Our Services for You

We are going the extra mile for you! Get on board and feel welcome from the very beginning.

We want to make your start as an international guest or new arrival as convenient as possible. To achieve this, we work hand in hand with colleagues from different departments of the university. Find out about our services for visiting and on-boarding researchers at Ruhr-University Bochum and University of Duisburg-Essen.

Welcome to RUB

International Office

RUB’s International Office helps international students, teachers, and researchers alike to find important information about their stay in Bochum. The International Portal offers a comprehensive overview on our university’s internationalization activities and networks.

Welcome Centre

No matter if you have questions or need guidance on finding accommodation, getting your visa, bringing your family, child care and schooling, opening a bank account, insurances, taxes, finding a sports club… you name it–RUB’s Welcome Centre is at your service! Get in touch directly with our colleagues or have a look at their guide for international researchers to get a first glimpse!

Language Courses

Even though the most common research language on campus is English, we think it is a good idea to learn German when you’re here in Bochum. And if you consider becoming a full professor in Germany, you need to achieve a certain level of German proficiency to handle teaching. There are many language courses available, most of them free of charge.

Equal Opportunities

Every individual shapes our university with their unique qualities and skills, with their qualification and personality. This is why RUB ensures gender equality, promotes equal opportunities for people with disabilities, and nurtures cultural diversity. This also includes our status as a family-friendly university with various services to foster equal opportunities and diversity on campus!

Welcome to UDE

International Office

The International Office is the central service office for international contacts of the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE). We are happy to help foreign scholars and the inviting UDE institutes to deal with bureaucratic obstacles and everyday problems. We offer counselling and support to individual UDE professors, research groups and departments by taking care of collaborations between universities, by establishing contacts with partner universities and with international projects.


Welcome Services

We offer services for international researchers (doctoral students, Postdocs and senior researchers) as well as their host chairs. We support you in preparing and carrying out your stay at the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE). We help you with all organisational aspects of your stay at the university and in Germany.


Language Courses

Usually the main language of teaching and communicating in the faculties is German. However, numerous visiting researchers at the University of Duisburg-Essen get by very well without any knowledge of German. If you are interested in taking language classes to learn German or to improve your language skills, you will find various courses at the University of Duisburg-Essen.


Equal Opportunities

How can we create fair education? How can we support every motivated talent on their way to a successful degree, independent of gender, ethnic, or social background? How can we, for example, support women in science even better? These are questions that move and motivate us. Therefore, we not only talk about equal opportunities, we live them. We were the first university in Germany to create a vice-rectorate for diversity management. Here you find more information on our diversity management.