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

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 B2 (CEFR) in German and English is required. 

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

Philosophy and Philology. Subjects taught here include: 

  • Communication and Information studies 
  • English Language and Culture
  • French Language and Culture
  • German Language and Culture
  • Islamic and Arabic Studies
  • Italian Language and Culture
  • Literary Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Media and Culture
  • Philosophy
  • Spanish Language and Culture
  • Slavistic Studies, Theater, Classic Philology
Courses at Master’s level


Language of instruction

German and English

Housing assistance

The International Office of Ruhr-Universität Bochum offers a special service for exchange students from partner universities. Students can book accommodation for the duration of their exchange (1-2 semesters). However, there is only a limited number of rooms for exchange students, so early registration and flexibility is useful. More information on the accommodation application.

Estimated living costs per month

Accommodation Between €255 and €420 in a university dormitory (side costs included) Between €350 and €650 in a private apartment 

License Fee (TV taxes) Approx. €18

Food Approx. €200

Academic Expenses Approx. €40

Personal Expenses Approx. €150 (depending on personal needs)

Health Insurance Approx. €110

Social Contribution Fee Approx. €360, 00 (per semester)


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).