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Questions and answers for international students

Ruhr-Universität Bochum is a home for international students from all over the world. Here you find all information for this group of students. If you have questions, please contact our International Office.

I have an admission, what are the next steps?

How do I enrol if I have received an admission? (as of 6 July 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).

Infoportal 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 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.

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 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.

Do I have to travel to Bochum to study? (as of 6 July 2021)

As the winter semester 2021/22 will mainly take place in presence, entry is necessary.

Information about the winter term 2021/22

Which prerequisites apply for entering Germany? (as of 6 July 2021)

To gain entry into Germany you will need:

  • a letter of admission or enrollment certificate
  • an entry visa, if necessary

The German Embassy requires a certificate of attendance (Präsenzbescheinigung). Where do I get this?

  • Since the winter semester 2021/22 at the RUB is again planned in attendance, no extra certificate of attendance is required.
  • However, if the embassy still asks you for it, please contact us.

Which entry requirements apply to me? (as of 3 August 2021)

The Robert Koch Institute has divided all countries into different categories: Virus variant areas, areas of high incidence, risk areas and all other areas. Depending on which country you are entering from, different regulations apply. Therefore, it is important to find out which category the country you are entering from belongs to before traveling to Germany.

In general: Proof of vaccination and proof of recovery from a Corona infection (not older than six months) replace a negative test result!

Virus variant areas

  • Currently there is a transport ban for travelers from virus variant areas.
  • Entry is possible if you already have a valid German residence title and a German residence.

Areas of high incidence

  • Vaccinated/ recovered persons:

  • Unvaccinated persons:
    • Digital pre-entry registration at www.einreiseanmeldung.de
    • negative test proof obligatory
    • 10-day quarantine (can be shortened after 5 days by negative test)

All other areas

  • An overview of the countries can be found here.
  • Vaccinated/ recovered persons:
    • no test proof or digital registration necessary
    • no quarantine
  • Unvaccinated persons:
    • negative test result mandatory for any means of transport (plane, train, car, etc.)
    • no digital entry registration necessary
    • no quarantine

You will automatically receive updated information regarding Corona via SMS upon entry starting from 1st March 2021, which can also be found on the homepage of the Federal Ministry of Health (limited information provided in English).

Detailed information on entering the Federal Republic of Germany can be found on the following websites:

What should I definitely not forget to bring? (as of 6 July 2021)

Important documents you should bring with you:

  • Passport/ID card
  • Visa and proof of finance (if necessary)
  • Letter of admission/enrolment certificate
  • Housing information and rental agreement
  • Health insurance card/travel insurance certificate
  • Certified copies of important documents


  • Medication
  • Cash (approx. €300 for the first two weeks)
  • 220 volt adapter

I am registered and have entered Germany/Bochum. What are the next steps?

Do I have to be in quarantine? (as of 5 August 2021)

Depending on which country you entered from, different regulations apply. Therefore, it is important to inform yourself of the regulation before traveling to Germany and prepare accordingly. Read the information under "Which entry regulations apply to me?" to learn more about the country categories.

In general: Proof of vaccination and proof of a recovered Corona infection (not older than 6 months) replace a negative test result!

Areas of high incidence

  • 10-day quarantine obligation
  • Shortening possible after 5 days with a negative test

Virus variant areas

  • 14-day quarantine necessary after entry: Shortening not possible!

Please note the following:

  • Quarantine begins on the day of entry and lasts up to 14 days.
  • The period of domestic quarantine is to be spent in your own accommodation.
  • You are not allowed to leave your apartment/room without the consent of German health authorities. This also applies to communal areas in shared student housing.
  • You are not allowed to receive visitors from outside your own household and are not allowed to let anyone into your room/apartment.
  • If you live with other people, stay in different rooms and do not share items such as dishes or towels.

How do I get through the quarantine? (as of 6 July 2021)


  • Plan your arrival so that you can move directly into your room

    • Plan the handover of keys early!

    • It is best to arrive during the week, as keys cannot be picked up from the janitors on the weekend! (AKAFÖ)

  • If necessary, provide for the first days in quarantine
    • Bedding, food, cash
    • For assistance please contact rubiss@rub.de


  • For assistance with grocery shopping, you can contact the Bochumer Ehrenamtsagentur : +49 (0) 234 6105 77 80, Mo - Fr from 10 am – 4 pm. The agency will put you in contact with a volunteer who will buy your groceries and daily necessities. You must pay for the groceries in advance, the service is free of charge. (Website in German)
  • Prepared food can be ordered e.g. via Lieferando or directly from some restaurants or diners (check the websites of the restaurants in your area!)
  • Beverages can be ordered online via Flaschenpost (Website in German)
  • Some supermarkets in Bochum also deliver groceries to your door

Internet access

  • In AKAFÖ student housing you will have internet access, but not to the WiFi network eduroam, which is only available on campus. Please visit this website, here you will find instructions to access the internet in AKAFÖ student housing. If you do not have a RUB login ID, you can contact us to get a temporary account to access the WiFi network.
    • Exchange students: Follow the instructions given to you by your contact person at the International Office.

Bank account

If you need your bank account already during the quarantine, we recommend you to choose a bank where the account opening can be done online. You can find a list of some online banks here.

Everyday corona life in Germany - what are the applicable rules NRW? (as of 12 July 2021)

Masks are compulsory (FFP2 according to standard EN149, or medical mask according to standard EN14683) in:

  • in all indoor areas accessible to the public, e.g. doctors' surgeries, all stores, supermarkets, public authorities, etc.
  • in all public transportation (bus, train, subway, etc.) and at all train stations and subway stops
  • also outdoors, if the minimum distance of 1.5m cannot be kept, e.g. in queues, at cash desks, etc.

