International Office

Prospective students with a refugee background

The Ruhr University Bochum welcomes prospective students with refugee backgrounds and would like to support them with their start in Bochum. Here you will find an overview of the current offers of the International Office for prospective students with a refugee background.

Study preparation programme

With the Integra and the Übergangssemester programmes, the International Office offers preparatory courses consisting of language courses, specialist courses and preparatory classes for the acquisition of study-relevant competences. Once you have started your actual studies, the International Office will continue to support you with courses during your studies and a programme for integration into the labour market.


  • Provides prospective students with a refugee background systematic preparation for their studies at Ruhr University Bochum
  • Programme parts: 2-week onboarding course and Integra as an intensive programme
  • German courses (A1-C1 level), propaedeutic classes and individual counselling
  • Prepares for the TestDaF examination (recognised language examination for studying)
Studierende Gruppe Campus

The Ruhr University Bochum offers a study preparation programme especially for refugees.


You have already passed your final German examination qualifying you for your studies in Germany (e.g. TestDaF, telc C1 Hochschule or DSH II or III), but have not yet been able to apply for studies at Ruhr University Bochum?

The Übergangssemester offers participants the opportunity to use the time between their German examination and the start of their studies to attend preparatory language as well as specialised courses and lectures.

zwei Vortragende und eine Gruppe von Studierenden die ihnen zuhören

Prepare for your studies at Ruhr University with language and specialised courses.

International prospective students
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