Internationals: Application for a Master’s Degree

Have you already completed your studies abroad, have no German citizenship and would like to study for a Master’s degree at Ruhr-Universität Bochum? The application is both easy and paperless to do online.

The online application is only possible during limited periods:

  • For the winter semester:
    from the beginning of June to 15 July
  • For the summer semester:
    from the beginning of December to 15 January

Go directly to the online application

Please note that you must apply for all degree programmes (with restricted admission and free admission). Only a few degree programmes (such as Lasers and Photonics, Computational Engineering, IMOS and ICAMS) have their own application procedures, for which the application periods may also be different. Please seek information on the degree programme’s website. You will find this together with contacts and initial information in the overview of the programmes offered.


Application process Master’s degrees

Application online

For the winter semester, you can apply online from the beginning of June to 15 July.

For the summer semester, you can apply online from the beginning of December until 15 January.

If you wish to apply for several Master’s degree programmes, you can apply online for up to 12 degree programmes in a single online 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 applicant hotline as soon as possible. The applicant hotline will be happy to advise you in German and English.

Start online application

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

On the check sheet, you will find the application number and all the information you need to upload the documents to the admissions information portal (Infoportal).

Upload of the documents

To upload your application documents to the admissions information portal (Infoportal), log in with your applicant number and your date of birth.

All documents must be uploaded by 15 January (summer semester) or 15 July (winter semester).

Depending on the degree programme and the information you have provided, you will find upload fields for the required documents there.

These are usually:

  • Proof of the passed language test (German)
    You can find the accepted proof of language proficiency here.
  • Scan of the original degree certificate and an officially certified translation of the degree certificate (German or English)
  • List of subjects and grades
  • Copy of the passport
  • Possible proof of other language skills (English)
  • APS certificate (only for applicants from China, Vietnam or India)
    Please note collective APS for other universities are not accepted!
  • Essay (only for certain degree programmes)

We generally do not require CVs, letters of motivation, photos or letters of recommendation.

Only after you have completed all the uploads or waived the optional uploads your application can be processed further. Your status in the admissions information portal (Infoportal) will then be “Application ist being processed”.

Each upload can only take place once. The uploaded document will no longer be visible to you after the upload. Please make sure that the document is legible and not upside down.
The upload must be in PDF format and must not exceed 5 MB in size.

Admission information portal

If you should have questions about the necessary documents or uploading, please contact our Application hotline, which will advise you in German or English.

Examination and admission procedure

Faculty examinations

As soon as you have completed your application and your status has changed to “Application is being processed” in the admissions information portal (Infoportal), your documents will be forwarded to the faculty.

It will then be checked whether your studies from abroad are recognised for the desired master’s degree programme. This concerns substantial and subject-specific requirements. If you should have questions, please contact the subject-related counselling service for the degree programme. You can find all of the contacts in the programmes offered.

The examination at the faculty may take some time. Please be patient and refrain from asking questions during this time. As soon as we receive a result, you will be informed in the admissions information portal (Infoportal).

Admission procedure

If you meet the substantive, subject-specific and formal requirements, you automatically take part in the admission procedure. We will convert the grade of your degree abroad into the German grade system.

If you take part in the admission procedure, you will either be issued notification of admission directly in the admissions information portal (Infoportal) or you will be shown the status “Currently no admission approval” " and your position on the waiting list. As soon as all study places have been allocated and you have not received admission, you will receive a letter of rejection.

Admission information portal

The admission procedure can theoretically run until the end of October (for a winter semester) / until the end of April (for a summer semester). Please understand that we cannot assess your chances of admission.

Accepting admission

If you have received a notification of admission and would like to study at Ruhr-Universität, you must accept your university place in the information portal in due time. You will find the deadline for acceptance in the notification of admission. Acceptance takes place in the information portal.


Enrolment or change of degree programme is only possible within the period stated in your notification of admission.

You will find the documents you have to submit online when enrolling as a PDF list on the Registrar's Office website.

Once you have been admitted, you will have to have an obligatory counselling interview with the academic counselling service for almost every degree programme. Please note the information on this in your notification of admission. You must upload the proof of the interview when you enrol online or it will be digitally confirmed by the faculty.

You start online enrolment after you have accepted your place of study via the Admissions Information Portal.

Further information for international students

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

Application for international prospective students
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