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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.

Can I submit my German certificate as soon as I have passed my language exam? (as of 18 September 2020)

It is possible to submit your language certificate after you have passed the German exam. Please contact the admissions office by e-mail. The staff of the Admissions Office will then examine each case individually and give you feedback.

Will there be preparatory German courses at the RUB in the winter semester 2020/21 and can I apply for them? (as of 18 September 2020)

Unfortunately, no new participants will be admitted to the preparatory courses of the RUB's German as a Foreign Language Department this semester, so it is not possible to apply for these courses.

Do I have to travel to Bochum to start my studies? (as of 18 September 2020)

In most cases it is not necessary to travel to Bochum to start your studies at the RUB. Since the winter semester will be a mix of online teaching and classroom lectures, participation from abroad is possible. Only in a few exceptional cases is a personal presence on campus absolutely necessary, e.g. for laboratory internships.

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.

I am planning to enter Germany and the embassy asks for a confirmation of presence - what is that? (as of 18 September 2020)

A confirmation of presence is a document which can be issued by your respective faculty. However, this is only possible if you really need to be in Bochum for your studies, e.g. for laboratory internships or examinations. If it is possible to issue such a certificate in your case, please ask your faculty directly. The contact details of the contact persons of each faculty can also be found in the Moodle course for international students.

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

Before you arrive, please contact the RUBiss team by e-mail to Rubiss@rub.de and fill out this survey.

After your arrival in Bochum you have to inform the Registrar's Office of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum about your arrival by e-mail as soon as possible. Please attach your letter of admission and a certificate of insurance from a German statutory health insurance company as PDFs to this e-mail and state your current address.

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.

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 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.

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 18 September 2020)

In principle, every student of Ruhr-Universität Bochum has to pay the social contribution fee. However, if you can prove that you have been abroad for the entire semester, you can apply to the AstA for a refund of your NRW semester ticket for the winter semester 2020/21 until 15 March, 2021. Further information can be found here.

What offers are there for new international students? (as of 18 September 2020)

In the winter semester 2020/21 there are again a variety of offers for new international students. The International Office offers webinars in German and English for students of all faculties to prepare for the new studies.

You will also find a lot of information about studying at the RUB in the Moodle course for international students. You are also welcome to participate in the free orientation days. These are designed to help you get started with your studies and are organized by RUBiss before the start of the semester. You can find more information and registration on the website of the International Office.

Depending on your course of study, the individual faculties also organize orientation events for new students. Please contact your faculty or student council for more information.

Where can I find support? (as of 18 September 2020)

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

If you have problems or questions about issues such as the payment of social contribution fee, the Studierendensekreteriat is responsible.

The International Office also offers help with general questions about studying at the RUB and advises you in matters concerning aliens law. The International Office also offers a webinar to prepare students for their studies and a special Moodle course for international students.

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.

How can I take care of formalities, for example regarding my visa? (as of 24.8.2020)

Foreigners‘ Office

The Foreigners‘ Office in Bochum is open again, but a visit is only possible by appointment. 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 phone at 0234 910 1577 or by mail.

City Administration

The Bochum City administration offices are open, but you will definitely need an appointment.

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

I will soon be abroad for more than 6 months, what happens to my residence permit? (7 July 2020)

Your valid residence permit for Germany loses its validity if you stay abroad for more than six months at a time. Due to worldwide travel restrictions there is one exception: If you are abroad and have no possibility to return to Germany within 6 months, you can apply for an extension of the deadline. This application must be submitted to the relevant Foreigners Office before the deadline expires and can be made informally, for example by e-mail.

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