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Location: Bochum, Germany, Europe

Program Type: UMSL Exchange Program through the MAUI-Utrecht Network Exchange Consortium open to undergraduate and graduate students.

Language of Instruction: German. Graduate level subjects may be available in English.

UMSL Term Abroad: It is very difficult to apply for the program as Ruhr Bochum's academic calendar overlaps all UMSL terms. This program is only recommended to students who may take off a semester after their term abroad.

Approximate Dates Abroad:
Fall Semester: October - February
Spring Semester: April - Late September

Application Deadline: We encourage applicants to this program to apply by the priority deadline - your chances of admission are increased by doing so.

  • Fall/Academic Year: February 16 (priority), April 16 (final)
  • Spring: September 23 (priority), October 23 (final)

UMSL Study Abroad Eligibility Requirements. UMSL students must have high proficiency to attend. Students must have approval from their academic advisor and the UMSL Study Abroad Office. 


Subjects Available:

  • TAUGHT IN ENGLISH (Graduate level only)
  • Biochemistry and Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Economics
  • English - Literature
  • TAUGHT IN GERMAN (Nearly all below subjects are also available at graduate level)
  • Archaeology 
  • Art History
  • Astronomy
  • Biochemistry and Biotechnology
  • Biology
  • Business - Accounting
  • Business - Business Administration
  • Business - Finance
  • Business - Management
  • Business - Marketing
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • East Asian Studies
  • Economics
  • Education - General Educational Studies
  • Education - Physical Education
  • Education - Secondary Education
  • Engineering - Civil Engineering
  • Engineering - Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering - Mechanical Engineering
  • English
  • Film Studies
  • History
  • Languages - Arabic
  • Languages - Chinese
  • Languages - French
  • Languages - German
  • Languages - Japanese
  • Languages - Spanish
  • Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Media Studies
  • Modern European Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Pre-Law or Law
  • Sociology
  • Theatre
  • Women and Gender Studies


The University: Founded in 1962, Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) was the first among those institutions of higher education built after World War II. With its 20 faculties, its 5,000 employees, and over 34,000 students from 130 countries it belongs to the ten biggest universities in Germany. RUB knows how to excel - by means of outstanding research projects in many disciplines and due to a modern concept of degree programs. Furthermore, the university is one of the last eight candidates for the title "top university" in the German Excellence Initiative 2011.

Academics: Ruhr-Universität Bochum is on its way to becoming one of the leading European universities of the 21st century. Besides German, English is the second language on campus. RUB's faculties offer various courses in English. In some international master's degree programs even all courses are held in English. From the first semester on, curricula at RUB focus on "research-based learning". The Research School is a state-of-the-art international college for structured doctoral research in the life sciences, natural sciences, engineering, the humanities, and social sciences. Interdisciplinary research departments, which are mutually and internationally networked, emphasize 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, 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.

Housing: For the duration of their stay in Bochum, exchange students can rent a room in a residence hall directly with us at the International Office. Students will live in a single-room very close to campus. At the cheapest end of the scale they will share bathroom and kitchen facilities with other students on the same floor; at the top end of the scale they 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. 

Activities and Programs:  The International Office organizes various excursions and intercultural workshops during this Orientation Course. Each exchange student will be assigned to a German student, a Study Buddy, who will serve as his/her mentor throughout his/her stay in Bochum.


Location: 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 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. The University is located in the very south close to a little valley, not far from a lake: 'Kemnader See.' The cultural scene in Bochum is quite unique. Bochum has one of Germany's best known theaters and there are various museums around.

Germany in general 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. 5 million people live in the region, known as the Ruhr Area, named after a river that connects the cities. In less than half an hour you may reach Bochum's neighboring cities Dortmund and Essen that are worth a visit as well. Some of Germany's biggest cities, such as Düsseldorf and Cologne are about a one-hour-trip by train away. 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. To Paris and Berlin it is only about 450 kilometers (280 miles).

International Office Website: http://international.rub.de/gaststudis/index.html.en

Course Offerings: http://www.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/studium/studienangebot/index_en.html 

Masters Course Offerings Taught in English: http://www.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/faecher/master/index_en.html 

Housing Website: http://international.rub.de/gaststudis/accommodation/index.html.en


Cost Estimates for 2014-15*

Use the Budget Worksheet to compare the below cost to your personal budget or living on campus at UMSL.

Tuition $3,789.60
HTH mandatory insurance $175.00
Books and course materials $100.00
Accommodations $1,650.00
Meals & Personal Expenses $1,550.00
Airfare $1,700.00
Local Transportation $400.00
Other $1,300.00
TOTAL $10,664.60

Course Equivalencies: Each student is responsible for researching what courses are available to take and for obtaining an UMSL equivalent course. The UMSL equivalent course number is the course for which you will receive credit on your UMSL transcript. Finding courses to take while you are abroad requires some time and research. More information is on the course equivalency page.

Upon Acceptance: Students will be required to submit supplemental materials, purchase HTH insurance, and participate in a mandatory orientation. More information will be distributed to all accepted students.

* UMSL tuition fees are based on 12 undergraduate credit hours at the 2014/15 rate - 2015/16 tuition rate TBA April 2015. Non-resident fees may apply.
* Costs are based off a five month semester. 
* Airline estimate based off of online search.
* Please note that expenses are ESTIMATES. Costs vary depending on the exchange rate, the inflation rate, individual spending habits, and amount of extra travel. The cost estimate above does not include visa expenses, personal expenses, independent travel, which vary widely from student to student.
* Program information is subject to change.
* Other includes semester constibution fee, German insurance, and orientation fees.



Some photos and text courtesy of Ruhr Bochum.