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Language Courses

When studying or carrying out an internship abroad, it may be helpful or even necessary to learn the language of the host country or to improve your language skills. The best place to learn a foreign language is the country in which it is spoken. Therefore, you may consider taking language courses offered at universities or private language centres abroad. These centres usually offer a wide range of courses for beginners, advanced speakers and experts, dealing with topics related to tourism, academic or professional matters. You can consult the respective websites for more information on universities and language centres.
Additionally, you can improve your language skills in your home country before going abroad, for example at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) or other educational institutions such as Volkshochschulen (colleges of further education), private language centres, etc.
You may also wish to improve your language skills without further studying or interning abroad. In this case you have the opportunity to attend a language course lasting a few weeks or months.

ERASMUS: Language Courses for Study Purposes

RUB students who study abroad through the ERASMUS Programme in the academic year 2019/20 may attend a language course in the host country before the start of the semester and get ERASMUS funding at the same time. The language course needs to take place at an institution of higher education in the host country (it does not have to be the host university) directly before the start of the semester. Students may receive funding for language courses that are between two and four weeks long and are offered in the language spoken in the host country. The language course needs to comprise at least 20 lessons per week. The period of the language course will be funded with the same scholarship rates as the rest of the ERASMUS studies abroad.

To apply for the language course funding please send an email containing the following information: Start and end date of the language course, amount of lessons tought, name of the language course provider, language of instruction (i.e. a web address) and a confirmation of registration. Please give us the information no later than 15 July if your stay abroad starts in the next winter semester and no later than 15 December if your stay abroad starts in the next summer semester. Please send the email to
When concluding your stay abroad please submit an official language certificate in English. The certificate needs to contain the exact start and end date of the language course, the amount of lessons tought, the name of the language course provider, the language of instruction as well as the language level. You can send a scan of the language certificate to

University Language Centre at RUB (ZFA)

You have the opportunity to take language courses at the University Language Centre (ZFA). It offers courses in German, Arabic, Swedish, Spanish, French, and many more languages. In addition to these language courses which are available at various levels, you may also like to consult the Tandem Placement Service (language exchange partner).

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Bochum University Institute of Intensive Language Training (LSI)

The Bochum University Institute of Intensive Language Training (LSI) offers intensive language courses in languages such as Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Arabic, Persian, Turkish and Russian.

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