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PROMOS application for study abroad

Next application deadline: 1 June 2022

For study abroad at partner universities of Ruhr-Universität Bochum implemented within the framework of an exchange programme (except Erasmus) in the winter semester 2022/23.

Please apply via the Online portal for outbound students of Ruhr-Universität Bochum.

If you will be studying abroad in the summer semester 2023 within the framework of an exchange programme of Ruhr-Universität Bochum, the first PROMOS application deadline of the funding year 2023 applies to you: 1 November 2022.

Required documents for the online application

  • Curriculum vitae

About one to two pages; German or English

  • Motivation letter

About one to max. three pages; German or English (Further information in German)

  • Transcript of Records

Can be downloaded via eCampus or FlexNow. Medical students please upload their “PJ-Reifeprüfung” (entrance examination for the practical year). A Transcript of Records issued by the Examination Office is also accepted.

  • Copies of university diplomas (if applicable)

Please note that a higher education entrance qualification certificate is no university diploma.

  • Recommendation letter issued by an academic staff member from Ruhr-Universität Bochum

About one to two pages; German or English

Usually university teachers send their recommendation letters directly to the International Office. In this case please upload a short note (PDF). Please note that we cannot accept any recommendation letter handed in after the deadline.

  • Language certificate

Proving sufficient knowledge of the language of instruction.

For further details please see below: "Information on the proof of language skills required"!

  • Confirmation letter or e-mail by the exchange programme coordinator at Ruhr-Universität Bochum
  • Admission letter from the host university (can be handed in later)
  • Current enrolment certificate from Ruhr-Unversität Bochum
  • Proof of further funding (if applicable)

Information on the proof of language skills required

Please note that the proof of language skills is a mandatory part of your application. It cannot be accepted if handed in late and will only be accepted if it is not older than two years. Please get in touch early if you have any questions or doubts about it.

The following certificates may be accepted:

  • DAAD language certifiate (Further information)
  • UniCert (Further information)
  • Bachelor degree in a philology
  • For English: TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC, CAE, Duolingo
  • For French and Spanish: DELF, DELE
  • For Asian languages: JLPT, TOPIK, HSK

The following certificates can unfortunately not be accepted:

  • DAAD language certificates not issued by RUB
  • All the certificates mentioned above which are older than two years
  • Certificate of attendance for language courses
  • "Abitur" certificate

Selection criteria

All applicants are evaluated by an internal selection committee consisting of members of various faculties. Approximately four weeks after the submission deadline, candidates will be determined in a selection meeting organised and coordinated by the International Office. The selection is based on the following criteria:

  • Academic records
  • Purpose of the stay
  • Motivation
  • Language skills
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Academic progress and potential
  • Extracurricular activities and interests
  • Formal requirements on the application documents

Usually it takes about six weeks to receive a response.

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