German course

If you do not have any proof of a required language examination yet, you can apply online for the German courses in the German as a Foreign Language department.

You can attend courses at levels A1, A2, B1, B2 or C1. The courses last three months and several course periods are offered per year. The language courses are subject to a fee. For the time of the German course participation you may additionally be enrolled at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (additional approx. €330 social contribution per semester).

Further information on the language courses can be obtained directly from the German as a Foreign Language department.

Admission and visa

You can apply for a visa at the German Embassy with the admission that you receive from the German as a Foreign Language department. It is not, however, an admission to studies, but initially only for the language course. Once you have successfully completed the language courses, you can apply for the studies.

If you need to apply for a visa, please note that at least three months should elapse between the application and submission of the application documents and the start of the course.

Application procedure German course


  • Unfortunately, the DaF department doesn't accept any new applications for the German courses in the coming winter semester 2022/23. Please contact the DaF department directly if you have any questions regarding that:

    If you have previously applied for one of RUB's German courses, please contact the DaF department ( to inquire about what to do next.

    You can find some alternative German courses here:

  • The preparatory German courses of the department German as a Foreign Language (DaF) in the upcoming course periods starting in the summer semester of 2022 will be offered in attandance
  • The Ruhr-Universität Bochum reserves the right to increase the proportion of online classes and, in particular, to switch completely to online courses due to the pandemic.
  • Please contact the department German as a Foreign Language directly for the latest information.

Application online

To attend the intensive study-preparatory German courses at the DAF you have to apply online.

You can apply from the beginning of June until at least 15.07. for a winter semester and from the beginning of December until at least 15.01. for a summer semester.

If you would like to apply directly for several course levels (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1), please do so in one application.
Only the most recently received application is valid.

Please answer all of the questions carefully and truthfully. If you have any questions or problems, please contact our application hotline as soon as possible.

After completing the online application, you will receive a confirmation of receipt and the check sheet by e-mail.

On the check sheet, you will find the applicant number and all the information you need to send the documents to the Admission Office.

With the applicant number and your date of birth, you can view the status of your application at any time in the admissions information portal (Infoportal).

Submission of the documents

After the online application, you must send your complete application documents together with the check sheet to the address given there. Please note the stated date of confirmation.

Please only send complete application documents. It is not possible to send individual documents.

The following documents must be sent as certified copies:

  • University certificates with lists of individual grades and possibly a final degree certificate
  • Proof of completed university entrance examination (if available)
  • School leaving certificate (not required for completed studies)
  • Copy of passport (single copy)
  • Check sheet (single copy)

Only French or English certificates do not require a German translation.

We generally do not require CVs, letters of motivation, photos, internship and work references or letters of recommendation.

If you should have questions about the necessary documents, please contact our application hotline.

Further proceedings

Upon receipt of your application documents, we will check the formal requirements as soon as possible and whether you are eligible to study at our university (university entrance qualification, Hochschulzugangsberechtigung - HZB).

As soon as this examination has been completed positively, we will provide you with a registration form on the admissions information portal (Infoportal) and send your application documents back to you by post.

Please complete the registration form and send it, together with a copy of your passport, to the Department German as a Foreign Language. You will find the address and registration deadline on the registration form.

Continue to the Department German as a Foreign Language

Upon receipt of the registration form, you will receive an invoice from the Department German as a Foreign Language.

As soon as payment has been received, you will receive notification of admission from the Department German as a Foreign Language.

Please note: Once we have provided you with the registration form, the Admission Office will no longer be responsible for further processing, but rather the Department German as a Foreign Language. If you have any questions, please contact our colleagues there directly.

If you would like to enrol at Ruhr-Universität Bochum during your German course, the Department German as a Foreign Language will organize your enrolment.

You can find information for international students in the international portal of the International Office.

Application for international prospective students
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