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Ruhr-Universitat Bochum
Bochum, Germany (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
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This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Language of Instruction: English, German Minimum GPA: 3.0
Credit Type: Resident
Program Description:
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RUB is located on the southern hills of central Ruhr area Bochum.  RUB was the first university to be founded in post-war Federal Republic of Germany in year 1962.  It was officially opened in 1965 as the first university in the Ruhr area.  The University is future oriented, reflected in its focus on neurosciences, medical technology, and IT security.  36,500 students are enrolled, and the university employs 5,000 staff, making it one of the ten largest universities in Germany.
During their stay, exchange students may participate in various excursions and intercultural workshops organized by the International Office. Each exchange student will be assigned to a German student, a Study Buddy, who will serve as a mentor throughout your stay in Bochum. Academic success is a major focus at Ruhr-Universität Bochum. Besides German, English is the second language on campus. RUB's faculties offer various courses in English. In some international master's degree programs, all courses are held in English. From the first semester on, curricula at RUB focuses on "research-based learning". The Research School is a state-of-the-art international college for structured doctoral research in life sciences, natural sciences, engineering, humanities, and social sciences. Interdisciplinary research departments, which are mutually and internationally connected, are a highlight of RUB's profile. Before the winter semester starts, RUB offers 3-week intensive language courses exclusively for exchange students. Students have class 4 hours, 5 days per week and will thus be perfectly prepared for the start of the semester. Courses begin in mid-September and end the Friday before the semester starts. Up to 100 students can participate in these language courses.  If exchange students wish to further improve their German beyond that, they can also attend one of the various German language courses offered during the semester. These courses are offered one to two times per week and are free of charge.

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 will find many bars in the famous Bermuda Triangle as well as shops and clubs. Being an industrial town historically, Bochum also has a lot of parks and green spots.  
Germany is a very safe country. Ruhr-Universität Bochum is located in an upper-middle-class area of Bochum. Students can easily walk around by day and night without facing any dangers. The metro directly connects the city center with the university campus. Within ten minutes, students may reach Bochum's central station and downtown area. At night, special buses ('Nachtexpress') connect the center with the university.

Bochum is situated in one of the most densely populated areas of Europe. Around 5 million people live in the region, known as the Ruhr Area, named after a river that connects the cities. In less than half hour, you can reach Bochum's neighboring cities, Dortmund and Essen, which are worth a visit. Some of Germany's biggest cities, such as Düsseldorf and Cologne are about a one-hour train ride. Together with the rest of the Ruhr Area, Bochum was the host of the European Capital of Culture in 2010. Bochum is a truly European city. Being located in the boarder triangle of Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium, cities like Brussels or Amsterdam are only about 200 kilometers (125 miles) away, while Paris and Berlin it is only about 450 kilometers (280 miles).

Academic Calendar
OSU Ruhr-Universitat Bochum
Fall Winter
Early October- Late March
Spring Summer
Early April- Late September

Please note, these dates are subject to change. For the most accurate information, please visit the host university website

Before going abroad, you will need to investigate the courses available at potential host institutions. OSU students studying abroad must take at least the equivalent of 12 OSU credit hours during their exchange semester. Please be sure to read the course descriptions provided by the host institution and compare them to your coursework at OSU. 

OSU students studying at RUB have taken courses in humanities, social science, film, journalism, philosophy, theology, and more! Click here for more information on courses taught in English. Course offerings change every semester. 

RUB offers 3-week intensive German language courses exclusively for exchange students. Students have class 4 hours, 5 days per week and will thus be perfectly prepared for the start of the semester. Courses begin in mid-September and end the Friday before the semester starts. 

Students participating in a reciprocal exchange program must have completed at least 45 credit hours and have a cumulative 3.0 GPA or above at the time they intend to participate.

For estimated expenses, please refer to the budget sheets located at the top of this brochure. 

For the duration of their stay in Bochum, exchange students can rent a room in a residence hall directly through the International Office. Students can live in a single room very close to campus and will share bathroom and kitchen facilities with other students on the same floor. Alternatively, students 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. The university helps exchange students arrange on campus housing. For more information, please refer to the host university website

Visa Information
Students studying for 90 days or more are required to obtain a student visa or residency permit. Please refer to the website of the embassy or consulate to obtain visa information.

Helpful Links
Website for International Students

Bochum from a Student's View

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