Ruhr West is committed to promoting student mobility through university partnerships worldwide. Students of our partner universities abroad are welcome to spend one or more semesters studying at Ruhr West and benefit from a simplified admissions procedure. Likewise, international students from other foreign universities are welcome to come to Ruhr West as non-degree exchange students.
How to apply
Erasmus and other exchange students have to submit their application through the international office of their home university. Hence the first step in the process is contacting your international office to find out whether your university has an agreement with Ruhr West. We have signed Erasmus agreements with a number of European universities. Click here for a list of our current partner universities.
The application form for exchange students is available here.
Language of instruction
The language of instruction at Ruhr West is German. Good German skills are an essential prerequisite for studying at HRW. However, the International Exchange Semester (IES) offers a semester programme of courses entirely in English. The courses are part of the regular curriculum and are open to domestic and international students alike. Click here for more information about that programme. Although we recommend that international IES participants speak some German, a specific level of German skills is not required. The level of English should be at least B1 (intermediate).
As a public German university, Ruhr West does not charge tuition. However, all students are required to pay a semester fee (currently €309.72 per semester).
Courses in English
This offer is an opportunity for international students from our partner universities to take a semester programme of courses in English at Ruhr West. No knowledge of German is necessary to complete the programme, but we do recommend that participants learn the language to be able to navigate daily life in Germany.
Courses in English in the summer semester 2018:
Courses in English in the winter semester 2018/2019:
Click on the course titles to retrieve detailed module descriptions. Each completed course is worth 6 ECTS credit points, unless otherwise noted. Most modules are taken from the fifth semester of undergraduate study.
The IES programme is open to all students, thus giving international and domestic students the opportunity to take the same courses together. All IES courses are based at the Mülheim campus unless otherwise noted.
Participants in the International Exchange Semester should come to the programme with basic knowledge in their field of study, as there are no introductory courses. In addition, good English language skills (at least B1 level) are required. Knowledge of German is helpful but not mandatory.
Registration for the International Exchange Semester is part of the application for an Erasmus/ exchange semester. Erasmus students use the Learning Agreement for their course choice.
|Spring Semester 2018|
|Official Start of Semester||01.03.2018|
|Arrival Week for Incoming Students||19.03. – 23.03.2018|
|Welcome Week for Incoming Students||26.03. – 29.03.2018|
|Start of Lectures||03.04.2018|
|End of Lectures||13.07.2018|
|Exam Period||16.07. – 03.08.2018|
Winter Semester 2018 / 2019
|Official Start of Semester||01.09.2018|
|Arrival Week for Incoming Students||17.09. – 21.09.2018|
|Welcome Week for Incoming Students||24.09. – 28.09.2018|
|Start of Lectures||01.10.2018|
|End of Lectures||25.01.2019|
|Exam Period||28.01. – 15.02.2019|
|Winter Break||24.12.2018 and 01.01.2019|
Whether or not you need a visa to enter Germany and study here depends on your country of origin. Special regulations apply to citizens of the following countries:
All other students require a German student visa (issued by a German Embassy) before entering Germany. Please note that even if you come from a country (other than those mentioned above) whose citizens can enter Germany with a simple tourist visa, you must possess a German student visa in order to apply for the residence permit. Tourist visas cannot be converted into residence permits under any circumstances. So if you don’t have a student visa at the Citizens’ Office, you will be required to return to your home country. This regulation applies both to holders of a residence permit from another EU country and to persons who entered Germany with a tourist visa. There is absolutely no exception to this regulation and Ruhr West will not be able to assist you.
Applying for a student visa
Apply for your student visa at the German Embassy or Consulate in your home country, and do so well in advance, as processing may take several weeks. Your visa will be valid for up to 90 days. You will normally be required to submit the documents listed below. The Embassy, however, can ask for additional documents or further clarifications. The information provided by them takes priority.
For further questions, please refer to the German Embassy or Consulate in your home country. Addresses are available at the website of the Federal Foreign Office, which also provides further information on the visa process and the appropriate application forms.
Non-EU students in Germany are required to submit evidence of sufficient funds to finance their studies in Germany. In most cases, this proof of financial resources (German: Finanzierungsnachweis) must be included with the visa application. Expected living expenses are estimated by the Aliens’ Registration Office based on BAföG, a German funding programme for living expenses. At present, you must prove you have at least €670 per month, or €8,040 per academic year at your disposal.
Proof of financial resources can be provided in various ways. The following forms are generally accepted:
Contact the German Embassy or Consulate in your country to find out which form of financial proof is required.