Front Office

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

SoSe 20 current

On the page SoSe 20 current you will find in ticker format information on current changes with regard to the SoSe 20. For detailed information please refer to the respective pages.

Aktuelles aus dem ZFA

Kursangebot WiSe 2020/21
22.06.2020 (Organisation)
Wir sind dabei das Wintersemester 2020/21 zu planen. Aufgrund der aktuellen Situation und der offenen Fragen in Bezug auf das kommende Semester, dauert dies länger als sonst. Weitere Informationen folgen schnellst möglichst auf den üblichen Seiten.

AKS Lehrpreis für Fachsprachenkonzept Englisch
10.03.2020 (Organisation)
Das ZFA Konzept für die Fachsprache Englisch für den Bachelor-Studiengang "Sales Engineering and Product Management" ist mit dem diesjährigen AKS Lehrpreis in der Kategorie Hochschulspezifische und fachbezogene Sprachlern-Konzepte ausgezeichnet worden. AKS-Preis Gute Sprachlehre an Hochschulen

You are important to us! So please:
Hold on, keep your distance, keep your hands clean, stay healthy!
#flattenthecurve #stayathome

Dear students,

Despite the current easing of the pandemic situation, the staff of the ZFA continue to work mainly in their home offices. We always provide information about the current situation and plans to the same extent that we ourselves receive information on our homepage. If you have any questions that go beyond the information provided on the HP, please feel free to send us an email to or contact us in the online chat.
The first online semester is now, at the beginning of July 2020, almost complete and has brought many new experiences for teachers and students. In the winter semester we will continue to develop a wide range of learning opportunities - online, hybrid or perhaps even in presence - to enable you to continue learning languages.

On the page Course Participation you will find general information on attendance and how to gain a course completion certificate.

Information about further developments will be available here on the homepage. On the top right of this page you will also find a link to the page "SoSe 20 aktuell".

The ZFA team

Terms, dates, instructions and videos for SoSe20

The registrations and substitutions of the SoSe20 are closed. Please refrain from requests.

Not sure how to register? More information:

Guidance "How to register"
Infofilm "Was muss ich für die Einstufung wissen"
Infofilm "Was muss ich für die Anmeldung am ZFA wissen"
Infofilm "Was muss ich für die Kursteilnahme wissen"

You are student of another university? All information can be found on the page for participants without matriculation number.

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.