Ruhr University Bochum: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships

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    The Ruhr-University Bochum, located on the southern hills of the central Ruhr area in Bochum. The university was founded in 1962 as the first new public university in Germany after World War II. Instruction began in 1965. The Ruhr-University Bochum is one of the largest universities in Germany and part of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, the most important German research funding organization. The university has a significant 14% of its total intake as international students.

    Ruhr University Bochum Rankings

    Ruhr University Bochum is ranked:

    • #291th globally and 24th among all the German universities according to CWUR.
    • #251-300th in World universities ranking in 2020 by THE
    • #439th among all the world universities according to QS


    Established 1962
    Type Public
    Campus Setting Urban/Suburban
    Number of Degree Programs 191
    Total Enrollment 42,954
    Budget 585 million EUR
    Application Fee Free
    Tuition fee for International Students None
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    Ruhr University Bochum Campus

    • The university's primary location is in the city of Bochum, in Germany's Ruhr Valley region, with an overseas presence in New York, Moscow, and Rio de Janeiro.
    • Unlike many older German universities, the campus of Ruhr-University Bochum are all centralized on one campus, located south of Bochum city.
    • Ruhr University Bochum is organized in 20 different faculties ranging from protestant theology to East Asian Studies to Medicine.
    • One of the mesmeric places for attraction in the campus is the beautiful botanical garden with a number of exotic species of flowers and trees.
    • University sports service ensures the balance between student’s studies and fitness. It consists of sport complexes, playgrounds and the university gym known as Unifit.

    Ruhr University Bochum Residence

    • Students from non-EU-countries have to register at the City Administration first in order to apply for a residence permit at the Foreigners' Office (Ausländerbüro).
    • There are 18 halls in the city operated by the student service. The time required for accommodation may take three to six months.
      • Therefore students have to apply online for accommodation well before leaving for Germany.
    • The halls provided by the student service are equipped with high speed internet connection. The cost is included in the rent.
    • There are also 8 private or church-based student halls of residence with rooms and apartments to host about 1,000 students in Bochum.
    • Students can also search for the houses of their choice in the private housing market.

    Ruhr University Bochum Programs

    • Over 180 programs at Ruhr University Bochum are provided through its 20 different faculties.
    • Applied Computer science, Biology, Biochemistry, Civil Engineering, Mathematics, Philosophy are some of the courses from the long list of courses of the undergraduate programs.
    • English and American studies is the only Bachelor program that is taught in English language.
    • Accounting and Auditing, Art History, Catholic Theology, Geography, History are some of the master’s program
    • Chemistry, Econometrics, Biochemistry are some of the few master’s programs taught in English.

    Ruhr University Bochum Admission Process

    International students need to provide a few additional documents to get admission at Ruhr University Bochum. All bachelor’s degree and state examination programmes as well as the majority of master’s degree programmes are taught in German. Only certain proof of language proficiency is accepted at Ruhr-Universität Bochum.

    Application portal: Online portal of University

    Application fee: None

    Application Requirements:

    • Proof of the passed language test (German)
    • Official scores of standardized tests for studying in Germany
    • Certified copy of degree certificate (original language and a German or English translation)
    • List of subjects and grades
    • Copy of the valid passport
    • Possible proof of other language skills (English)
    • Essay (for certain specific degree programmes)

    Admission Deadlines: For winter semester, students can apply and upload their documents from the beginning of June to August 20th. For summer semester students can apply from the beginning of December to 15tth January.

    Ruhr University Bochum Cost of Attendance

    • At Ruhr University Bochum, currently no tuition fees are charged.
    • However, students must pay the mandatory semester fee of currently approx 332 EUR.
    • At least 700 EUR per month are needed for international students to study at Ruhr University.
      • This includes all the expenses from food, rent to health insurance etc.
    • The expense can be broken down as shown in the below table:
    Expenses Cost in EUR
    Rent incl. Additional costs) 295 
    Food 160 
    Clothing 60 
    Learning materials 45 
    Health insurance/medicine 85 
    Telephone/internet 35 
    Leisure/cultural/sport 40 
    Total 720 

    Ruhr University Bochum Financial Aid

    • Students can avail various grants and scholarships to study in Germany if they are capable of producing outstanding academic performance.
    • These include grants from German Academic Exchange Service DAAD, Scholarship fund of RUB, International Office Scholarships etc.
    • International students are eligible to avail government loans provided to students from low income families only under some circumstances. The students have to repay only half of the amount of the loan that too with zero interest.
    • Several German organisations offer loans which are especially suited to helping you finance your studies. These loans, along with the interest, must be paid back in full after graduation 2021

    Ruhr University Bochum Placements

    • Graduates from Ruhr usually bag placements with hefty packages after completing their graduation in one of the topmost colleges of Germany.
    • More than 3,565 EUR is the gross salary earned by RUB graduates after leaving university.

    Ruhr University Bochum Alumni

    Notable alumni of Ruhr University Bochum include:

    • Afu Thomas (Thomas Derksen), German internet celebrity in China
    • Hans-Paul Bürkner, Chairman of Boston Consulting Group, former global CEO
    • Stefan Sommer, former CEO of ZF Friedrichshafen

    Important Dates

    ProgramApplication DeadlineFees
    M.Sc Computational Engineering
    winter (15th Jul 2020)
    M.Sc Electrical and Information Engineering
    summer (15th Jan 2020)
    winter (15th Jul 2020)
    B.A Management and Economics
    summer (15th Jan 2020)
    winter (15th Jul 2020)
    B.Sc Mechanical Engineering
    winter (15th Jan 2020)
    Certificate Childhood, Adolescent and Psychotherapy
    winter (15th Jul 2020)
    $17,004 /Yr
    Exam Scores: IELTS6|TOEFL100
    Application Deadline: 15 Jul, 2020
    Application Deadline: 15 Jan, 2020

    Master of Science [M.Sc] Mechanical Engineering

    18 months
    On Campus
    Full Time
    Application Deadline: 15 Jan, 2020

    Master of Science [M.Sc] Civil Engineering

    2 years
    On Campus
    Full Time
    Application Deadline: 15 Jan, 2020
    Application Deadline: 15 Jan, 2020


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    I wanted to pursue my master's. I have been in a job for over 2-3 years. Thus, I was looking for a course which could give me an in-depth insight on accounting and auditing. Then, I got to know about this university, which is not too far from where I stay and took up the summer program by filling up the online application.

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    The tuition fee for my course was close to €32.000. Apart from the tuition fee, I didn't had to pay anything. My books and other supplies got covered under €1500

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    Ruhr University Bochum Admissions

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    The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

    Tuition fees
    Undergraduate Programs
    $17,004 / Year
    Post Graduate Program
    $39,074 / Year
    Universitätsstraße 150, 44801 Bochum

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    Uni Center0.45 km
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    Dal food3.82 km
    Markt Amir4.42 km
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