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Ruhr University of Bochum
Bochum, Germany (Outgoing Program)
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|Program Type:||University Exchange||Language of Instruction:||German|
|Non-English Language Prerequisite:||4 Semesters||Housing Type:||Student Dormitories|
|Minimum GPA:||2.5||Non-English Language Learning Option(s):||Arabic, Catalan, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish|
|Study Abroad Adviser:||Jennifer Grover||University Name:||University of Bochum|
|Language Category:||Language Category C||Study Level:||Graduate, Undergraduate|
- The Ruhr-Universität Bochum, one of the largest universities in Germany, is on its way to becoming one of the leading European universities of the 21st century.
- The town of Bochum is located in the Ruhr area, which is one of the most densely populated regions of Europe.
- Part-time jobs and internships are available for exchange students!
This program is part of a consortium agreement. Students interested in this program should apply through the usual OU process. Ideally, students should start meeting with a study abroad advisor by February 1st of 2015 for a 2015-2016 or Spring 2016 semester.
- 2.5 Combined Retained GPA
- Required: 4 Semesters of College-Level German
- Recommended: 5 Semesters of College-Level German, including Advanced German Composition
- Passport (valid through six months after return from study abroad)
- 2 Recommendation Letters from an OU German professor and another OU professor
- Host University Application
- Residence Permit
All areas of study, except Psychology and the following Master’s programs: Human Rights, Humanitarian Assistance, Development Management, and European Culture and Economy, are open to exchange students. All undergraduate classes are only taught in German. Exchange students can search for classes on the general course catalogue, the international course catalogue, and at the Center for Foreign Language Acquisition. Most courses only meet for two hours per week. For that reason, exchange students usually take six courses each semester.
A three-week orientation course, consisting of a German language course and a supplementary program with excursions, special lectures and guided tours, is also available before the semester begins.
To see courses previously taken by OU students at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum and their OU equivalents click the following link: .
Winter Semester: October 1 to March 31
Lecture Period: October 6 to February 6
Summer Semester: April 1 to September 30
Lecture Period: April 7 to July 17
Since this program is a University Exchange program you will pay OU tuition/fees and insurance to the OU Bursar and housing/meals/living expenses to Ruhr-Universität Bochum.
Use this Ruhr-Universität Bochum Budget Sheet to help you plan for study abroad and compare programs!
There are number of scholarships available for study abroad students. Below is a partial list to get you started!
- Presidential International Travel Fellowship - need based scholarship for airfare
- Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship - a nationally competitive award for Pell grant recipients
- DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) - an undergraduate scholarship for students studying abroad at a university
The International Office reserves residence hall rooms for exchange students. The rooms are furnished and the costs for gas, electricity, heating and Internet are included in the rent.
Start by attending a Study Abroad 101 information session to learn the basics about study abroad as well as your next steps. Then, schedule an appointment with the study abroad adviser for Germany to move on to Phase 2!
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