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International Profile

Ruhr Universität Bochum (RUB) considers itself to be a member of the global community of universities. University activities are not affected by international boundaries, background and culture. We bring people together from across the entire world to achieve outstanding performance.

Consistent internationalisation is the focus of our future strategy “Research Campus RUB”. RUB is on its way towards becoming one of the top European universities and is therefore further extending and improving its successful research and teaching concepts. RUB’s early career researchers will be involved in international research collaborations at an early stage. On the other hand, we are also involving international researchers and guests in the international events at RUB which extend beyond their area of expertise. 

International Campus

People from 130 countries are currently studying or carrying out research on campus. More than 4000 of these are international exchange students, approx. 500 are international PhD students and several hundred are international researchers. About 500 foreign students spend time at RUB each year and just as many RUB students complete parts of their degree abroad. 

International Teaching

German and international students are constantly in contact with current research topics throughout numerous international degree programmes, some of which are taught in English.
15 degree programmes also offer double degrees with partner universities. Two entire RUB master’s degree programmes can even be completed abroad. These are Development Management in South Africa and Computational Engineering in Vietnam. RUB supports study periods or internships abroad just like it enables contact to foreign students and researchers on campus. Furthermore, RUBiss (RUB international student services) offers German and international students support related to their studies and organises numerous social events.

International Research

Research at RUB is internationally linked and geared towards internationalisation, for example in the research departments across the faculties. PhD students from across the world are carrying out top level research in several Graduate Schools with support from the Research School on campus. Young researchers are working on interdisciplinary matters in international teams, for example in the Mercator Research Groups. The Welcome Centre also offers international researchers intensive support during their stay at RUB and when preparing for this. 

Internationally Linked

RUB is a member of the Utrecht Network and further international university networks in the areas of research and teaching. It signed collaboration agreements with numerous prestigious partner universities and these collaborations are put into practice by way of the active exchange programmes and various projects which are taking place for students and researchers. RUB is also running liaison offices in New York and Rio de Janeiro with its neighbouring universities Dortmund and Duisburg-Essen as part of the University Alliance Ruhr (UA Ruhr).

International Standards

The General Meeting of the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) adopted a National Code of Conduct for German Universities Regarding International Students in November 2009. The Code of Conducts aims at ensuring resp. optimising the support and advice international students receive at German universities. It defines quality standards for international students at German universities and thereby establishes, for the first time, a set of common minimum standards in the fields of information and marketing, admissions, supervision, support and advice, plus follow-up services, on which international university applicants and students can rely.
Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) joined the Code of Conduct for German Universities Regarding International Students in February 2010. It has long fulfilled most of the stipulated quality standards, and it continuously strives to optimise its services for foreign students. Its guiding principle is to grant international students, wherever possible, the same rights as German and other EU students with equal legal status; and to provide support to all international students, which those students particularly require in order to find their way living in a foreign country and studying at a foreign university.
If you have any suggestions, commendations or criticism regarding the compliance with resp. implementation of the Code of Conduct, we are looking forward to your message, either to referee@rub.de or specifically to one of the two advisors named under "Contact".