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

"The Ruhruniversität in Bochum is a very pleasant university to be enrolled in. It may not be aesthetically pleasing, but the staff and students working there are quite willing to open up and socialise. The academic athmosphere is represented very well. All in all I felt perfectly at home there for the time I was able to stay there" - experience from a former exchange student

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 see stories of students who have been abroad on Instagram!

International Office Humanities

Our front desk is currently closed until further notice. This means that there are no walk-in hours and it is not possible to make an appointment.  

You can reach us in the following ways:

Please mention your student number in all correspondence!


We are unable to sign physical documents. If you need to have a document signed, please send it to us via email.

Mailing address

Drift 10, 3512 BS Utrecht
+31 (0)30 253 6046

  • Sanne Boomsma - Head International Office Humanities;
  • Pooi Ji Hang - Exchange Coordinator (South and East Europe, Asia, Central and South America);
  • Monique Hanrath - Exchange Coordinator (North and West Europe, Africa, Oceania and North America);
  • Nelline Bogerd - Support Officer;
  • Agaath Sluijters - Support Officer.
Walk-in office hours

Our front desk is currently closed.

Making an appointment

You can make an appointment via this online form or send an email to

Handing in and picking up documents

Send an email to