Free rapid tests can be done no more than once a week. There are various test centres and doctor's offices in Bochum that do free rapid tests. There is also a test centre on campus: Book your appointment here (Website in German).

Contact restrictions

  • for a 7-day incidence above 100: private meetings with max. one household and one other person
  • for 7-day incidence of 100 or less: private meetings between any number of persons in own household and another household. Vaccinated and recovered persons are not counted.

  • for 7-day incidence of 50 or less: private meetings between any number of persons of own household and two other households. In addition, meetings between 10 persons with negative test from any number of households are allowed. Vaccinated and recovered persons are not counted.

  • for 7-day incidence of 35 or less: private meetings between any number of persons in own household and four additional households. In addition, meetings are allowed between 100 persons with negative tests from any number of households. Vaccinated and recovered persons are not counted.

  • For 7-day incidence of 10 or less: no restrictions, minimum distance as recommendation.

Further information about the obligation to wear a mask and contact restrictions can be found here! (Website in German)

Please note: other rules apply to other cities! The 7-day incidence always refers to the respective county or city. Always find out in advance which rules apply! The current incidence figures for Bochum can be found here!

Rules at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum

  • Masks are compulsory in all buildings but not on campus outside anymore.
  • Some places of learning are open now. Find an overview here!

Further information regarding the rules on campus can be found here!

I feel ill - what do I have to do? (as of 6 July 2021)

If you have typical Corona symptoms, call a doctor or the medical on-call service as soon as possible on 116 117. These offices will then inform you about the further procedure and whether you need to be quarantined. Do not go to a test centre if you have symptoms! Please stay at home and avoid contact!

Can I get vaccinated? (as of 5 August 2021)

The Ruhr-Universität Bochum appeals to all students to get vaccinated!

Who can get vaccinated?
All students can be vaccinated at the vaccination center - regardless of whether they are in Bochum for one semester, for their entire studies or as a refugee.
The country of origin (EU/non-EU) makes no difference. Vaccination is also possible without health insurance. The vaccination center does not exclude anyone.

Where can I get vaccinated?

For further information, please contact your health insurance company directly or visit www.116117.de.

Service for international students

What services are available for international students? (as of 6 July 2021)

RUBiss Team of the International Office
Every semester there are a variety of offers for international students. RUBiss offers a range of events with various online workshops. At the beginning of each semester, there are also orientation days especially for new international students, where they get to know the campus, various RUB tools and also other international and local fellow students.

You can also find a lot of information about studying at RUB in the Moodle course for international students.

At your faculty
Depending on your degree programme, the individual faculties also organise orientation events for new students. Please contact your faculty or student council for more information.

University sports
The RUB University Sports Centre offers sports courses for students and employees in many different sports. You can also take advantage of the university sports on offer from home. However, some courses are currently held in presence again.

University library
The library offers work and study space. You can borrow books, use the electronic resources or the scanning service. Many services are also available from home.

Where can I find support? (as of 6 July 2021)

Admissions Office
There are many points of contact within the university. If you have questions about your admission, please contact the Admissions Office directly.

Registrar's Office
If you have problems or questions about issues such as paying the social contribution, the Student Secretariat is responsible.

RUBiss team of the International Office
The International Office also offers help with general questions about studying at RUB and also advises you on matters relating to immigration law.

Psychological Study Counselling
The Psychological Student Counselling Service offers support with various challenges in everyday study life and beyond. Further information on the counselling services as well as workshops can be found here.

Academic Advisor of your faculty
If you have specific questions about your degree programme, e.g. about the choice of courses for the next semester, please contact your study advisor. You can find your study advisor in this course list.

  • Exchange students: Contact the subject coordinators assigned to you by the International Office. You have received the contact details by e-mail together with your admissions. If you have any questions, please contact your contact person at the International Office.

I am enrolled at the RUB, but I am abroad. What do I have to consider?

Do I need a German health insurance? (as of 6 July 2021)

If you are coming to Germany for your studies, you will need a German health insurance. If you are initially going to start your studies from outside Germany, you do not need a German health insurance for the time being. You will then be required to have health insurance as soon as you enter Germany.

Health insurance

Do I have to pay the social contribution fee? (as of 6 July 2021)

In principle, every RUB student has to pay the social contribution. However, if you can prove that you were abroad for the entire semester, you can apply to the AstA for a refund of the NRW semester ticket by 15 September for the summer semester 2021. You can find more information here.

I will soon be abroad for more than 6 months, what happens to my residence permit? (as of 6 July 2021)

Your valid residence permit for Germany loses its validity if you stay abroad for longer than six months at a time. If you are abroad and have no possibility of returning to Germany within 6 months, you can apply for an extension of the time limit. This application must be submitted to the competent foreigners authority before the deadline expires and can be made informally, for example by e-mail.

Always up to date

Social Media

We inform you about news at the Ruhr-Universität, online events, such as the digital Sprachcafé, and much more!

Useful links

  • Corona Warning App (Website in German)
    The Corona Warning App is a service provided by the federal government that helps to determine whether you have had contact with an infected person and are at risk of contracting the virus.
  • Tagesschau
    The Tagesschau is a German public news programme that provides current news from Germany and all over the world.
  • Federal State of NRW
    You should also regularly check the homepage of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, as many rules are set by the individual federal states.
  • City of Bochum
    You can also find information on the current rules on the homepage of the city of Bochum.
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