Financial Issues
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FINANIAL ISSUES

Tuition fee and social fee

Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) does not charge tuition fees. The students must only pay a semester contribution fee of about €300 per semester. This fee includes free use of public transport in North-Rhine Westphalia, and reduced prices for food and beverages in the cafeteria (Mensa) and canteens. For further information visit International Portal.

 

SCHOLARSHIPS

This list is not exhaustive. Details about the scholarships must be enquired from the respective foundations. The institutions such as DAAD or StipendiumPlus also provide an overview of various funding resources.

PROMOS is a scholarship program of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). This program offers scholarships to the students who plan to study, intern or research abroad.

European commission offers financial support to the students who wish to go abroad for 3 to 12 months.

Bayer Science & Education Foundation says: “The Bayer Science & Education Foundation supports students and young professionals that would like to study or work outside of their home country with the Bayer Foundation Fellowship Program, which consists of five scholarships. […] Students and young professionals in the fields of biology, molecular biology, bioengineering, bioinformatics, chemistry, biochemistry, pharmaceuticals and computational life sciences can apply for the Otto Bayer Scholarship.”

Duration: up to 1 year

Das Evangelische Studienwerk says: “Within the framework of the support for Eastern Europe, Evangelisches Studienwerk awards scholarships for studying at German universities of applied sciences and universities.”

Duration: throughout the entire course of studies

Das Evangelische Studienwerk says: “Evangelisches Studienwerk awards scholarships for studying at universities of applied sciences and universities all over Germany.”

Duration: throughout the course of academic study

Evonik Foundation says: “The Evonik Foundation supports mainly students preparing doctoral, diploma and master’s theses.”

Duration: for Master's theses: 6 months, for semester abroad: 6 months

Rosa-Luxemburg Foundation says: “In 1999 the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation’s (RLF) “Studienwerk” (an organisation that provides social, financial and cultural support services to students in Germany) began awarding scholarships to German and foreign students (under graduate and doctorate) who study in Germany.” 

The Heinrich Böll Foundation says: “The Heinrich Böll Foundation grants scholarships to approximately 1,000 undergraduates, graduates, and doctoral students of all subjects and nationalities per year, who are pursuing their degree at universities, universities of applied sciences (‘Fachhochschulen’), or universities of the arts (‘Kunsthochschulen’). We expect our scholarship recipients to have excellent academic records, to be socially and politically engaged, and to have an active interest in the basic values of the foundation: ecology and sustainability, democracy and human rights, self determination and justice.”

Duration: Regular period of study, may be extended by one semester

The Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation says: ”The scholarships are open to young German students, journalists and graduate students as well as to young graduate students from abroad who study in Germany. ”

 Duration: Regular period of study, may be extended by one semester.

The Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation says: “The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung awards scholarships to international master students and graduates in order to enable study and research at universities in Germany.”

Duration: The minimum period is one year and the remaining length of your studies or research in Germany has to be at least two semesters.

 

Student jobs

In order to pay the tuition and the social fee many students work during their studies. Students may get a student assistant position at the university or find a job with an employer outside the university. To find a job outside the university, good German language skills are most often essential. Usually, it is possible to get a position in one of the university's institutes after the first semester; however, this again, depends on one's academic achievements. Student assistants usually work 9 hours per week, earning a monthly income of about €400. Although there are relatively many of these positions available at the university, we cannot guarantee that you will find such a position when you come here. By law, international students are allowed to work up to 3 months full-time or 6 months half-time plus 10 hours per week for student assistant positions within the university.

The ASTA (Students' Union Executive Committee) holds a regularly updated list of student jobs with employers outside the university.

The official job portal of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum also includes many student job announcements.

The RUB Career Service holds a regularly updated list of online job-portals.