to forward it to the respective students.
In your first semester, you have to pay your tuition fees upon enrolment. After the first semester, the fees have to be paid within the re-registration period. Usually this period is at the end of the previous semester, it will be announced on time. You can either transfer the fees, pay it in cash at the bank or give the University the permission to debit the money directly from your account.
In order to effect a cash-free transfer of money to pay your rent, health insurance and similar things you must have a personal current account with a bank in Germany. To open up a bank account the following documents will be required: passport, residence permit, letter of acceptance from the University, your address in Germany. We recommend our students to open up a bank account at Sparkasse Bochum which has a subsidiary office at the Uni-Center and by far the most subsidiary offices from all banks in Germany. Of course, you can also choose any other bank like Volksbank, Deutsche Bank, Dresdner Bank etc. as they all offer free student accounts.
Normally, students have to register at the Students Secretary Office (Studierendensekretariat) within the enrolment period announced on the RUB homepage. However, for MOL students the procedure is somewhat different as they will enrol with the course coordinator Dr. Gerhard Schwaab or one of his assistants. After registering you have to pay a social fee of about EUR 300,-. The tuition and the social fee have to be paid by all students (apart from a few exceptions, like, for exampple, scholarship holders) each semester . The social fee is a general fee including contributions for the canteen/cafeterias, student dormitories and the public transport ticket with which you can travel through whole NRW.
The estimated costs of living per month amount to approx. 600,- Euro (including rent, health insurance and expenses for food, books, learning materials and excursions).
The nearest airport to Bochum is Düsseldorf. From there you can get to Bochum Central Station (Bochum Hbf) very easily (cheapest connection: S1/S21). At Bochum Hbf take the subway U35 to "Hustadt" and step off at "Ruhr Universität" (a ride of about 10 minutes).
Much useful information can be found at www.bochum.de
The winter semester starts on 1 October and ends on 31 March the following year. However, your ticket for public transport will also be valid during the semester break. The lecture period begins in mid-October. For more detailed information about important deadlines please go to http://www.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/studierendensekretariat/studium/fristen.html.en.
Please go to the sub-item Accommodation on our website.
You have to pay for your room/apartment up until the date your housing contract expires. You can apply for alternative accommodation at AKAFOE or at a private hostel. However, please keep in mind that there is a long waiting list at the AKAFOE and that you will have to wait up to six months from the date you have applied until you can move in to another apartment. Most dormitories offer semester contracts. Depending on your contract you have to inform the administration of the student house you're living at between one and three months in advance in writing of the cancellation of the contract.
Usually between 180 and 300 Euros per month, depending on the dormitory and the size and the furnishing of the room/apartment.
No, but all dormitories have cooking facilities. Besides, you can take warm meals in the canteen ('Mensa') or snacks from the numerous cafeterias which are usually located on the entrance floors of many campus buildings. The price of a full warm meal ranges between 1.80 and 3.50 Euros (Monday to Friday). In your planning for the week, please keep in mind that in Germany, stores are closed on Sundays.
Your student ID card which from then on you should always carry with you, will be handed out to you upon enrolment. Besides of a few other things like xeroxing, paying for your meals at the canteen etc. this card will also enable you to borrow books from the university main library. In addition, most faculties have their own libraries (some departmental libraries do not lend books, but you can borrow them for xeroxing or read them in the library rooms). Besides, you can also borrow books from the library of the Fachhochschule Bochum (Bochum University of Applied Sciences) which is located very close to the Ruhr-University (take the subway U 35 to "Hustadt" and get out one stop further than Ruhr-Universität).
Upon enrolment, you will receive your personal access code with which you can log in to your RUB e-mail account. Please go to www.rub.de > Services > Mail in order to log in to your e-mail account.
There is the possibility of getting a position in one of the University's Institutes after the first semester, depending on the results shown in the exams. International students can work up to 3 months full time or 6 months half time and there is the possibility of an extra 10 hours per week with the given working permit. Also see Financial Issues
All international students are required to register with the Residents' Registration Office (Einwohnermeldeamt) and apply for the residence permit at the Foreigners' Registration Office (Ausländerbehörde). Students who are required to have a student visa, have to extend the visa issued in their home country (normally valid for three months) into a one year residence permit. FIRST go to Einwohnermeldeamt and THEN go to Ausländerbehörde. Please also see the Visa regulations
The University offers many free sport courses. Ask at 'Asta' for a booklet about the sport courses.
Some of the institutes have displayed lecture notes and tasks for exercising on the internet. Some lecture notes can be bought directly at the institute.
You are invited to ask them about all problems you are facing while you are studying. Since professors are usually very engaged in some projects it would be best to make an appointment with their secretary or try to find the assistants in their office.
There are two examination terms: one after the winter semester and one after the summer semester.
There are four attempts.
The better mark is counted.
If you do not turn up for the exam and you have registered for it, it is counted as one of the attempts.
Yes, it is possible at the latest one week before the exam.
You have to complete the focal point practical and the international course before you can take the Master Thesis.