International

The UA Ruhr universities cooperate with academic and research institutions around the world and are involved in numerous networks. Our UA Ruhr liaison offices are your international gateway to the Ruhr Area. Located in New York, Moscow and São Paulo, the liaison offices promote international exchange, foster research collaborations and provide the organizational framework to support joint academic projects.

The universities of UA Ruhr cooperate with hundreds of universities and institutions around the world. In 2013, the UA Ruhr universities have adopted a Mission Statement for their joint liaison offices.

Detailed information about the range of services for students, teachers and researchers are available at the liaison offices’ websites.

Liaison offices:

  • Serve as a first point of contact for international students and researchers interested in UA Ruhr institutions
  • Support student and faculty exchange
  • Develop and deepen research contacts
  • Organize summer programs and group study visits
  • Help international guests find funding for teaching, study, and research in the Ruhr area
  • Initiate new forms of collaboration between UA Ruhr and international institutions
  • Keep in touch with friends and alumni from the Ruhr area

The website of each office provides additional information about its service range for students, teachers, and researchers from the respective country. Please don’t hesitate to contact our liaison offices if you have any questions or require assistance with choosing the UA Ruhr university program or partner that best fits your interests.

UA RUHR LIAISON OFFICES

Liaison Office New York

Info-Flyer (Englisch)

University Alliance Ruhr New York
871 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017
Tel. +1 (212)-758-3384
Mail: rosenbaum@uaruhr.org

Liaison Office Moscow

Studienbrücke-Flyer (Deutsch)

Novosushchevskaya ul. 22
127994 Moscow
Tel: +7(495)-6842966
Mail: info@uaruhr.ru

Liaison Office Latin America

Info-Flyer (Portugese)

Info-Flyer (Spanish)

São Paulo

Liaison Office Latin America
c/o Centro Alemão de Inovação e Ciência São Paulo (DWIH)
Rua Verbo Divino 1488
04719-904 São Paulo - SP
Tel.: +55 (11) 5189 8314
Email: stephan.hollensteiner@uaruhr.de

Liveblog: US-Top students visit the UA Ruhr / Ruhr-Fellowship Program June-July 2017

Introduction 

Hi! My name is Jeah Clemente and I will be a senior in the fall at UC Berkeley. I am an Integrative Biology major with hopes to attend medical school in the near future! This summer, I will be spending two months in the North Rhine-Westphalia region as a Ruhr Fellow; I’ll be taking a German language immersion class for a month followed by working an internship with the company Contilia. I feel very lucky to be part of the Ruhr Fellowship program because it’s brings together some of the most talented students from top American universities and offers us the amazing opportunity to see some of the behind-the-scenes action in the industry sector – an opportunity not many students get to see in their undergraduate careers! I’m thrilled to be spending my time in Essen, Germany, as this is my first time visiting Europe, and I’m writing this blog to share my experiences with you. Before I got to Germany, I had no clue what the Ruhr Fellowship really was all about other than I’d be learning some German for a month and working with a company the next month. When Ashlee, our student assistant coordinator, emailed us our schedule for the entire program, I was surprised and incredibly excited to see how busy our days would be the first month of the program! The schedule showed that our weeks consisted of company visits, excursions regarding the Essen area and its history, as well as language classes and optional social activities. Our first month schedule has us traveling all around the NRW area, which I’ve found to be such a great opportunity to experience the neighboring cities from our home base in Essen.

Week 1:
Right before I got to Germany, I planned a solo travel trip to Paris. It was the first European country I had ever visited and I.FELL.IN.LOVE! The timelessness of the city, the gorgeous architecture, and the breathtaking views made me feel like I was in a dream because, literally, everywhere and every time I walked around, I was in awe of how amazing the city looked! I also loved how I’d try to plan a general itinerary for my days, as I definitely wanted to fit in sight seeing the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dam, the Louvre, and so forth, but what I found to be so invaluable was meeting Paris locals during breakfast or dinner, chatting with them about their experiences living in Paris, and hanging out with them as they showed me their view of the city. I came in to Paris feeling like a tourist and left feeling like I experienced a glimpse of what it would be like to be a Paris native!

