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Your studies at RUB


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Course offer

Exchange students at the Faculty of Social Science may select courses and modules from any degree programme offered by our and any other faculty. This also includes courses offered by our partner universities in the University Alliance (UA) Ruhr:

  • University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE)
  • Technical University Dortmund (TU)

Students enrolled at RUB can attend lectures and seminars at the partner institutions without additional cost (also a public transport ticket is issued automatically upon matriculation).

 Common Course Catalogue WS 22_23

Course catalogues

All courses are enlisted in our course catalogues:

Sowi-Info (all courses offered by the faculty - German & English)

Summer Term 2021    ► Winter Term 2020/21

Summer Term 2020    ► Winter Term 2019/20

Summer term 2019     ► Winter term 2018/19  

Summer term 2018     ► Winter term 2017/18              

International Course Catalogue RUB (all courses in English offered at RUB)

Summer Term 2021      ► Winter Term 2020/21

Summer Term 2020      ► Winter Term 2019/20

Summer term 2019       ► Winter term 2018/19   

Summer term 2018       ►Winter term 2017/18         

Common Course Catalogue RUB-UDE (all courses in English at RUB and UDE)

Summer Term 2021

Summer Term 2020     ► Winter Term 2019/20

Summer term 2019      ► Winter term 2018/19  

Summer term 2018      ►Winter term 2017/18       


Campus Rub





Support in academic issues (choosing courses, developing an individual timetable etc.)

Pre-arrival information

Orientation day

  Support in all non-academic issues (e.g. accomodation, visa, financial matters)

Orientation week /orientation course

Registration at the university


Ub Buecherregale

Additional offer by the faculty


Ub Arbeitsplaetze

Additional offer by the university

Cafeteria workshops provide an introduction to methodological research approaches. This includes sessions on analysis tools such as Stata or MaxQDA as well as topics in the field of research design.

Our internship and career counselling office invites alumni to explain their own career paths and show current students new possibilities in regard to what a degree in Social Science can lead to.

The project offers research related consultation and seminars to students planning on writing an empirical (quantitative and qualitative) Bachelor or Master thesis.

Our alumni association promotes networking and dialogue between students, graduates and teachers and organises several events, excursions and workshops throughout the semester.



LANGUAGE CLASSES - usual language classes and classes for academic writing in foreign language.

WRITING AID CENTER - Peer Counselling and Workshops (also with CP) and more, including „Scientific term papers in German as a foreign language“.

CAREER SERVICE - Workshops and Counselling that may help you find a job, an internship or new approaches to career planning (including “Applying for jobs in Germany”, held in English).

SPRACHCAFÉ - LANGUAGE PRACTICE MEET UP - an ideal meeting point for everyone interested in practicing and improving one‘s own foreign language skills and meeting people from all over the world.

UNIVERSITY SPORTS - 350 sports courses of 90 different kinds of sport: from badminton to windsurfing.

CENTRE OF THE ARTS - courses and events in various artistic disciplines, e.g. painting, theatre or music


Life in Bochum

Bochum is situated in the heart of the Ruhr area - a metropolitan area with fascinating urban culture of unique dynamics. Once one of the most important industrial regions in Europe, the region has reinvented itself to become one of the Europe's most important centres of education, science and research.

Bochum has undergone considerable changes as well. From what was once a coal mining town, the city has evolved into a key scientific centre and a site brimming with culture. Industrial giants have been transformed into thriving new spaces for leisure activities, art and culture. It is these that shape the image of a major, modern city, promising exceptional experiences to international students.

More information on culture in Bochum can be found in the Guide of International Office and at the University portal

 Here are just the few annual highlights:

Annual events in Bochum

Photo: Stadt Bochum, Referat für Kommunikation



Rub Sommerfest
Photo: RUB, Schirdewahn

RUB Summer festival                                                 

A night of industrial culture in June: "Extraschicht takes former industrial plants, active production facilities, mines, and scillfully turns them into the venues of industrial culture, making clear the transformation from heavy industry to a modern region of business and culture" (City of Bochum)


Ruhr-Universität celebrated its annual summer festival in June. Each year countless activities and events take place on this day disributed over the whole campus, e.g. concerts, theater plays, a Street Food Festival, sport events, children's programme. The summer festival is rounded off by spectacular fireworks.        

Kemnader See
Photo: Stadt Bochum, Referat für Kommunikation

Kemnade in Flames


Photo: Bochum Marketing GmbH, Michael Grosler

Christmas market

Kemnade Lake is a popular destination for sailors and surfers, but also cyclists, skaters and joggers. Each summer around June an open air event "Kemnade in Flammen" offers numerous live concerts, a Street Food Market and fantastic fireworks.


Every year hundreds of thouthands of visitors enjoy the festive atmosphere at one of the best Christmas markets in the Ruhr region: over 200 lovingly decorated stalls, a medieval market square, traditional Christmas music and shining lights.


ERASMUS Coordination/ International Services

Sarah Zurek

Room: GD 1/161
Consultation hours

Tel.: +49 (0)234 32-22966
E-mail: international-services@sowi.rub.de



Academic Calender

Incoming Info

Incoming Info

Newsletter for International Students

This Newsletter of the International Office will inform you about current activities and events on campus offered by the International Office, other university facilities and various other interesting events and happenings in the surrounding area.
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Explore Bochum with us!


Networking is a keyword for ERASMUS. With the buddy-programme of the faculty you will get to know local students, who may not just give some useful tipps for the studies, but also show you the city from their special perspective! Find out more and apply here.

Erasmus Student Network (ESN)

ESN is the biggest students' association in Europe and ESN Bochum is the oldest ESN section in Germany. Since nearly 25 years it organizes different events: cultural evenings, trips, parties, regulars' tables, Social ERASMUS projects to make your stay in Bochum an unforgettable experience! 

Esn Bochum

Industriekultur RUHR

Discover sites of industrial culture in the Ruhr Valley: Restaurants and street food festivals, theatre and comedy, thrilling events and sporting activities, outdoor cinemas and markets, concerts and shows!