The University of Bochum has a special history as the first new public German university founded after the Second World War in 1965 as part of a broad initiative that would lead to the founding of numerous institutions across the state and the country. Along with the nearby University Duisburg-Essen and the University of Dortmund, both of which are also located in the Ruhr region, the University of Bochum has formed the Ruhr University Alliance, an academic agreement that enables students studying at each individual university to take courses at the other two.
The University offers students access to one of the largest and most comprehensive libraries in Germany, and the centralized campus boasts an award-winning dining hall and newly renovated research facilities.
The University of Bochum also has a strong international orientation, with a large network of partner organizations and offices in the United States to encourage international outreach. They also offer hundreds of courses in English and 11 programs that are entirely taught in English. Several programs are also available as dual degree courses at partner universities.