After my few days in Paris, I traveled to Germany and landed at Düsseldorf airport. Florian, the big man in charge of setting the whole program up (who us Ruhr Fellows are so thankful for and are completely obsessed with!!!), was at the airport waiting for fellows to land and later showed us how to get from the airport to the city of Essen via the train. When we got to Essen, we were greeted by our “buddies”, university students, and they showed us how to get to our apartments, which are located very close to the university. When I walked into my apartment, I was astonished at how spacious and modern the whole set up was! Each Ruhr fellow shares a flat with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and even a kitchen!!! Later that day, I met my roommate, Brooke, and all we could do was rave about how awesome our living situation was and how excited we were to finally start this program.

The evening after move-in, the Ruhr Fellows, our buddies, and Ashlee went out to a local bar to have a little meet and greet with one another. I remember finally being able to hear everyone’s names and got to find out a little more about who everyone was. From then on, I knew that the summer was going to be fantastic because the Ruhr Fellowship brought together such down-to-earth, amusing, and genuine people to experience Germany. The following evening, we all went on a bar crawl and found an Irish pub that we all agreed we needed to go back to whenever they have karaoke nights! The rest of the weekend along with the following Monday were free days, as Germany was experiencing a bank holiday, and I spent that time catching up on sleep and hanging out and getting to know the other fellows.

The first official event we all went to was a welcome lunch hosted by the Initiativkreis Ruhr GmbH. We were welcomed with a presentation led by Michael Keller, Consul General of the USA in Düsseldorf, Dr. Thomas Lange, a co-presenter of the initiative circle for Ruhr, and Dirk Opalka, the managing director of the Initiativkreis Ruhr GmbH. The lunch was a great way to get introduced to the people supporting all of us with this amazing opportunity to branch out with companies in the Ruhr area and overall create transatlantic relationships that will carry on long after the fellowship program ends. I felt very taken care of and very lucky to have had the experience to meet such important figures who work every day to try to create a greener Germany all the while consistently working on foreign relationships and supporting cooperation with one another.


The plans for the rest of the first week were company visits, a coal mine visit, and language classes. Each Ruhr fellow was matched with a company that relates to the fellow’s educational background and interests. I got matched with Contilia, a healthcare company that has branches of hospitals, kindergartens, and senior homes all throughout the NRW area.  When I came to my company visit, I was told that I’d be working in a microbiology lab within the hospital. I was THRILLED to hear this as I get to finally have some “wet-lab” experience since most of my lab experience at Berkeley has been with a “dry-lab”.

After our company visits, we got to go underground and tour RAG, the last working coal mine of Germany. The experience was remarkable; meeting the prideful coalminers and seeing the manual labor they all endured on a daily basis really moved me and I was impressed with how cool, calm, light hearted all the miners were despite their heavy-duty jobs working thousands of meters underground! In order to get into the mine, everyone from our group had to trade in our normal clothes for a miner’s uniform consisting of many layers of long-sleeved shirts, long pants, long socks, heavy duty boots, ankle AND knee guards, and a heavy duty helmet. I felt quite silly but also very legitimate as I walked out in my outfit! We took an elevator down 1200 meters and traveled even further via tram to reach where the actual coal mining was happening. The most impressive part of seeing the coal mining happen was seeing how the improvements of technology within the mining space made the whole process efficient and safe to work in.

We also started our language classes this week. Our group was split into two levels – a beginning level and an intermediate level. I have no German language background and was placed in the beginning level class along with many other Ruhr fellows who also knew little to no German as well. It’s fun starting out with this beginning group because we’re all learning at the same speed together and it’s quite funny seeing each other experience similar feelings for excitement, confusion, and the like when it comes to learning a completely different language.

Hi! My name is Iden and I want to tell you something about my experience in tanzhaus nrw.

