Application, Admission, Enrolment

Advanced Semesters

You already have qualifications to enter an advanced semester in your chosen degree programme? Let the respective faculty of Ruhr-Universität Bochum classify you in an advanced semester. However, if your chosen degree programme is also restricted in advanced semesters, you have to apply additionally at the Admissions Office.

Important note - Classification ≠ Recognition

Please contact the examination office of your elective course of study at an early stage for an accurate counselling and keep in mind: The recognition of previous credits/qualifications and the classification/placement in an advanced semester are two different processes.

Non-restricted study programes in advanced semesters

In degree programmes that are not-restricted in advanced subject semesters, you need a written classification certificate from the subject advisory service/examination office of the relevant degree programme at RUB.

If you have a classification certificate and a school leaving certificate from Germany (Abitur), you can enrol in Bochum without prior application or registration for the respective deadlines and will definitely receive a place at the university.

Which degree programmes are restricted at Ruhr University Bochum in advanced semesters?

Status: January 2024, Changes for future semesters will be communicated in due time.

Following subjects are restricted in advanced semesters at Ruhr-Universität Bochum:

Bachelor / Undergraduate degree programmes - summer semester

The following degree programmes are restricted in advanced semesters in summer semester 2024:

Biology (Bachelor 1-subject)

  • in summer semester restricted advanced semesters: 2nd semester
  • no entry for the summer semester in: 3rd and 5th semester
  • non-restricted: from 3th semester onwards

Biology (Bachelor 2-subjects)

  • in summer semester restricted advanced semesters: 2nd, 4th and 6th semester
  • no entry for the summer semester in: 3rd and 5th semester
  • non-restricted: no semester

Educational Science (Bachelor 2-subjects)

  • in summer semester restricted advanced semesters: 2nd to 6th semester
  • no entry for the summer semester in: -
  • non-restricted: no semester

    Culture, Individual and Society (Bachelor 2-subjects)

    • in summer semester restricted advanced semesters: 2nd, 3rd and 4th semester
    • no entry for the summer semester in: -
    • non-restricted: from 5th semester onwards

    Management and Economics (Bachelor 1-subject)

    • in summer semester restricted advanced semesters: 2nd and 3rd semester
    • no entry for the summer semester in: -
    • non-restricted: from 4th semester onwards

    Media Studies (Bachelor 2-subjects)

    • in summer semester restricted advanced semesters: 2nd semester
    • no entry for the summer semester in: 3rd and 5th semester
    • non-restricted: from 4th semester onwards

    Medicine -preclinic- (state examination)

    • in summer semester restricted advanced semesters: 2nd and 4th semester
    • no entry for the summer semester in: 3rd semester
    • non-restricted: no semester

      Medicine -clinic- (state examination)

      • in summer semester restricted advanced semesters: 2nd, 4th and 6th semester
      • no entry for the summer semester in: 1st, 3rd and 5th semester
      • non-restricted: no semester

      Politics, Economy and Society (Bachelor 2-subjects)

      • in summer semester restricted advanced semesters: 2nd, 3rd and 4th semester
      • no entry for the summer semester in: -
      • non-restricted: from 5th semester onwards

      Psychology (Bachelor 1-subject)

      • in summer semester restricted advanced semesters: 2nd, 4th and 6th semester
      • no entry for the summer semester in: 3rd and 5th semester
      • non-restricted: no semester

      Law (state examination)

      • in summer semester restricted advanced semesters: 2nd and 3rd semester
      • no entry for the summer semester in: -
      • non-restricted: from 4th semester onwards

      Sales Engineering and Prod. Management (Bachelor 1-subject)

      • in summer semester restricted advanced semesters: 2nd semester
      • no entry for the summer semester in: 3rd and 5th semester
      • non-restricted: from 3rd semester onwards

      Sports Science (Bachelor 1-subject)

      • in summer semester restricted advanced semesters: 2nd to 6th semester
      • no entry for the summer semester in: -
      • non-restricted: no semester

      Management and Economics - focus Management - (Bachelor 2-subjects)

      • in summer semester restricted advanced semesters: 2nd and 3rd semester
      • no entry for the summer semester in: -
      • non-restricted: from 4th semester onwards

      Management and Economics - focus Economics - (Bachelor 2-subjects)

      • in summer semester restricted advanced semesters: 2nd, 3rd and 4th semester
      • no entry for the summer semester in: -
      • non-restricted: from 5th semester onwards

      Bachelor / undergraduate study programmes - winter semester

      The following degree programmes are restricted in advanced semesters in winter semester 2023/2024:

      Biology (Bachelor 2-subjects)

      • in winter semester restricted advanced semesters: 3rd and 5th semester
      • no entry for the winter semester in: 2nd, 4th and 6th semester
      • non-restricted: no semester

      Educational Science (Bachelor 2-subjects)

      • in winter semester restricted advanced semesters: 2nd to 6th semester
      • no entry for the winter semester in: -
      • non-restricted: no semester

        Culture, Individual and Society (Bachelor 2-subjects)

        • in winter semester restricted advanced semesters: 2nd, 3rd and 4th semester
        • no entry for the winter semester in: -
        • non-restricted: from 5th semester onwards

        Management and Economics (Bachelor 1-subject)

        • in winter semester restricted advanced semesters: 2nd and 3rd semester
        • no entry for the winter semester in: -
        • non-restricted: from 4th semester onwards

        Media Studies(Bachelor 2-subjects)

        • in winter semester restricted advanced semesters: 3rd semester
        • no entry for the winter semester in: 2nd, 4th and 6th semester
        • non-restricted: from 4th semester onwards

        Medicine -pre clinic- (state examination)

        • in winter semester restricted advanced semesters: 3rd semester
        • no entry for the winter semester in: 2nd and 4th semester
        • non-restricted: no semester

