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. Now one of the largest higher education institutions in the country, it is a beneficiary of top German research funding organisation, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.

RUB was among the first universities in Germany to offer international BA and MA degrees, replacing the traditional German Diplom and Magister. Today, across its 20 faculties, it serves around 43,000 students. Roughly 3,380 of these are international and a further 2,000 are international with a German university entrance qualification.

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 45 partnerships in place with universities in 25 different countries. At a faculty level, the figure rises to 300 universities in 62 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

Key Statistics:
  • 42,718
  • 61.2
    Student:Staff Ratio
  • 13%
    International Students
  • 49 : 51
    Female:Male Ratio

Subjects offered at Ruhr University Bochum

Where we are


Universitsstrasse 150
44801 Bochum