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 120,000 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.




      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.

      Students are free to use the services of the libraries of all three universities of the UA Ruhr after personal application.

      Via inter-library loan it is possible to get access to books and media in a quick and uncomplicated fashion within the UA Ruhr.

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      UA Ruhr literature query
      Literature query in the libraries of the UA Ruhr.

      For further questions please consult the respective library.



      UB Bochum
      Universitätsstraße 150
      44801 Bochum

      UB Dortmund
      Vogelpothsweg 76
      44227 Dortmund

      UB Duisburg Essen

      Campus Duisburg
      Lotharstraße 65
      47057 Duisburg

      Campus Essen
      Universitätsstraße 9 - 11
      45141 Essen

      The universities of the UA Ruhr operate with individual Moodle platforms. When enrolled for a seminar, the Moodle courses of the respective course can be accessed by all students of the UA Ruhr.

      Further information on how to access the Moodle platforms of the respective university can be found in the related login- and support section.

      Moodle platforms

      Students pursuing an academic degree at one of the UA Ruhr universities have the choice among 47 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.

      Feel free to explore the UA Ruhr degree programs below:

      Course Catalogues

      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. Two projects are exemplary for the excellent cooperation.

      Split course of study for teachers (Gymnasien und Gesamtschulen)

      The universities of Bochum and Dortmund have agreed on a cooperation contract for the education of teachers of both universities. The so-called split course of study program enables students to study at both universities simultaneously. It is therefore possible to i.e. study a primary subject at the Ruhr University of Bochum and the secondary subjects at the TU Dortmund.

      Further information:

      Ganz In – the new all-day Gymnasium NRW

      Ganz In is a cooperation project of the Stiftung Mercator, the Research Institute for School Development in Dortmund (IFS) – in substitutionary function for all three universities in the Ruhr Area – and the Governmental Department for School and Development of Northrhine-Westphalia. In the project, 31 selected secondary schools (Gymnasien) of Northrhine-Westphalia take part. Ganz In specifically focuses on students that show a high performance potential, but were not able to use their abilities to their whole potential due to external circumstances.

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      Additional Studies

      Since the Winter Semester of 2015/16 the three universities offer a joint model for so-called additional studies. In this program students that currently study Teacher’s Education for Secondary Schools (Gymnasien/Gesamtschulen) or have already successfully completed their studies in this field, can acquire a third subject at one of the universities. The parameters and restrictions are equal in all three universities, therefore this additional course of study may also be structured in the form of a split study manner. The Universities of Duisburg-Essen and Dortmund also offer this option to students of Teacher’s Education (Berufskolleg).

      Since the winter semester 2013/14, the UA Ruhr has been offering joint Master’s degree programs, thus providing additional specialization options. Four 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.

      Master's degree Empirical Multilingualism Research

      Within the UA Ruhr alliance, Ruhr University Bochum and TU University Dortmund have launched the master’s degree programme “Empirical Multilingualism Research”, which commences in the academic year 2018/19. The participating institutions offer a wide range of specialisation options to holders of BA degrees in linguistic and philological subjects. The programme has a unique focus on research methods in the field of linguistic multilingualism research.

      Master's degree Econometrics

      Econometrics is a four-semester, English-language master’s program established by TU Dortmund University, Ruhr University Bochum and the University of Duisburg-Essen – the first degree program to be run jointly by all three UA Ruhr universities and commences in winter 2019. The program combines the expertise and breadth of the three participating economics faculties in empirical economic research and economics with the methodically oriented training of the statisticians and econometricians at Germany’s only Faculty of Statistics in Dortmund. This bundling of educational and research competence enables a curriculum tailored for quantitatively oriented students who seek specialisation in econometrics and applied economic research.

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