Front Office

Here you will find our contact details, office hours and further information.


WiSe 20/21 current

On the page WiSe 20/21 aktuell you will find information in ticker format about the special features of our language courses in the coming winter semester.



You are important to us! Therefore our request:
Stay out, keep your distance, keep your hands clean, stay healthy!
#flattenthecurve #stayathome


Dear students,

we continue to work mainly in your home office and appeal to you to limit your contacts to an absolutely necessary minimum. If you have any questions that go beyond the information given on the HP, please feel free to send us an email to zfa@rub.de or a whatsapp or telegram message (+49(0)17652295968).

The ZFA has also developed a wide range of learning opportunities for you for the winter semester and will continue to enable you to learn languages. All courses will again take place online via Moodle.

You can find some general information on attendance and the acquisition of a certificate of achievement on the page course participation.

We will inform about further developments here on the homepage. On the top right of this page you will find a link to the page "WiSe 20/21 aktuell".

The team of the ZFA


Winter semester 2020/21

course duration
02.11.2020.-12.02.2021
Christmas holidays (lecture-free period) from 23.12.2020 to 06.01.2021

Here you will find our course offerings for the winter semester 2020/21 (subject to change): Online-VVZ of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum

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registration deadline
the application deadline has expired

Rottery of course places
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RUB students have received the feedback to their university e-mail address via eCampus. Students of the cooperation partners as well as students of other universities were contacted by e-mail.

exam dates
You will find an overview of the exam dates as well as important information on the exam modalities and formats in the section Course Exams.


The University Language Centre (ZFA)

The University Language Centre (ZFA) is the central access point for all students and members of the RUB who wish to learn a new language or improve their existing skills. We also offer professional guidance regarding the use of foreign languages in an academic or professional context.
Currently, RUB students and staff members can join skills-based group courses in 15 different languages. Alternatively, we offer tailor-made individual training sessions.

We offer:

  • An integrated course structure which complies with the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFL).
  • Specific Purpose language courses created in close cooperation with the faculties to meet their needs and the needs of their students.
  • Practical, skills-based courses in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Spanish and Turkish.
  • An extensive guidance and coaching programme, specifically geared towards individual and self-directed learning.
  • Special tailor-made courses for RUB staff members, in cooperation with the university’s Professional Development Office, the Stabsstelle IFB.
  • Regular exchange programmes in cooperation with overseas partners, especially in the field of tandem learning.
  • A testing centre for standardised internationally recognised language examinations such as IELTS, DELE, CNaVT, DELF/DALF, SWEDEX and Tisus. We are also accredited for university specific certification systems such as UNIcert®.
  • Professional guidance for faculties, facilities and project groups across the RUB on issues related to specific training for special target groups.