Ruhr University Bochum- Summer Electrical and Computer Engineering Research

Program Details

Program Location Bochum, Germany
Sponsor Purdue
Program Type Exchange
Course # SA 20173
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Past Dates
Summer 2022 06/01/22 to 08/12/22
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Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice

Application Details: Application Currently Closed

This program is no longer taking applications for Summer 2023. Please choose another Study Abroad program or try for a future academic term. This program will re-open in December 2023 for the next application cycle.


Before applying, students interested in this program should discuss their plans with a Study Abroad Liaison in the College of Engineering. 

Students spend 12 weeks at Ruhr University of Bochum working on a research project.  Due to the supervision involved, placements are limited.

Ruhr University Bochum was established in 1965 and has grown to become one of the largest universities in Germany with a student population of around 35,000.  The university is well known for the numerous contacts its schools of Science and Engineering entertain with industry through important research in many different fields.  Bochum has a population of some 500,000 and is situated in the Ruhr River valley, the economic nerve center of Germany.

Click here for a list of research projects offered in 2022.


The program is open to Purdue students in good standing who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity, and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit

Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Engineering]
Specifically from: ECE

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

No knowledge of German is required; the working language of the program is English.

Typically participants will earn a total of 6 credits.  Each student confirms the credit they will receive with the study abroad liaison in their home school or department.


RUB will assist summer research program participants in applying for local student housing.  The estimated cost for housing is €280 – 400 per month.  Meals can be prepared in the residence kitchens or taken at the student Mensa.  Meals at the Mensa are subsidized by the German government and are very affordable.

Estimated Program Costs

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss. 

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

Students in Germany pay social fees as a prerequisite for enrollment. Social fees are not tuition fees but a contribution to the different facilities you will be using as a student, such as the library, student union, and athletic center. At RUB, these fees cost about €340 per term and include a semester ticket for regional public transportation. Since summer research students do not study in Bochum for the full German semester, they may be able to apply for a partial refund of the social fee. 

The visa fee listed below is only necessary for Purdue international students who are citizens of countries required to get entry visas for Germany.  Your study abroad advisor can provide more information about this.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Summer 2019

Costs per term to be billed by Purdue
You will pay Purdue Tuition Check Tuition
Program Fee $0.00
Purdue International Insurance (per month) $32.00

Approximate additional costs per term
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare $1,200.00
Housing $1,000.00
Local Transportation $100.00
Visa $300.00
Meals $900.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $1,500.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos) $175.00

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents (typically an essay, transcripts, 1-2 recommendations, and copy of passport) before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline. To ensure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Ruhr University Bochum- Summer Electrical and Computer Engineering Research Feb 1

Returnees Information

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email