Ruhr Universität Bochum is an exchange destination for Utrecht University Bachelor and Master students of the faculty of Humanities in Bochum, Germany.

Student experiences

Read about student experiences.

Academic calendar

Semester I (Winter Semester): approximately October – lectures until early February
Semester II (Summer Semester): approximately April – Lectures until end of July 


Language requirement: a minimum language level of B1/B2 (CEFR) in German and English is required. 

For the German language, the International Office (UU Humanities) recommends a B2 level at the moment of exchange in order to fully participate in the courses.

During the term exchange students have the chance to attend German language courses free of charge.​ More information.

Areas of study open to exchange students

Students can take courses at the Faculty of Philology. Subjects taught here cover English, French, German, and Italian Studies, Literature, Linguistics, and Philosophy. Also, students are invited to take courses at other faculties within the university (except for the Faculty of Medicine) depending on the approval of each professor. 

Courses at Master’s level


Language of instruction

German and English

Housing assistance

The International Office offers a special service for exchange students from partner universities. Students can book accommodation for the duration of their exchange (1-2 semesters). 

More information

Estimated living costs per month

Normal study load per semester: 30 ECTS 

Number of places available

Languages (German only): 5 places per year
Philosophy: 2 places per year

Additional information

More information

More information about studying abroad: in Dutch and in English.

Do you have any questions about this partner university or about studying abroad? Contact the International Office of the Faculty of Humanities (details below).

You can also follow students who are currently abroad on Instagram!

Contact details

​Drift 10, 3512 BS Utrecht

+31 (0)30 253 6046

Walk-in office hours

  • Monday and Thursday from 11.00h to 12.00h

By appointment

You can make an appointment with one of the exchange coordinators by filling out this web form.

Handing in and picking up documents

Monday to Friday from 11.00 to 15.00 at the Student Desk, Drift 10.


Gerdien Ramaker-Zijlstra (Exchange Coordinator for Southern and Eastern Europe, Asia, Central and South America)
Monique Hanrath (Exchange Coordinator for Western and Northern Europe, Africa, Oceania and North America)
Nelline Bogerd (Support Officer)
Sanne Boomsma (Head)