Language Requirements

The language of teaching at Ruhr-Universität Bochum is German. However we also offer select international degree programmes which are taught in English. These international degree programmes set their own language requirements and have a separate application procedure.

In order to be able to study successfully in a german degree programme, a high standard of German language skills is required and a certificate from one of the following examinations can provide proof of this:

  • TestDaF with the grades 4 x 4 or 16 points
  • DSH examination (level 2 or 3)
  • ZOP examination, KDS, GDS or Certificate C2: GDS of the Goethe-Institut
  • German language diploma - DSD - II
  • ÖSD language diploma - C1
  • Certificate telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule

More information:

Application for German Course

If you cannot provide proof of sufficient German language skills you can apply for a German course. Ruhr-Universität Bochum offers German courses, from level A1 to B2. After passing the B2 level, a TestDaF preparation course and the Test-DaF examination will follow. (Please note that the German language courses have fees!)

Applications can be submitted until 15 January for the summer semester and 15 July for the winter semester. You can apply online for the preparatory language course at RUB.

Online Application

Infosheet Application German Language Course   (242.9 kB)

German Language Courses

International students can complete German language courses at different levels at RUB and in Bochum itself.

Contact - Admission Office

Ivana Lazic
Room: SSC 0 / 137
Karsten Alt
Room: SSC 0 / 228

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