International Office

Events & recreational activities

All dates at a glance

  • 05. October 2021: Welcome Hour with RUB Research School (Online)
  • 25. October 2021: Tour through the Botanical Garden
  • 06. November 2021: Tour through the Botanical Garden
  • 17. November 2021: Get to know Germany (Online)
  • 23. November 2021: Health Insurance in Germany (Online, hosted by Universität Duisburg-Essen)
  • 25. November 2021: Tour Bergbau-Museum
  • 1. December 2021: Meet the Expert: Residence Law (Online)
  • 11. December 2021: Bochum Bus Tour
  • 13. December - 19. December 2021: Virtual Tour through Haus der Geschichte in Bonn (Video on Demand)
  • 13. January 2022: Escape Game (Online)
  • 26. January 2022: Meet the Expert: Income Tax in Germany (Online)

Cultural tip of the week

photograph of the outside of the DASA building

As the bad weather is currently encouraging us to do more indoors, use the weekend to visit the exhibition on artificial intelligence at the DASA in Dortmund. Five different thematic areas show how artificial intelligence is changing our lives. For instance, application areas from the household, the working world and smart city are presented. The exhibition looks at the advantages and disadvantages of artificial intelligence - how it can make our lives easier, but also how it can cause dangers and problems. The interactive exhibition is free of charge and can be visited until August 2022.

Hanna Kloza

All events

Please register via our registration form. Your registration is also required for the Videos on Demand.

For all events in attendance, wear a medical mask and bring a proof of immunization, proof of testing or proof of recovery.

October 5, 2021: Welcome Hour with RUB Research School

This event is aimed particularly at our new, international PhD students. Together with the RUB Research School, we will give you an overview of our services. While the Research School will support you especially with academic issues during your stay, the Welcome Centre will advise you on visa and residence, insurances, bureaucratic matters, free time activities etc. Furthermore, we will give you an overview of our events in the upcoming semester that you are most welcome to join.

You will also have the opportunity to ask questions.

We are looking forward to seeing you!

Date : Tuesday, October 5, 2021, 4 - 5 p.m.
Format : online via Zoom
Cost : free of charge
Registration by: October 3, 2021 via our registration form

October 25, 2021& November 6, 2021: Tour through the Botanical Garden

This tour is for everyone who would like to know more about the diversity of plants on our planet or is looking for peace and quiet in nature. The Botanical Garden of the Ruhr-Universität is an exotic oasis that is worth a visit at any time of the year. With an area of 13 hectares and over 10,000 different plant species, it is one of the largest botanical gardens in Germany. As part of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, the Botanical Garden is primarily used for research and teaching. But the public is also welcome to come and learn more about science and plants.

Date: Monday, October 25, 2021, at 4 pm & Saturday, November 6, 2021, at 2 pm
Meeting point: In front of the University library
Cost: free of charge
Registration by: October 21 and November 4, 2021 via our registration form (Places are limited)

November 17, 2021: Get to know Germany

The event "Get to know Germany" is aimed to make visiting scholars familiar with their new home. Furthermore, we would like to offer you the opportunity to meet and interact with other visiting scholars, to learn more about Germany and what to expect in a German research and living environment. The event is led by Judith Berns. She has been working for the Welcome Centre for International Scholars at the University of Cologne since 2014. She organizes Intercultural Trainings in the form of workshops, seminars, etc. and also works as a Lecturer. Judith Berns received her Master's degree in Intercultural Communication and Education.

Date: Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 5:00 – 7:30 pm
Format: online via Zoom
Cost: free
Registration by: November 15, 2021 via our registration form (Places are limited)

23. November 2021: Health Insurance in Germany (hosted by Universität Duisburg-Essen)

Health insurance is mandatory for all residents of Germany and basically there are two different options: public health insurance and private health insurance. During this info event, you will learn from Matthias Kurzawski (Techniker Krankenkasse) everything about the German public health insurance scheme and from Alex Ruthemeier (DEGIS) about private health insurance options. As every situation is individual, both speakers offer personal consultations after the info event.

This event is hosted by Universität Duisburg-Essen.

