More about Ruhr University Bochum

Founded in 1962, Ruhr-University Bochum (RUB) was the first new public university to be established in Germany following World War II. It is now one of the largest higher education institutions in the country.

RUB was among the first universities in Germany to offer international BA and MA degrees, replacing the traditional German Diplom and Magister. Today, across about 20 faculties, it serves tens of thousands of students. 

The university comprises 20 core faculties, five collaborative research centres, six research units and seven research departments with faculties split between four main disciplines, including 11 for the humanities, five for natural sciences, three for engineering and one for medicine.

Its research priorities are many and varied, ranging from Religious Studies to the Closed Carbon Cycle Economy.

The university’s funding is drawn from a number of different areas including the German Research Foundation, Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the European Union and other private and public bodies.

Across the institution, RUB has multiple partnerships in place with universities in about 25 different countries. At a faculty level, the figure rises to some 300 universities in about 60 countries.

In addition to its international students, RUB hosts around 500 incoming exchange students each year and sends the same number abroad on outgoing programmes. Several of its degree programmes are taught in English, including some double and joint degree programmes.

The university’s primary locations is in the city of Bochum, in Germany’s south-easterly Arnsberg region, with an overseas presence in New York, Moscow and Rio de Janeiro.

Its Bochum campus houses extensive botanical gardens, the centrepiece for which is the Chinese water garden that was built with the help of Shanghai's Tongji University.

Key statistics

  • 42,718
    Number of Students
  • 61.2
    Student to Staff Ratio
  • 13%
    Percentage of International Students
  • 49 : 51
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
Collected during World University Rankings on 28th Sep 2016

Subjects offered at Ruhr University Bochum

Where we are


Universitsstrasse 150
44801 Bochum