The Erasmus mobility program was launched by the European Union in 1987. The Ruhr-Universität Bochum and the Department of History have been participating since then. Erasmus gives students the opportunity to spend several months studying at a European partner department. In return, the Ruhr-Universität accepts about 350 exchange students every year. Lecturers at the RUB can spend teaching periods (with at least eight hours of teaching per week) for up to six weeks at a partner university via the Erasmus program. Students who get a study place at an Erasmus partner department are supported by the host universities in finding accommodation and organising their studies. They receive - depending on the local cost of living - a monthly scholarship of between 200 and 400 euros. There are no tuition fees under any circumstances. A language test in the respective language of instruction must be taken before the beginning and after the end of the stay; however, this serves statistical purposes only and is not relevant for the nomination. As a rule, the study achievements are recognised by the Department of History.

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The Erasmus programme is based on the partnerships of the Departmentof History, which are listed at the bottom of this page. All students of the Faculty of History can apply for the places regardless of their citizenship. Studying at the partner university is legally only possible at the Departments of History there. Students from other faculties of the RUB can therefore only apply in exceptional cases. General advice on the Erasmus programme is available from the RUB International Office. Advice at the Historical Institute is provided by the Erasmus Officer, Dr. Lutz Budrass (Do. 10:15-12:15, GA 4/50, Tel.: 22554). Dr. Andrzej Michalczyk (GA 4/142, Tel.: 24079) advises specifically on studying at the Polish partner universities of Katowice, Krakow and Poznan.
Forms and information for the Erasmus program

Application and acknowledgement

Students can apply once a year for places in the Erasmus programme for the following academic year. The application deadline is always the third Friday in February, 13:00. The application must be submitted by email ( to the adimistrative office of the department. It must contain the following:
1. the printout of the online application;
2. a current certificate of study and a transcript of records (eCampus printout);
3. a copy of the university-entrance diploma;
4. a curriculum vitae in tabular form with a passport photograph;
5. a brief statement of the reasons for your choice of study (max. 1 page).
It is important to fill out the online application form completely and to send it. The then generated .pdf file must be printed, dated, signed and submitted. The nomination is effected by the countersignature of the application form by the Erasmus Officer. At the beginning of March, the candidates will be notified by the Central Administration Office. Subsequently, a contract is concluded with the partner department for each candidate, the so-called Learning Agreement. On the basis of the Learning Agreement, the Erasmus Officer will, upon return, acknowledge the achievements made abroad.
Link to the online application form

The Historical Institute currently has Erasmus agreements with the Departments of History of the following universities:

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