          Medicine -clinic- (state examination)

          • in winter semester restricted advanced semesters: 1st, 3rd and 5th semester
          • no entry for the winter semester in: 2nd, 4th and 6th semester
          • non-restricted: no semester

          Politics, Economy and Society (Bachelor 2-subjects)

          • in winter semester restricted advanced semesters: 2nd, 3rd and 4th semester
          • no entry for the winter semester in: -
          • non-restricted: from 5th semester onwards

          Psychology (Bachelor 1-subject)

          • in winter semester restricted advanced semesters: 3rd and 5th semester
          • no entry for the winter semester in 2nd, 4th and 6th semester
          • non-restricted: no semester

          Law (state examination)

          • in winter semester restricted advanced semesters: 2nd and 3rd semester
          • no entry for the winter semester in: -
          • non-restricted: from 4th semester onwards

          Sports Science (Bachelor 1-subject)

          • in winter semester restricted advanced semesters: 2nd to 6th semester
          • no entry for the winter semester in: -
          • non-restricted: no semester

          Management and Economics - focus Management - (Bachelor 2-subjects)

          • in winter semester restricted advanced semesters: 2nd and 3rd semester
          • no entry for the winter semester in: -
          • non-restricted: from 4th semester onwards

          Management and Economics - focus Economics - (Bachelor 2-subjects)

          • in winter semester restricted advanced semesters: 2nd, 3rd and 4th semester
          • no entry for the winter semester in: -
          • non-restricted: from 5th semester onwards

          Master

          All of the Master's degree programmes listed below have admission restrictions in all advanced semesters.

          Cognitive Science (Master 1-subject)

          • in winter semester restricted in 3rd semester
          • in winter semester: no entry for the 2nd and 4th semester
          • in summer semester restricted in 2nd and 4th semester
          • in summer semester: no entry for the 3rd semester

          Economic Policy Consulting (Master 1-subject)

          • in winter and summer semester restricted in 2nd, 3rd and 4th semester

          Finance, Accounting, Controlling and Taxation (FAACT) (Master 1-subject)

          • in winter semester restricted in 3rd semester
          • in winter semester: no entry for the 2nd and 4th semester
          • in summer semester restricted in 2nd and 4th semester
          • in summer semester: no entry for the 3rd semester

          Management and Economics (Master 1-subject)

          • in winter and summer semester restricted in 2nd, 3rd and 4th semester

          Psychology, specializing in Cognitive Neuroscience (Master 1-subject)

          • in winter semester restricted in 3rd semester
          • in winter semester: no entry for the 2nd and 4th semester
          • in summer semester restricted in 2nd and 4th semester
          • in summer semester: no entry for the 3rd semester

          Psychology, specializing in Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy

          • in winter semester restricted in 3rd semester
          • in winter semester: no entry for the 2nd and 4th semester
          • in summer semester restricted in 2nd and 4th semester
          • in summer semester: no entry for the 3rd semester

          Work, Organizational and Business Psychology (Master 1-subject)

          • in winter semester restricted in 3rd semester
          • in winter semester: no entry for the 2nd and 4th semester
          • in summer semester restricted in 2nd and 4th semester
          • in summer semester: no entry for the 3rd semester

          Sales Management (Master 1-subject)

          • in winter and summer semester restricted in 2nd, 3rd and 4th semester

          Some degree programmes are no longer restricted from a certain semester onwards (see "non-restricted"). In this case, you have to show the respective classification in order to enrol (see above "Non-restricted study programes in advanced semesters").

          Application, admission and enrolment in restricted subjects (Bachelor- and Master-Degrees)

          For all degree programmes which are restricted in respective advanced semester (see info boxes), you have to apply to the Admissions Office of Ruhr-Universität Bochum by the deadline.

          Apply online and upload documents in due time

          The application period for advanced semesters starts at the beginning of February for a summer semester and at the beginning of August for a winter semester. The online application is unlocked until 15 March (for a summer semester) / 15 September (for a winter semester). During this application period, you must not only have applied, but also uploaded all necessary documents. If you have not uploaded any or uploaded not sufficient documents in the admissions information portal (Infoportal Zulassung) by the end of the application period, unfortunately your application cannot be accepted.

          To online application

          Documents to be uploaded

          Immediately after you have applied online, you will receive a confirmation email with a check sheet attached as a PDF file. All documents to be submitted are listed here. Please upload them to the admissions information portal so that your application can be taken into consideration if an allocation procedure should be carried out in your selected degree programme.

          • To help you prepare early for applying to an advanced semester, you can view the required documents for undergraduate programmes (Bachelor) in the PDF document below. There may be changes in each semester, so make sure that your documents are complete.

          Documents advanced semesters - undergraduate subjects

          Documents advanced semesters - Master

          Admissions information portal

          Information for students changing university/interrupting their studies

          Applicants who wish to apply for the admission to a degree programme in advanced semester must prove that they are definitively enrolled at a higher education institution within the EU for the chosen degree programme at the time of application or that they were definitively enrolled before this time.

          Information for crossover entrants/career changers

          Applicants who can prove that they have received sufficient credit for academic credits and/or periods of study from another degree programme or from a degree programme outside the EU related to the chosen degree programme (so-called crossover entrants/career changers) must enclose a notice of credit transfer, a classification certificate from the relevant examination office of the faculty of Ruhr-Universität Bochum or the transcripts of academic records with their application.

          Admission and enrolment

          You will be informed about your current application status and the admission or rejection letters via the Infoportal Zulassung. The decisions are published by the end of May for the summer semester and by the end of November for the winter semester. If you have received a letter of admission and would like to accept the place, please also complete the online enrolment via the Infoportal Zulassung. You will find all further information in the letter of admission.

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