Ruhr Universität Bochum

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

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General information for exchange students

Course information

International Course Catalogue


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). 

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Estimated living costs per month

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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



Student Life


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!