Date: Tuesday, November 23, 2021, 1:00-2:00 pm
Format: online via Zoom
Cost: free
Registration by: November 17, 2021 via the registration form of Universität Duisburg-Essen

November 25, 2021: Tour at the Bergbau-Museum

If you want to get to know Bochum and the Ruhr area better, you should not miss a visit to the Mining Museum. During the guided tour in the permanent exhibition, you will learn a lot about the history of mining. Also part of the tour is the tower trip to the viewing platform. From here, you have a wonderful view of the Ruhr area. However, to give you a feeling for the work in open-pit mining, we will take you to the underground demonstration mine.

Date: Thursday, November 25, 2021 at 3:30 pm
Meeting point: In front of the main entrance of the museum
Cost: 4,50€
Registration by: November 15, 2021 via our registration form (Places are limited)

December 1, 2021: Meet the Expert: Residence Law

The Residence Law in Germany is an important topic for all visiting scientists and researchers from abroad. For this reason, we offer this semester a lecture by Ms. Nina Markovic and Mr. Martin von Borstel, who are lawyers for migration law and will answer your questions on the topic of residence law. We kindly ask you to send us your questions about residence law up to three weeks before the information event. If you register for the event using our registration form, you will have the opportunity to enter your questions about the right of residence, residence titles, etc. in a free text field.

After the presentation on the topic, there will be an opportunity to ask the experts general questions.

Date: Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at 5 pm
Format: online via Zoom
Cost: free of charge
Registration by: November 10, 2021 via our registration form

December 11, 2021: Bochum Bus Tour

The bus tour takes us past numerous sights, industrial culture and to the green sides of Bochum. After a first tour through RUB’s surroundings we will have a break at the Blankenstein Castle in Hattingen and explore the beautiful area around the castle. After the break, we will continue the tour through Bochum by bus and end it back on campus.

Please note: If you intend to bring children with you to the event, please tell us the children’s age.

Date: Saturday, December 11, 2020, 2 pm
Meeting point: In front of the University library at 1:15 pm
Cost: 4,50 €
Registration by: November 25, 2021 via our registration form (Places are limited)

December 13 – December 19, 2021: Virtual tour of the “Haus der Geschichte” in Bonn; a Presentation on Postwar German History

Accompany us to Bonn to the fascinating "Haus der Geschichte" (“House of History”) - comfortably from home! This semester we are offering you a virtual tour through one of the most visited museums in Germany. Experience German history from 1945 to the present day by means of historical objects that have been brought to life for the visitors at the "Haus der Geschichte".

Date: Monday, December 13, 2021 – Sunday, December 19, 2021
Format: Online, Video on Demand
Cost: free of charge
Registration by: December 12, 2021 via our registration form

January 13, 2022: Online Escape Game

The Collaboration Space is a unique and digital simulation lab designed as an Escape Room.

As a team, you are immersed in the role of a research team that has to solve various challenging puzzles through collaborative actions with the goal of creating a sustainable way to disinfect water in developing countries.

Following the simulation experience, a guided video reflection takes place. The videos recorded during the simulation will be used exclusively for internal group reflection and will be destroyed after the reflection.

Aspects of group dynamics, especially own and collective behavior in the face of uncertainty and collaborative challenges are explored together and contribute to competence development on an individual and collaborative level.

No prior thematic knowledge is required for the Escape Game.

This event is organized by the Chair of Work Science.

Date: Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 4 pm
Format: online
Cost: free
Registration by: January 3rd via our registration form (Places are limited)

January 26, 2022: Meet the Expert: Income Tax in Germany

We would like to invite all international researchers, their families and hosts at RUB, who are interested in the topic of tax law with special regard to income taxation, to an information meeting.

Our expert will answer questions like:

When am I liable to income tax?

How is the income taxed that I receive for my research in Germany?

As an international researcher, do I have to submit a tax declaration?

Which aspects are important for married couples when the partners work in different countries?

After the presentation about the subject, there will be time for a Q&A with the expert.

Date: Wednesday, January 26, 2022 5 pm
Format: online via Zoom
Cost: free of charge
Registration by: Tuesday, January 24, 2022 via our registration form

Event registration

Other cultural and recreational activities

Bochum Innenstadt Bermuda3eck
What is there to discover in Bochum?
Sommerfest RUB Audimax
Culture and leisure

While on-site sports facilities must remain closed, online classes are still currently offered.

RUB's University Language Centre (ZFA) offers German courses every semester.

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