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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.


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.


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 zfa@rub.de or contact us in the online chat.

The ZFA will continue to develop a wide range of learning opportunities for you in the winter semester and will continue to enable you to learn languages. All courses will again take place online via Moodle, but depending on the current situation, additional attendance dates are also possible.

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

We will keep you informed 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 ZFA team


Terms, dates, instructions and videos for WiSe2020/21

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

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

Online consultation hour Here you go to the Chat

grading test
Participation in our language courses is obligatory if you have even the slightest knowledge of a language. This serves to form homogeneous learning groups. An overview of the next dates can be found on the page placement tests.

registration deadline
05.10.2020, 00:01 a.m. to 29.10.2020, 5 a.m.
RUB first hearers: eCampus only
Students of other universities: see registration section

Lottery of course places
from 29.10.2020 after the closing date for applications
RUB students receive feedback via eCampus. Students of the cooperation partners as well as students of other universities will be contacted by e-mail.


For whom? Students who wish to change level and/or course during the first week of the course.
05.11.2020 and 06.11.2020.
After the second week of the course no course change or start is possible.

Examination 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 Completion 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.