Studies are becoming increasingly more international, people from all countries and continents meet at the universities the AKAFÖ is taking care for. We provide contact, we support community, we help to understand each other. We explain Germany and the world – to you, too.
Globalization and mobility nowadays influence our daily life and thus the lives of many students. Living in an international community means the inclusion of all cultures, languages and ways of life. We have to engage ourselves with new things in order to experience this diversity which, along with the new experiences, is sure to promote an expanded view on the world.
In our work, we adhere to the idea of a Global Village and want to enable open communication while offering all students at the universities of Bochum and the surrounding area an opportunity to get to know other cultures.
In addition to the advice centres of the AKAFÖ International Affairs Department, there are many other advice centres in Bochum. We will be pleased to support you in such queries as: „Where can I find accommodation? “, „Where can I find an insurance? “, „How much money do I need to survive? “, „Am I allowed to work while studying?“ and many other.
Team RUBiss International Student Services
Studierenden Service Center (SSC 1/229-230)
AStA der Ruhr Universität Bochum
Rechts-, Sozial-, Bafög- Beratung
Studierendenhaus SH (0/016)
Raum C0-05a und C0-05
Raum C0-03 Lennershofstraße 140
AStA der Hochschule Bochum
Sozial- und Ausländerberatung
Raum B 01-31/32/33
Westfälische Hochschule Bocholt
Westfälische Hochschule Gelsenkirchen
Büro für Internationale Studierende
Neidenburger Straße 43
AStA der Westfälische Hochschule
Beratung Soziales und Finanzen
Neidenburger Straße 43
Yes. Both for enrolment and the extension of the residence permit you must have a valid insurance certificate.
The monthly health insurance premium rate amounts to approx. 80 EUR. Attention: From the age of 30, the premium rate increases to approx. 150 EUR.
Language students and the collegiate are however not accepted by public health insurance companies. In this case, a private health insurance must be concluded.
Our tip: Once the student status is reached, you should change to a public health insurance company, although the private ones often seem cheaper. However, they do not offer the same benefits as the public health insurance companies. Please keep in mind that a change from a private to a public health insurance company will no longer be possible at a later date.
For questions all around Federal Education and Training Assistance, KfW-Student Credit or Degree Loan of the DAKA-NRW please contact our Education and Training Assistance Office at firstname.lastname@example.org
There is an association called "Help for foreign students". This relief fund supports students who find themselves in a financial emergency situation, e.g. due to payments of rent, health insurance premium rates or subsidies.
Applications can be submitted once per semester at:
During the first year of the language course you are allowed to work only with the permission of the immigration authorities and during the holidays. Afterwards, as a non-EU foreigner you are allowed to work either 120 full days or 240 half days per year. For jobs that exceed this number of days, you need a special work permit from the immigration authorities and the Job Centre.
Following documents have to be submitted on application:
If you need accommodation in one of our student residences, please contact our staff at the accommodation office. You can also apply online for a room in one of our 18 student halls of residences.
During our general opening hours we are happy to advise you on the spot. To avoid long waiting times we recommend that you make an appointment with us. For general inquiries you can always send us an email.