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FAQ for students 2021

On this page we collect all questions regarding application, enrollment and all other topics concerning the organization of studies and update the page continuously. If you have any questions, please contact the Central Student Advisory Service by e-mail.

Winterterm 2021/22

Do exams take place in presence or online? (21 October 2021)

The teaching staff determine which examination format they choose for their course. They can choose from various online formats; sufficiently large rooms for face-to-face examinations are also available on campus. The lecturers inform the participants of their courses about all regulations.

Will there be a arrangement for free trials? ( 21 October 2021)

For the winter semester 2021/22 there is no arrangement for free trials. If the state decides otherwise, we will provide information here.

Where do new students find more information? (14 September 2021)

A warm welcome to our international students. Please contact our international office for more information.

International Students

How does RUB verify and document the students’ 3G status? (29 September 2021)

RUB produces forgery-proof vignettes that are stuck to student IDs; they provide proof of either vaccination or of recovery; proofs of recovery must be valid until 31.3.2022.

Proofs of vaccination or of recovery are verified at the RUB’s decentralised dean’s offices. They also provide information on when and where students must present proof of their 3G status.

The dean’s offices are supplied with vignettes that will be attached to student IDs to document their vaccination status. The vaccination status for the entire semester is thus verified.

In addition, RUB will set up a centralised office in charge of attaching the vignettes. It is placed in front of the central library and it is open from Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm till 15 october.

Test centre (4 October 2021)

The test center at the RUB is closed.

Test center in Bochum

Why does RUB have to check the students’ 3G status (Covid-19 recovery, vaccination or negative test)? (29 September 2021)

According to §4 of the NRW Corona Protection Ordinance, as amended on 15 september, only persons who have a proven 3G status (Covid-19 recovery, vaccination or negative test) will be allowed to attend in-person courses at RUB in the winter semester 2021/22. The lecturers or persons appointed by them will be in charge of the checks (§4 sec. 5 CornonaSchVO).

Will there be any in-person courses in the winter semester and how will they be organised? (29 September 2021)

RUB will return to classroom lectures in the winter semester 2021/22. As a rule, courses will be held in person. Lectures attended by many students that focus on knowledge transfer and joint events with foreign partner universities (virtual exchange) will continue to be taught online.

For in-person courses, the so-called 3G status of all participants must be ensured. This means students can only attend if they present a Covid vaccination certificate, a certificate of recovery or a valid test certificate (rapid antigen test or “Bürgertest”, not older than 48 hours) before the start of the course.

Does RUB verify the 3G status of its teaching staff, too? (29 September 2021)

Yes. According to §4 of the NRW Corona Protection Ordinance, as amended on 15.9., only persons who have a proven 3G status (Covid-19 recovery, vaccination or negative test) will be allowed to attend in-person courses at RUB in the winter semester 2021/22. Members of the teaching staff are checked by dean’s offices at their faculties.

How long will the regulations regarding the 3G status remain in force? (29 september 2021)

The regulations will be in force for the entire winter semester 2021/22.

How can students who are neither vaccinated nor have recovered from Covid-19 attend their courses? (29 september 2021)

Students who are neither vaccinated nor have recovered from Covid-19 must present the negative result of a current (not older than 48 hours) Covid-19 test, the so-called Bürgertest (“citizens’ test”). Self-test results won’t be accepted.

Bürgertests will remain free of charge until 11 October 2021; after this date, people will have to pay for the tests.

What happens if students refuse to present proof of their 3G status? (29 september 2021)

Students who don’t present the required proof won’t be able to attend any courses.

Does this mean masks will no longer be mandatory inside the buildings? (29 september 2021)

No. Masks remain mandatory inside all RUB buildings.

Lecturers can decide that masks are not mandatory in their courses if such courses are held in rooms where the minimum distance of 1.5 metres can be maintained.

Are masks mandatory in courses (lectures, seminars...)? (29 september 2021)

Course participants must wear masks in courses where the minimum distance of 1.5 metres can’t be maintained.

For whom will the Bürgertest (“citizens’ test”) remain free of charge? (29 september 2021)

The Bürgertest will remain free of charge (until 31.12.2021) for pregnant women, chronically ill patients who have a certificate proving that they can’t be vaccinated, and international students, academics and researchers who received a vaccine that is not approved in Germany.

Where do international students go for assistance? (29 september 2021)

The International Office provides vignettes to exchange students and degree-seeking students, both at scheduled events and upon request. You can also contact the International Office via email if you didn’t get your Covid-19 vaccination in Germany.

