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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 13 April 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 13 April 2021)

The summer semester 2021 will probably be offered as a "hybrid semester", i.e. a mix of online and face-to-face courses. We are endeavouring to make participation from abroad possible on a transitional basis, especially for students who are unable to travel here due to the Corona pandemic. Current information can be found here.

Student ID (as of 13 April 2021)

Your matriculation number is on the front. You need the long number and the barcode on the back for the university library, e.g. to borrow books. The ID card is also important for using the washing machines in the AKAFÖ dormitories. Should you enter Germany, the student ID card can be sent to you by mail.

Newly enrolled students who are still in their home country will not receive a student ID for the time being.

What do I need to know when entering Germany? (as of 13 April 2021)

We have compiled all the important information about entering Germany for you here. You will find information on the requirements for entry, entry regulations and quarantine regulations.

What to do if you have problems with the social contribution? (as of 13 April 2021)

If you have any questions about paying the social contribution or retrieving the NRW-Ticket, please contact the Studierendensekretariat.

Do I need a German health insurance? (as of 13 April 2021)

You need a German health insurance as soon as you enter Germany.

Health insurance

When and how do I have to contact the university? (as of 13 April 2021)

Before your arrival, please contact RUBiss by filling out this survey so that you can be supported in the best possible way.

After your arrival in Bochum, you must inform the Student Secretariat of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum about your arrival as soon as possible by e-mail. Please attach your letter of admission and an insurance certificate from a German statutory health insurance as PDFs to this email and provide your current address.

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

Do I have to be in quarantine? (as of 13 April 2021)

Whether you have to go into domestic quarantine after your arrival and if so, for how long, depends on the current regulations of the federal state of NRW. As these depend, among other things, on the development of infection rates in Germany, please regularly read the information provided on the homepage of the International Office.

Everyday corona life in Germany - what are the applicable rules NRW? (as of 13 April 2021)

You can find the currently valid regulations on the NRW website. RUBiss has summarised this and other important information on entering and living in Bochum/NRW for you on a separate homepage.

What formalities do I have to complete after my arrival? (as of 13 April 2021)

Before you arrive, please contact the RUBiss team by e-mail and fill out this survey.

After your arrival in Bochum you are obliged to inform the public health department immediately about your entry and register with the city of Bochum within 14 days. Further links and current information on quarantine and entry into Germany can be found on the homepage of the International Office.

How can I take care of formalities, for example regarding my visa? (as of 13 April 2021)

Foreigners' Office

The Foreigners' Office in Bochum is open, but an appointment is required for an interview. The distance and hygiene regulations must also be observed there.

Further information can be found on the homepage of the Foreigners' Office. You can contact the Foreigners' Office by telephone on 0234 910 1577 or by e-mail.

The current processing time for applications is approximately 4 months.

Citizens' Advice Bureau

Bochum's citizens' offices are open, but you will definitely need an appointment.

Appointments can be made via the online appointment function or by calling the public authority number 115. Further information is available here.

City registrations can currently also be made via RUBiss. To do so, simply send us an e-mail and we will explain everything else.

Service for international students

What services are available for international students? (as of 13 April 2021)

During the summer semester 2021, there will also be a variety of offers for international students. RUBiss offers a semester programme with various online workshops.

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

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.

Where can I find support? (as of 13 April 2021)

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

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

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

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.

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 13 April 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 13 April 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 March 2021 for the winter semester 2021/22 and by 15 September for the summer semesterYou can find more information here.

I will soon be abroad for more than 6 months, what happens to my residence permit? (as of 13 April 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.

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