Upon my arrival to the Ruhrgebiet I started looking for dance-related cultural events, since I enjoy both dancing and watching dance. I came across the show "Gute Pässe, Schlechte Pässe" happening at the tanzhaus in Düsseldorf this past friday and was immediately interested. The title translates in English to "Good Passports, Bad Passports"  and as you might have guessed, this show explored the topic of immigration and borders through dance. I immediately booked a ticket.
Every part of this experience was exciting to me. Walking towards the tanzhaus you notice the railways where probably a Straßenbahn line was passing in the past.  In fact, the way to the entrance is in between the two sides of a railway and you feel slightly confused about whether you are supposed to walk in there. On the top left side of the building, five big grey circles move in relation to each other, giving the impression of a dancing human body. I was immediately thrilled.
"Gute Pässe, Schlechte Pässe" was a very unconventional dance work. On stage there are only seven actual dancers, the rest are "common people" of all ages and body statures. Together they form a "people - wall" separating the dancers in two groups: one group performing contemporary dance and the other group performing  Nouveau Cirque. Two different aesthetics, the new and the traditional, are put in opposition to each other. The piece moves between the political and artistic interpretations of the expression "Freedom of Movement". It seems absurd and ridiculous to divide with a wall people that move their bodies in different ways, or to limit the ways a body moves. I think the piece asks: "If freedom of movement is essential to the arts, shouldn't it be a human right in the political sense as well?"


A narrative voice speaking both in English and German pronounces out statements and asks the people on stage to go to the left if their answer is "Yes" and to the right if their answer is "No". The statements include: "I am a German citizen", "I have a credit card", "I love my motherland", "I am a happy person", "I have been previously convicted". The audience then watches the people on stage move from left to right after each statement, observing the divide that exists regarding the majority that possesses the "good passports" and the minority possessing the "bad passports". At the very end of the piece, the narrator asks: "I believe that one day there will be no borders in the world". This is the only statement in which the people do not divide each other into the "Yes" and "No" sides, but instead form a line extended from the "Yes" side to the "No" side, with their hands tied to each other in the form of a wall. It is thus unclear if their answer is a "No" and that walls will be ever-existing, or if they lie in all different parts of the "Yes-No" spectrum regarding the topic of borders.
Yesterday, a group of us from the program, were stopped at a train station by two German men. They asked if we were American and then immediately started commenting on the political situation in the U.S., and on how the reasons people voted for Trump were in complete contradiction to their own values.  The dance piece states that there is a big division in Germany between the people's experiences and value systems regarding movement and immigration, and one of the lesson from the U.S. election is that such divisions cannot go ignored for too long. This was a very thought-provoking way to start my experience in the Ruhr, and I am curious to learn more about the ways people engage with political questions here.

Hi, this is Jeah again!

The second week of our program consisted of a power plant tour at RWE power, a company tour and CEO talk at Vaillant, language class, and a tour of Ruhr University Bochum. The week was short, as there was another holiday held on Thursday of the week, meaning that the Ruhr fellows got a 4 day weekend! I spent that time traveling to Prague and Vienna with a couple of students from the group.
The language class for the week was filled with reviewing some of the material from our first class and learning new material such as numbers and introducing ourselves and where we came from. After the class, we took the train to the Ruhr University of Bochum where we got to meet some professors from the civil engineering department. We also got to meet students who were studying at the university and got to know a little bit about the German University system. Through these chats, I learned that getting a Bachelor’s degree in Germany was a three-year program and that most students stay a fourth year to attain a Master’s. The students from this chat decided to stay after our scheduled meeting time and took us around campus to experience the university’s Summerfestival. This festival had booths all around the campus from student organized clubs who were selling drinks, food, crafts, and the like. There were also music stages, food trucks, and a campus filled with SO MANY STUDENTS! I had to leave the festival early to catch my bus to Prague, but I had lots of fun eating the most delicious vegan ice cream while I was there.


As I mentioned earlier, I spent the weekend traveling around Prague and Vienna. I went with two of my Ruhr fellow buddies, Sumesh and Frank. We all agreed this was the perfect travel group, as Sumesh had all the plans organized, Frank spoke German, and I had the chill personality to ease us all if anything were to go wrong. We took an overnight bus to Prague and got there early in the morning. After dropping our backpacks off at our hostels, we spent the entire day walking all around Prague, and oh my, it was BEAUTIFUL. Some of my favorite parts from the trip was visiting Prague Castel TWICE (once in the day time, once in the evening!), walking into random shops filled with handcrafted toys and trinkets that would only be found in Prague, and meeting up with other Ruhr fellows for dinner that served true Prague cuisine. The next day, we took a four-hour bus to Vienna. Sumesh, Frank, and I were all just so astonished at the fact of how easily it was for us to travel from one country to another! We kept raving at how the program intentionally gives us weekends for free in hopes for us to seize the opportunity to travel around and immerse ourselves in European culture.  I couldn’t believe at how much I’ve done in so little time, and overall, I had an amazing week!