More information for international students

Being on campus - rules for students

General information

Will the summer semester 2021 count towards the standard period of study? (26 May 2021)

No. The summer semester 2021 will not count towards the individual standard period of study of RUB students, unless students make use of the option of taking a leave of absence.

Will students in summer term 2021 be granted an additional failed attempt at module final examinations? (24 March 2021)

Yes, the rectorate has decided to reintroduce the blanket provision of an additional examination attempt for failed final module examinations.

Re-Registration

How can I check if my re-registration has been completed? (14 September 2021)

Please check whether you can print out a certificate of enrolment (“Studienbescheinigung”) for the relevant semester via eCampus. If so, everything’s fine.

If not, please read the question “Why wasn’t my rematriculation approved?”

What are the possible reasons that my re-registration is not completed despite payment? (14 September 2021)

If you are not yet re-registrated, there may be various reasons:

You have not yet paid your social insurance contribution, including late fees, or the money has not yet been credited to the RUB account.

Please note that, depending on your bank, it may take several days before the money is credited to the RUB account. A rapid transfer or online bank transfer doesn’t necessarily speed up the process. Therefore, please transfer your social insurance contribution in good time before 30 September 2020.

If you still can’t retrieve the certificate of enrolment (“Studienbescheinigung”) via eCampus after one week, please check your bank statement and contact the Registrar’s Office for verification by phone or email.

Our records state that you can’t re-registrated at present, which can have various reasons:

  • You have successfully completed your degree course after your last exam. If this is the case, you can no longer rematriculate for this course and you must exmatriculate or change your course.
  • You have definitively failed your degree and must either exmatriculate or change your course.
  • There is a problem with your health insurance status.
  • There are other reasons at the faculty, which you need to discuss.

As there may be other reasons, please contact the Registrar’s Office.

Enrolment

How do I enrol in courses with non-restricted admission? (14 September 2021)

Please note: All non-EU-citizen must apply for all study programs at Ruhr-Universität.

More information on the deadlines is available on this page under “Bewerbungsfristen” (application deadlines).

After enroling online you will receive a control sheet and your enrolment number.

With this number and your date of birth, you can log in to the Infoportal Enrolment, upload the required documents, approve the enrolment application and track the status of your enrolment.

You will receive the link to the Infoportal Enrolment with the confirmation e-mail after your online enrolment.

After you’ve been enrolled, you will receive all further information regarding payment of the social insurance contribution, use of the online services by email.

Due to the current situation, it may take some time to process your application. In the meantime, please don’t send in any further inquiries. We will process all inquiries as soon as possible.

How do I enrol in courses with restricted admission? (14 September 2021)

You have applied online for your desired degree programme. After you’ve been admitted, accept your admission via the information portal admission (Infoportal Zulassung)

INFORMATION PORTAL ADMISSION

Then, use the online enrolment system in the admission information portal and complete your information.

After enroling online you will receive a control sheet and your enrolment number.

With this number and your date of birth, you can log in to the Infoportal Enrolment, upload the required documents, approve the enrolment application and track the status of your enrolment.

You will receive the link to the Infoportal Enrolment with the confirmation e-mail after your online

After you’ve been enrolled, you will receive all further information regarding payment of the social insurance contribution, use of the online services by email.

For further information, please refer to your letter of admission/control sheet (“Zulassungsbescheid”), which also contains all important deadlines.

If you have any queries regarding application or deadlines, please contact the admission office by e-mail.

Due to the current situation, it may take some time to process your application. In the meantime, please don’t send in any further inquiries. We will process all inquiries as soon as possible.

Exmatriculation

How do I exmatriculate? (14 September 2021)

The relevant form is available in PDF format.

Please send the completed and signed form, if possible from your Ruhr-Universität email address, to Students´ Registration Office stating your matriculation number (“Matrikelnummer”).

Please submit your request by email using a distinctive email address (which includes your name) asking for the certificate of exmatriculation (“Exmatrikulationsbescheinigung”) to Students´Registration office please state the following: your matriculation number(s) (“Matrikelnummer”) (if possible), last name, first name(s) (birth name, if applicable) and date of birth.

Exmatriculation

Student ID

I have lost my student ID, how do I get a new one? (14 September 2021)

Please send an email from your Ruhr-Universität email address to Students´Registration Office and report the loss.

Please attach a scanned passport photo and proof of payment of the 15 € fee for the replacement (stating your matriculation number/”Matrikelnummer”). Information on payment details can be found here.

Please also indicate in the email to which postal address the new ID card should be sent.

Our staff will then generate a new ID and send it to you by post. Please note that it currently takes a few days to process your request.

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