Universities in Bochum

Bochum has eight higher institutions of learning, such as Ruhr-Universität and several universities of applied sciences, which focus primarily on technical, arts and social programs.

Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Ruhr-Universität is one of the largest universities in all of Germany, with an enrollment of over 42,000, and 5,800 of those being international students. Focusing on science and research, this is also the oldest university in the Ruhr region. Featuring over 45 university partnerships, there are 300 partnerships at the faculty level and 17 programs for dual degrees. There are also 13 different study programs that are offered completely in English.

The RUB is quickly becoming one of Europe’s leading institutions of higher learning, and nearly all of the courses are available for both Bachelor’s and Master’s programs. Additionally, the RUB Research School is a renowned international college doctoral research, focusing on engineering, the life sciences, natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities. Students may also experience the Cluster of Excellence RESOLV (Ruhr Explores Solvation), along with interfaculty and interdisciplinary Research Departments.

Some other interesting facts about the RUB include:

  • This large campus is about the collective size of 630 football fields.

  • The primary area used by the university is about 52 football fields.

  • The RUB is the largest employer in the city of Bochum.

Hochschule Bochum University of Applied Sciences

Th largest university of applied sciences in Bochum is the Hochschule Bochum University of Applied Sciences, with over 7,000 students and 450 staff members. It specializes in engineering and business courses, with great acknowledgments in Electromobility.

They offer more than 50 Bachelor’s course, all designed to assist in establishing careers. Part-time courses can go through 13 semesters, allowing students the ability to study or add to their degrees, while still maintaining their current profession. There are also 15 Master's courses offered.

Most of the professors and teaching staff at the University of Applied Sciences work in service or manufacturing, which allows them to keep a strong link to the industry. In most studies, the final stage of the course includes real-world experience with a company or organization. Many students move on to employment within the same company.

To help with acclimation, there is a Buddy Program. A German student will help provide answers regarding your courses, as well as introduce you to some of the areas of the city, including things to do and places to eat near your student accommodation in Bochum.

Technische Fachhochschule Georg Agricola

Founded in 1816 as a school of mining, the Technische Fachhochschule Georg Agricola is a private technical university of applied sciences. Courses are offered in engineering and technology, including its origins in mining. THGA graduates are appreciated by area companies, primarily because of their practical and theoretical education.

Due to the fact that is a private, state-approved institution, it maintains partnerships with international and industry contacts. The THGA offers eight Bachelor’s and five Master’s programs. The enrollment is over 2,200, and about 10 percent are international students from over 30 different companies.

Students love the close-knit feel of this university, where everyone seems to know just about everyone. The lecture halls are small and do not get over-crowded. International students may take any of the courses offered, and programs are available on a full-time or part-time basis.

Student associations


AIESEC is a global, independent and non-political organization, which is organized and run entirely by students. AIESEC has a worldwide network, which offers over 10,000 opportunities to intern abroad. Internships, mostly paid, are available in Economics, Development Management and Information Technology.

ESN Bochum

The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is one of the most popular student associations across the globe at 396 universities in 36 countries, and the chapter in Bochum is no exception. Their main goal is to ensure that international students become familiar with their surroundings and receive any available assistance. They also organize a full social and professional calendar, including workshops, meetings and parties.


IAESTE internships are offered to students wanting to spend a semester or two abroad in the areas of science, engineering, agriculture and forestry. Founded in 1948, IASTE finds paid internships for students interested in engineering and science during the summer months. This also provides students with a clear glimpse into the culture and the lives of the residents when living in Bochum.

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