Front Office
Here you will find our contact details, office hour and more information about
the departmental office

General RUB Students (Ersthörende)

All of our language courses are free of charge for every student of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (Ersthörende). There is no limitation for the number of courses one can take. As a RUB student, you must register via eCampus. This is also the case for courses you take for the optional part of your studies ('Optionalbereich'). Please note that a personal registration at ZFA will not lead to course participation and crediting.

For information regarding the dates and registration process for our placement tests, seeEinstufungen

More information
How to register
Infofilm "Was muss ich für die Anmeldung am ZFA wissen" (only in German)

Non-General RUB Students

Students of ZFA-cooperations:

University Witten/Herdecke
Hochschule für Gesundheit
Hochschule Bochum
As well as other universities (also UA Ruhr) and Young University students.

Click here for further information about application deadlines and other important dates.

Guest Students

Guest students as well as general students of the RUB register exclusively via eCampus. Assignment to our courses is only possible if capacities are available. Guest students are not entitled to take examinations. Furthermore, the same conditions apply as for first-time students at the RUB.

You can find the dates and registration for placement testing here

RUB Staff Members

In cooperation with the ZFA, the Hochschuldidaktik (Zentrum für Wissenschaftsdidaktik offers courses free of charge that are aimed exclusively at RUB staff. Other foreign languages can be booked via the staff office if there is a correspondingly motivated need. Information and registration can be found on the website of the Hochschuldidaktik.

Staff members who are interested in courses at the ZFA beyond what is offered by the Hochschuldidaktik can contact the head of the ZFA, Dr. Astrid Reich (

Private Person

Unfortunately, we do not offer language courses for external applicants who are not enrolled in a university.

We would like to draw your attention to the offer of the RUB State Language Institute (LSI), which offers courses in Arabic, Chinese, German, English, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Russian and Ukrainian for a fee.

You can find further information at