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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.

I would like to study at RUB for the summer semester 2021. What do I have to do?

Can I submit my German certificate as soon as I have passed my language exam? (as of 22 January 2021)

Yes, this is possible. Please contact the RUB Admissions Office by e-mail in this regard. Please attach your documents directly to the e-mail as PDF files.

Will there be preparatory German courses at the RUB in the summer semester 2021 and can I apply for them? (as of 22 January 2021)

Yes, the Department of German as a Foreign Language will offer online preparatory German courses. You can find all information on the page of the DaF department and on the RUB page. Please note: The application deadline for the second course period (from 9 July 2021) has been extended to 15 February 2021. However, a place cannot be guaranteed for applications after 15.01.2021. It is no longer possible to apply for the courses from 7 April 2021.

I have an admission, what are the next steps?

How do I enrol if I have received an admission? (as of 18 September 2020)

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 22 January 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. No further details on this are available at the current time. Current information can be found here.

When and how do I have to contact the university? (as of 22 January 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 18 September 2020)

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 our checklist for entering Germany.

Everyday corona life in Germany - what are the applicable rules NRW? (as of 22 January 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 in a separate checklist.

What formalities do I have to complete after my arrival? (as of 18 September 2020)

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 in the checklist of the International Office.

Student ID card (as of 22 January 2021)

As of the winter semester 2020/21, the RUB student ID no longer contains a chip. This means that you do not need the student ID to access eCampus. There is also no longer a need for a chip card reader. Your matriculation number is on the front. You will need the long number and the barcode on the back for the university library, e.g. to borrow books. Should you enter Germany, your student ID card can be sent to you by post.

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

How can I take care of formalities, for example regarding my visa? (as of 22 January 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.

What services are available for international students? (as of 22 January 2021)

To prepare you for your studies at RUB, the RUBiss team of the International Office offers preparatory web seminars in German and English. There you will receive important information about entry, study organisation and life in Bochum. Here you can find more information and the dates.

From 7-10 April 2021, RUBiss will organise free orientation days for new international students. These are designed to make it easier for you to start your studies!

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 22 January 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 services offered by the International Office also include a web seminar on preparing for your studies and the Moodle course for international students.

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 have financial difficulties due to the Corona crisis (7 July 2020)

International students who are experiencing financial difficulties during the Corona crisis - for example, because they have lost their part-time job - can apply for support at various contact points.

The RUBiss team has created a page on the various financing possibilities, which you can find 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 18 September 2020)

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.

Do I have to pay the social contribution fee? (as of 22 January 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 15.3.2021 for the winter semester 2020/21 and by 15.09.2021 for the summer semester. You can find more information here.

Do I need a student card and if so, how do I get one? (as of 18 September 2020)

From the coming winter semester 2020/21 onwards, the RUB student card will no longer contain a chip. This means that you will not need the student card to access eCampus. You will also no longer need a chip card reader. If you enter Germany, the student card can be sent to you by mail.

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

I will soon be abroad for more than 6 months, what happens to my residence permit? (as of 22 January 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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