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German Language and Literature, Department

Fakultät für Philologie

Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Fakultät für Philologie
Germanistisches Institut
Universitätsstraße 150
D-44780 Bochum
Telephone: +49 234 32-28563

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Basic information

Teaching staff at the department


Total number of students at the department


Number of master degree students (w/o teacher qualification)


Teaching in core subjects

  • German as a foreign language: 9.5%
  • Ancient German Literature: 15.2%
  • Modern Literature: 29.8%
  • Linguistics: 7.6%
  • Historic Linguistics: 28.4%
  • Other fields: 9.5%

Support during the study entry phase

Total score for support in the study entry phase

11/14 points

Students' assessments on undergraduate, presence-learning-courses

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Teaching foreign language skills
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Further information provided by the department

Special features regarding teaching

Comprehensive and well-positioned German studies with a lot of research-related teaching, also due to various (third-party funded) projects. Numerous e-learning and blended learning offers accompany the seminars. There is also very good supervision and guidance, also in teaching/learning matters. Many inter(sub)disciplinary, practice-oriented courses allow students to focus on a specific occupational field.

Special features regarding the international orientation

The institute organises various Erasmus partnerships, institute partnerships and double degrees (M.A.). An internationalisation officer coordinates the institute's international activities. Flexible learning agreements are concluded with outdoing students; Outgoing students' academic achievements gained abroad are generally credited and flexibly integrated into the Bochum curriculum. Bochum has many international students, especially in the master's degree, who benefit from additional exercises and support services.

Special features regarding the equipment

The digital media of teaching staff and students can be used in all teaching rooms; Internet access is also available in all course rooms. Eduroam ensures that not only students and staff of RUB, but also guests from other universities can access the internet easily. The department also has computer workrooms that are used for teaching sessions. The university library has all relevant subject databases, which can be used by students.

Special features regarding research activities

The institute is extremely research-intensive with key research areas in all work units and sub-disciplines: Journal literature, literary anthropology, media history, digital humanities, classics in context (medieval studies), language history/grammaticography, linguistic imitation and concealment strategies, etc. Numerous teaching/learning projects are offered, such as in cooperation with partner schools (‘language construction’) and using the Moodle online platform (‘fit for punctuation’). Research content is incorporated into teaching, such as in the form of research-based learning projects.

Support for founders

In summer semester 2021, a start-up camp for scholars in the humanities was held for the first time at the decisive initiative of the department and in cooperation with the Worldfactory Startup Center of the Ruhr University. In the field of alumni work, we mediate between founders and interested students. A colleague advises and assists students with brainstorming, based on her own experience as a founder of a start-up.

Other special features

Exemplary guidance concept and services offered by the German Studies academic office ("Best practice course of study" at RUB):,; Practical career orientation in cooperation with alumni through the "career prospects in German studies" course; Graduation planning and mentoring programmes for the assistance of long-term students; Universitätsallianz Ruhr (UA Ruhr): Cooperation with the German studies departments in Duisburg-Essen and Dortmund; Mutual recognition of courses

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Last Update 2022: Data collected by the CHE Center for Higher Education
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