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Study Abroad Application

Next application deadline: 1 June 2020

For study abroad stays in the winter semester 2020/21.

You can apply online using the Online Portal for Outgoing Students of Ruhr-Universität Bochum.

The application only needs to be submitted electronically. We will confirm the receipt by email.
The recommendation letter can also be sent directly to the International Office (either by post or by email). In this case, please upload a short notice about that in your online application. Otherwise it will not possible to complete the application.

Required Documents

⯈ Curriculum vitae (about one to two pages) (German or English)

⯈ Motivation letter (about one to max. three pages) (German or English)
(Further information in German)
⯈ Transcript of Records (Can be downloaded via eCampus or FlexNow. Medical students please upload their “PJ-Reifeprüfung” (entrance examination for the practical year). A Transcript of Records issued by the Examination Office is also accepted.)

⯈ If applicable, copies of university diploma (Please note that a higher education entrance qualification certificate is no university diploma)

⯈ Recommendation letter issued by an academic staff member (about one to two pages) (German or English)

Usually university teachers send their recommendation letters directly to the International Office. In this case please upload a short note (PDF only). Please note that we cannot accept any recommendation letter handed in after the deadline. PDF only.

⯈ Language certificate (see below “Information on the Proof on Language Skills”)

⯈ Confirmation letter or e-mail by RUB exchange programme coordinator

⯈ Admission letter from the host university (can be handed in later)

⯈ Current RUB enrolment certificate

⯈ Proof of further funding (if applicable)

Information on the Proof on Language Skills

Please note that the proof of language skills is a mandatory part of your application. It cannot be accepted if handed in late.Please get in touch early if you have any questions or doubts about it.


The following certificates may be accepted:

⯈ DAAD language certifiate from the University Language Centre (ZFA)
(Further information)⯈ DAAD language certificates not issued by Ruhr-Universität Bochum
⯈ UniCert(Further information)⯈ Certificate of attendance for language courses
⯈ "Abitur" certificate
⯈ Bachelor degree in a philology
⯈ Certificate from a university teacher confirming sufficient language skills (incl. reasonable argumentation)
⯈ For French and Spanish: DELF, DELE
⯈ For Asian languages: JLPT, TOPIK, HSK

By way of exception, within the current submission round, all the certificates mentioned above can also be accepted if they are older than two years.

Other certificates, attestations, references or similar may be accepted by arrangement. In case of doubt, please contact the PROMOS team in advance!

PROMOS Criteria for Selection

All applicants are evaluated by a RUB internal selection committee consisting of members of various faculties. Approximately four weeks after the submission deadline, candidates will be determined in a selection meeting organised and coordinated by the International Office. The selection is based on the following criteria:

⯈ Academic records (40%)
⯈ Purpose of the stay (25%)
⯈ Motivation (12%)
⯈ Language skills (10%)
⯈ Letter of recommendation (8%)
⯈ Academic progress and potential (2%)
⯈ Extracurricular activities and interests (2%)
⯈ Formal requirements on the application documents (1%)

Usually it takes about six weeks to receive a response.

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