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  • Locations: Bochum, Germany
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester
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  • Restrictions: SIU applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2020 03/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Program Description:
Ruhr-Universität BochumBochum, Germany
Bochum, Germany

Bochum has a population of almost 400,000 inhabitants and is situated in the heart of the Ruhr Area, the economic nerve center of western Germany. It is a very vivid city with a lot of cultural and sports activities, complemented by the large student population. In the city center students find many shops and clubs. The cultural scene in Bochum is quite unique. Bochum has one of Germany's best known theaters and there are various museums around. Being an industrial town historically, Bochum also has a lot of parks and green spots. The University is located in the very south close to a little valley. Some of Germany's biggest cities are only about a one-hour-trip by train away. Cities like Brussels or Amsterdam are only about 125 miles away and Paris and Berlin are only about 280 miles away.

Founded in 1962, Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) was the first among those institutions of higher education built after World War II.  With its 20 faculties, its 5,000 employees, and over 34,000 students from 130 countries it belongs to the ten biggest universities in Germany. RUB knows how to excel – by means of outstanding research projects in many disciplines and due to a modern concept of degree programs. Furthermore, the university is one of the last eight candidates for the title "top university" in the German Excellence Initiative 2011.

Academic System and Language Requirements
All studies are basically divided into ‘Grundstudium’ (basic studies) and ‘Hauptstudium’ (main studies). The duration of these periods vary; Grundstudium usually ends after two years, Haupstudium after an additional two or three years.

The university offers the following degrees:
  • Baccalaureaus (B.A.)
  • Master of Arts (Magister Artium or M.A.)
  • Degree in Teaching at School Level (Lehramt)
  • Professional Degree (Diplom)
  • State Qualifiying Examinations (Staatliche Prüfungen)
Simply stated, the student chooses not only the subject of study, but decides upon a degree which requires a course of study. Professional degrees, the B.A. degree, and the Master of Arts degree are granted after final examinations administered by the university have been successfully completed. Teacher training programs in Germany are regulated by the individual state, so that the required courses of study and the final examinations vary from (German) state to state. Several divisions at the university, including the Law School and the two Departments of Theology, also offer State Qualifying Examinations. In the case of training programs, the Ministries of Culture, Education, or the Interior of the individual states, are usually responsible for determining courses of study and the nature of the final examinations. Accordingly, these final examinations are administered not by the universities, but by the state in the Federal Republic of Germany.

The main language of the institution at the university is German, therefore a good command of the German language is necessary. Most of the courses in the English department of the Faculty of Philosophy are taught in English.

The university offers an orientation before the beginning of each semester, in March and in September. It consists of a German Language course and a supplementary program with excursions, special lectures, and guided tours. During the winter semester, German language course on several levels are offered for international students.

Accommodations and Other Arrangements
For the duration of their stay in Bochum, exchange students can rent a room in a residence hall directly with the International Office. Students will live in a single-room very close to campus. Residence hall options range in options and price. In the least expensive option, students share bathroom and kitchen facilities with other students on the same floor; at the top end of the scale they can have their own apartment with their own bathroom and kitchen. In some of the residence halls students share their apartment with up to four fellow students.

For more information and a detailed FAQ, please visit the MAUI-Utrecht Network page for Ruhr-Universität Bochum.