Faculty of Physics and Astronomy

Well advised abroad - information on scholarships and funding opportunities

11.10.23 | International, Study

For students who are interested in a stay abroad, the RUB International Office is again offering numerous advisory services and opportunities this semester.

Online group initial counselling of the International Office

If you are interested in a stay abroad during your studies and do not yet know exactly where to go, you can participate in our online and face-to-face information events of the International Office in the winter semester 2023/24. Here you will be comprehensively informed about all exchange, scholarship and funding opportunities. Prior registration is not required.

General information about stays abroad

The beginning of the winter semester marks the start of the application round for stays abroad via the RUB exchange programs, which are scheduled to take place in the academic year 2024/25 (winter semester 2024/25 and/or summer semester 2025). All exchange places are free of tuition fees.

RUB students who wish to stay in Europe can apply in their own faculty/department for Erasmus apply. Applications must be submitted to the Erasmus subject coordinator of the respective faculty/department. Accordingly, the documents to be submitted and also the application deadlines may vary from subject coordinator to subject coordinator. In general, the deadlines for stays abroad in the academic year 2024/25 (both WiSe 2024/25 and SoSe 2025) end between November 2023 and February 2024.

Students who decide to a semester or year abroad outside of Europe can can apply for a place at one of RUB's partner universities at the International Office. For stays abroad at partner universities in the USA via the MAUI Utrecht Network Exchange Program, in Australia via the AEN Utrecht Network Exchange Program, and at universities in France, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Colombia, China, South Korea, Taiwan, and Japan, the deadline is December 1, 2023, 23:59.


Within the framework of the funding program PROMOS the Ruhr-Universität Bochum will again have funds available in 2024 to promote student mobility. Applications are open to RUB students of all faculties who are planning a stay abroad to write their final thesis, an internship abroad (except in Erasmus program countries) or a study visit via an exchange program of the International Office or the faculties/institutes at a foreign partner university of RUB worldwide (except in Erasmus program countries), as well as teachers who would like to receive funding for the implementation of study trips. The application deadline for the next round isNovember 1 , 2023, 23:59. Two additional deadlines for the 2024 funding year are March 2024 and June 2024.

Language Café Bochum

In cooperation with the AKAFÖ Bochum and the Center for Foreign Language Education the International Office presents the Language Café Bochum. The Sprachcafé takes place both online and in presence. RUB students can deepen and practice their foreign language skills every Monday evening. The Sprachcafé starts on October 16, 2023.

DAAD Language Certificate

At the Center for Foreign Language Education (ZFA) of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, all RUB students can obtain a DAAD language certificate for English. The next test date is Monday, October 16, 2023. The DAAD language certificate is also offered for French and Spanish.

ERASMUS Internship Funding

If you are planning an internship in another European country that is at least 60 days long, you can get Erasmus internship grant apply. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, but must be received at least one month before the start of the internship.

RISE Worldwide

RISE Worldwide: In the summer of 2024, bachelor's students in biology, chemistry, physics, geosciences, engineering, medicine, pharmacy, applied mathematics, applied computer science, or related disciplines will again have the opportunity to work with researchers* around the world who want to include German students in their research group to provide practical support for their project. From October 15 until November 30, 2023, interested Bachelor students can apply for a research internship.

Foreign Language Assistance Program (FSA)

Improve your own foreign language skills, get students excited about German as a foreign language, acquire intercultural skills and immerse yourself in the everyday life of the host country: The Foreign Language Assistantship (FSA)program of the Pedagogical Exchange Service (PAD) makes all of this possible for students - depending on the destination country, by the way, not only for subjects of the teaching profession. The program can be completed in 13 target countries - from Australia to Ireland. RUB students can apply until January 6, 2024 (for the USA until November 11, 2023).


Some time ago, the DAAD launched a new support program for prospective teachers, Lehramt.International. Applicants can receive funding for a self-organized internship at school institutions abroad for one to six months. This can be a voluntary internship, but also a mandatory internship.


We would like to draw your attention to the current scholarship announcement of the DAAD program Deutschlehren.International - Teaching Assistantships for German at Universities Abroad. The application portal is already open; applications can be submitted from now until December 5, 2023.


The Language Tandem Program Tandem.MINT enables students of scientific and technical courses of study to learn languages on an individual and subject-related basis: In an exchange with a tandem partner who speaks your target language as a native language or at a high level, you can expand your foreign language skills and at the same time test your intercultural communication skills. As a student of a STEM degree program at RUB, you can register until October 15, 2023 to participate in the winter semester 2023/24.

Transatlantic Ruhr Fellowship 2024

Transatlantic Ruhr Fellowship 2024: Every summer, highly motivated and high-achieving students from the University Alliance Ruhr can first develop their intercultural skills in a summer school and then gain practical experience in an internship in the New York metropolitan region. The Transatlantic Ruhr Fellowship 2024 will take place from July 27 to September 22, 2024. The application deadline is November 15, 2023.

study worldwide - Experience It!

Are you interested in a stay abroad during your studies, but don't quite know where to go and with which program? Then take a look at the website "study worldwide - experience it!" of the DAAD and the BMBF. There, numerous correspondents report on their experiences abroad.


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