Zentrum für Internationales

First Steps

First Steps

Are you a guest student at the Ruhr University Bochum?

Then, we would like to welcome you to the Faculty of Law!

As an „Incoming“, the Center for International Affairs (in German Zentrum für Internationales or short ZfI) will take care of you. The ZfI is your first contact person concerning any questions you might have during your stay at our Faculty. Anything from questions regarding your Learning Agreement, courses, exams, tests or housing and living in Bochum – the ZfI is there for you during the whole duration of your stay.

Arriving at Bochum | Courses at the Faculty of Law | Housing in Bochum | More Information

Arriving at Bochum

First, you have to organize your travel to Bochum. The closest major airport is in Düsseldorf. From there, you can easily find your way to Bochum central station by train. Another option is the airport in Dortmund, which is not that easy to reach but very close to Bochum. For more information regarding your journey, please klick here

Once in Bochum, please find your way as soon as possible to our offices at the ZfI. During this first personal meeting you can ask any remaining questions. The ZfI team will discuss with you and difficulties regarding your schedule and help you find alternative courses. We will also help you alter your Learning Agreement if that becomes necessary. It can immediately be altered. You can find the form for the Learning Agreement here. We will also assist you with the calculation of your ECTS-points.

The International Office organizes an orientation week for all Incomings, which we very much recommend you to attend.

Courses at the Faculty of Law

A list of all German-language courses offered at the Faculty is available here.

For a complete list of our English- or other foreign language course offer, please klick here.

The International Course Catalogue containing all courses held in English at the University, is accessible here.

You can inform yourself about all courses and seminars on offer in the course calendar. For more detailed planning, especially regarding questions on which courses are more appropriate for Incomings and what level of foreign language knowledge is necessary for a particular course, please feel free to contact the ZfI anytime.

We offer the seminar "Einführung in das deutsche Recht und Rechtsstudium für ausländische Studierende" (a block course during the last week before the semester starts) every fall semester. This course gives you a good overview of the German legal system, it is helpful for your comprehension of other German legal courses and provides an introduction to the German legal language.

For more information regarding the general semester calendar, holidays and breaks, please visit theArcademic Calender.

Housing in Bochum

The International Office der RUB offers reservation services for foreign students regarding dorm rooms. More information is available here.

If you wish to live in a dorm, the website housinganywhere.com, in cooperation with the Ruhr University, offers you a good opportunity to find a room or apartment for your stay in Bochum.

More Information

A map of the Ruhr University including the position of the Faculty of Law and the ZfI is available here:



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We are looking forward to meeting you!