Information for International Applicants

We offer four different degree programmes: one undergraduate degree course (BA), two postgraduate Master's degree programmes (MA), (a one-subject MA and a two-subject MA), and a postgraduate Master of Education (MEd).

The BA course provides students with a thorough grounding in linguistics, literary studies, cultural studies and, optionally, ESP studies (English for Special Purposes); it allows a moderate degree of specialization. Please note that in addition to English/American Studies you need a further subject of study (two-subject BA). The two MA degree courses, by comparison, allow a high degree of specialization in the fields of Anglophone literature, culture and linguistics. The MEd is a qualification for the teaching of English in German secondary schools.

All our course programmes are open to international students, i.e. students whose university entrance qualifications were obtained outside the German educational system. However, applicants should be aware of the following conditions:

  • All applications must be sent to the International Office ( http://international.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/bewerbung/index.html.en). Do NOT send your application direct to the English Department.
  • The number of places available in all degree programmes (BA, MA, MEd) is limited and admission will be granted on the basis of applicants' school leaving grades (NC=Numerus Clausus).
  • Prospective students applying for the BA and the two-subject MA must also pass a German language test (DSH or TestDaF) in order to be admitted.
  • Applicants seeking admission to our Master's degree programmes must hold a BA in English/American Studies. Additionally, they must furnish an English language certificate (the latter does not apply to students with BA degrees obtained in the UK, Ireland, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa). The following English language certificates will be accepted:
IELTS TOEFL TOEFL iBT
International English Language Testing Service Test of English as a Foreign Language
(Paper-Delivered Test)
Test of English as a Foreign Language
(Internet Test)
Min score: 7.0 Min score: 600 Min score: 100

For any further information, including a step-by-step description of the application process, please visit the pages of the International Office: http://international.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/bewerbung/index.html.en

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