Social fee

In general, all students have to pay a social fee of about EUR 300,- per semester. The social fee includes free use of public transport in whole North-Rhine Westphalia, and reduced prices for food and drinks bought in the canteen (Mensa) and the cafeterias. Guest students (e.g. Erasmus) are exempt from the tuition fee. DAAD scholarship holders may also be exempt from the tuition fee for two semesters. Depending on the duration of the scholarship the exemption can be extended to up to four semesters maximum.

Student jobs


In order to pay the tuition and the social fee many students work during their studies. Students may get a student assistant position at the university or find a job with an employer outside the university. To find a job outside the university good German language skills are most often essential. Usually, it is possible to get a position in one of the university's institutes after the first semester, however, this again, depends on one's academic achievements. Student assistants usually work 9 hours per week, earning a monthly income of about EUR 400,-. Although there are relatively many of these positions available at the university, we cannot guarantee that you will find such a position when you come here.

By law, international students are allowed to work up to 3 months full-time or 6 months half-time plus 10 hours per week for student assistant positions within the university.

Comprehensive information about students jobs can be found here (German only):

The ASTA (Students' Union Executive Commitee) holds a regularly updated list of student jobs with employers outside the university at:

The official job-site of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, which also includes many students jobs, can be found at:

The RUB Career Service holds a regularly updated list of online job-sites at:






Apart from an exemption from the tuition fee for specially qualified students, the university does not offer any scholarships.

Your embassy will provide you with detailed information about special scholarship programmes for your country.

The DAAD provides an overview of various types of students' funding at


Other scholarship organisations (for most of these scholarships good German language skills are required):

Bundesstiftung Rosa-Luxemburg

Catholic Service For Foreign Students (KAAD)



Friedrich Naumann Stiftung

Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung



Heinrich Böll Stiftung



Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft

Stiftung des deutschen Volkes

This list is not exhaustive. Details about the above scholarships must be enquired from the respective foundations.

For another overview of scholarships go to (German only).