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The UA Ruhr ensures that everyone can enter the degree program to which they are best suited: its range of disciplines includes all humanities, arts and social sciences, natural sciences and medicine, as well as engineering sciences. Within the UA Ruhr, students are offered almost unlimited options of combining the subjects of their choice.

Students enrolled at one of the UA Ruhr universities can attend lectures and seminars at all three institutions without having to pay a visiting student fee. Consequently, they have many options to specialize in and to explore their chosen disciplines in depth.

The process of approving credit points gained at one of the partner universities is very simple. The question if exam-relevant credit points will be approved is decided by the faculty that awards the degree.

International exchange students likewise benefit from the joint academic space, as they can choose from the full spectrum of lectures and seminars that are part of their curriculum within the UA Ruhr.

Students at UA Ruhr institutions benefit from the following unique features:

  • If you are enrolled in one of the UA Ruhr institution, you have the option to attend courses at all three universities and have unlimited access to free public transport to travel between the campuses.
  • You will become a member of an academic community comprised of more than 110,000 students, 19,000 of whom are international scholars.
  • Each of our institutions maintains close ties to local communities and businesses, promoting and nurturing an application-oriented, hands-on approach to academia that is unique among leading research universities in Germany.
  • More than 60 undergraduate and Master’s degree programs are taught entirely in English.
  • In addition, we provide German-language courses at all levels to help you navigate your new environment confidently and soon feel at home in Germany.

Students pursuing an academic degree at one of the UA Ruhr universities have the choice among 50 faculties which provide the most extensive range of disciplines as well as hundreds of undergraduate, Master’s, and PhD programs, including numerous degree programs taught in English.

The alliance also offers a wealth of opportunities to pursue interdisciplinary studies and research. Outstanding Master’s and PhD programs can, moreover, be pursued at all UA Ruhr graduate schools, namely the RUB Research School, the UA Ruhr Graduate Center for Development Studies, and the Ruhr Graduate School Economics, to name a few.

Students interested in short-term options have the choice among:

  • Research visits (3-10 weeks)
  • Internship placements
  • Academic summer programs
  • Exchange programs for the duration of one semester or one year

None of the UA Ruhr universities charges tuition fees, and the nominal semester fee includes a public transport ticket valid in the entire Ruhr Area (“Semesterticket”). As the living costs in the Ruhr Area rank among the lowest in Germany, even students living on a tight budget

can maintain a comfortable lifestyle and take advantage of countless features and activities available in and outside the cities of the region. Moreover, students are offered considerable discounts at arts and culture venues and various events throughout Germany.

Feel free to explore the UA Ruhr degree programs below:

The three UA Ruhr universities work hand in hand to provide excellent teacher training. Students have the option to select their ideal combination of subjects by attending courses at several universities at the same time. Moreover, students who are pursuing or have graduated in a teaching degree can acquire additional teaching qualifications at one of the three universities.

International students who complete a degree at one of the UA universities and who are interested in attaining teaching qualifications can discuss their options with advisors at their respective faculties.

Since the winter semester 2013/14, the UA Ruhr has been offering joint Master’s degree programs, thus providing additional specialization options. Two degree programs have been established to date:

Master’s degree Biodiversity

In collaboration with the University Duisburg/-Essen, Ruhr-Universität Bochum has established the innovative, research-focused Master’s degree Biodiversity since the winter semester 2013/14. Research groups headed by twelve professors cover the entire range of topics in modern biodiversity research. Thus, students pursuing a Master’s degree have a wealth of research and specialization options to choose from.

Master’s degree Medical Physics

In collaboration with Ruhr-Universität Bochum, TU Dortmund has established the joint Master’s degree Medical Physics since the winter semester 2014/15, in order to bundle the training and research activities and to cover a broad range of medical physics topics. With its breadth and width of expertise, the Master’s degree program is unique in Germany. Its main objective is to enable physicists with medical competencies to assume technological and human responsibility at the intersection between medicine and physics.

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