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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 18 November 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 18 November 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 18 November 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 in general.
  • However, if the embassy still asks you for it, please contact us - the International Office - through rubiss@rub.de. We can issue you the document easily.

Which entry requirements apply to me? (as of 18 November 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.

Virus variant areas

  • Entry is possible for study purposes.
  • Entry is also possible if you already have a valid German residence title and a German residence.
  • All persons entering:

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 18 November 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 (if applicable)
  • Health insurance card/travel insurance certificate
  • Certified copies of important documents


  • Medication (if necessary)
  • Cash (around 100€)
  • 220 volt adapter

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

Everyday corona life in Germany - what are the applicable rules NRW? (as of 18 November 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
  • it is recommended to wear a mask outdoors (e.g. at queues, checkout areas, etc.) if the minimum distance cannot be kept, but there is no obligation to do so

Generally, the 3G rule (tested, fully vaccinated or recovered) applies to indoor activities such as:

  • Indoor events
  • Indoor sports
  • Indoor catering
  • body-related services
  • Accommodation

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

Do I have to be in quarantine? (as of 18 November 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.

Areas of high incidence

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

Virus variant areas

  • 14-day quarantine necessary after entry

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 18 November 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 directly from some restaurants or diners (check the websites of the restaurants in your area!)
  • 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.

I feel ill - what do I have to do? (as of 18 November 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!

The Ruhr-Universität Bochum appeals to all students to get vaccinated! What do I need to know?

When and where can I get vaccinated? (as of 18 November 2021)

All students can be vaccinated - regardless of whether they are in Bochum for one semester, for their entire studies or as a refugee.

Vaccinations are carried out at the following places:

  • You can get vaccinated at established doctors (general practitioners and specialists). Make an appointment with a doctor. If you do not yet have a GP, you can contact one of the practices on this list.
  • There are also other open vaccination appointments where you can go and get your vaccination without booking an appointment beforehand. They are done in the city of Bochum: Further info here!

I already got vaccinated in my homecountry – will my vaccination be accepted here? Can I get my second vaccination dose here in Germany? (as of 18 November 2021)

Here you can find a list of vaccines that are recognised in Germany.

If you have already been vaccinated but your vaccination certificate is not in German or English, bring a certified translation.

If you have been vaccinated with a vaccine that is not recognised in Germany, you are considered unvaccinated. In this case, you can ask your doctor for advice on whether you should be vaccinated again.

If you have only been vaccinated once, you can get your second vaccination here in Germany. Simply contact a doctor of your choice from this list.

My vaccination from my home country is not recognised. What now? (as of 18 November 2021)

If your vaccination from your home country is not recognised here in Germany, you have the option to be tested free of charge.

You need the negative test certificate (not older than 24 hours) in order to be able to participate in the attendance events at the university without any problems.

I still have questions about the vaccination. (as of 18 November 2021)

Contact your doctor for medical advice on Corona vaccination! You can also get advice from your health insurance company.

You can find general information about the Corona vaccination here.

Here you can find the FAQ of the city of Bochum.

I am not vaccinated yet. What now? (as of 18 November 2021)

Students who have not yet received a full vaccination or have not received any vaccination at all must be tested for the attendance events at the university. The tests are free again from 13th November 2021 on.

The nearest test centre is located at the entrance of the Unicenter on the RUB campus. Your test certificate must not be older than 24 hours.

Winter semester 2021/22 in presence: What do I need to know?

The "RUB Vignette": What is it and how do I get it? (as of 18 November 2021)

The RUB produces forgery-proof vignettes (stickers) which are stuck on the student ID cards and prove that the students have been vaccinated or can prove a recovery valid until 31.3.2022.

The verification of the vaccination or recovery certificates is carried out by the dean's offices of the RUB. Students will receive all the information about how, when and where they have to prove their status via these offices.

Students who have been vaccinated in Germany or the EU receive their vignettes in their faculties.

  • Please bring your vaccination certificate or vaccination card with you.

For students who have been vaccinated outside Germany and the EU:

  • Please contact the International Office for the check. You can make an appointment at rubiss@rub.de.
    • Please bring your vaccination certificate and your student card!

You can find more information about the RUB Vignette here:

Infos RUB-Vignette

How do I receive my student ID card? (as of 18 November 2021)

If you have not yet received your student ID card, please contact the enrolment office directly at immatrikulation@uv.rub.de.

All exchange students can pick up their ID card at the International Office. You will receive a notification by e-mail.

Infos and functions of the student ID card

What rules apply at RUB? (as of 18 November 2021)

  • Verification of 3G evidence at face-to-face events on campus.
  • Mandatory wearing of masks in all buildings, but not on the outside of the campus.
  • Some learning venues as well as the library are open again.

Further information on the rules at the RUB can be found here!

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

Do I have to pay the social contribution fee? (as of 18 November 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 and by 15 March for the winter semester. You can find more information here.

Do I need a German health insurance? (as of 18 November 2021)

If you want to enrol, you need German health insurance. If you are initially going to start your studies from outside Germany, there are exceptions. For more information, please contact rubiss@rub.de.

You are required to have health insurance as soon as you enter Germany. Therefore, it is important to take out German health insurance as soon as possible once you are here. You must then submit proof of health insurance to the Student Secretariat as soon as possible!

Further information:

Health insurance

Service for international students

What services are available for international students? (as of 18 November 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 where you 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 on the homepage of the International Office in the Moodle course for international students.

At your faculty
Depending on your degree programme, the individual faculties also offer various events for their students. The faculties' advisors will help you with questions about studying in general and about the timetable. Please refer to the website of your faculty or departmental council for more information.

University sports
The RUB University Sports Centre offers sports courses for students and employees in many different sports.

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 18 November 2021)

Admissions Office
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 RUBiss team provides support in social, cultural and university matters as well as in formal and legal matters. We support you throughout your studies - if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

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.

Study and financial counselling

The Central Student Advisory Service can advise you on topics such as changing your degree programme or doubts about your studies. In addition, the Financial Counselling Service advises on the various options for international students to finance their studies here in Germany (scholarship, part-time job, etc.).

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.

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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