Admission
The NOHA Master's in International Humanitarian Action is designed for people working or intending to work in the field of humanitarian action. Candidates are chosen on the basis of the quality of their educational and professional background, their experience in and concern for humanitarian issues, their multicultural sensitivity and their linguistic abilities.

Entry Requirements & Language Requirements

Admission may be granted to applicants who meet the following common minimum eligibility criteria:
  • All applicants must follow the joint application procedure as established by the NOHA consortium.
  • A completed application must have been received.
  • Candidates must have obtained, as a minimum, a university first cycle degree (Bachelor, EQF level 6) in a discipline of relevance to humanitarian action.
  • Candidates are required to have a recognised qualification in the language(s) of instruction of the universities they plan to attend.
    English:   C1 certificate (according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages - CEFR) or TOEFL
                   (550-600 paper, 215-250 computer and 93 internet) or IELTS (6-7) certificate necessary to attend the University
                   of Bochum as well as the Universities of Groningen, Malta, Uppsala, Warsaw and University College Dublin.
    Spanish:  B2-C1 certificate (according to CEFR) necessary to spend one or more semesters at the University of Deusto.
    French:    C1 certificate (according to CEFR) necessary to spend one or more semesters at Aix-Marseilles University.

Selection Criteria

Candidates are chosen on the basis of the following selection criteria:
  • type and level of academic qualifications,
  • type and level of research experience,
  • type and level of professional experience, such as practical experience in the area of humanitarian action in governmental,
    inter-governmental and/or non-governmental organisations and institutions,
  • motivation and concern for humanitarian issues,
  • multicultural sensitivity,
  • level of linguistic abilities,
  • recommendations,
  • results of interviews,

Participation Costs

Participations costs for the academic year 2017/18: 12,000 € (for both EU and non-EU students).
Fees can be paid in four instalments, each time before the beginning of new semester. The participation costs are defined as all costs related to and including tuition fees, library and laboratory costs, and any other mandatory cost related to the students' participation in the Joint Master’s Degree Programme in International Humanitarian Action for the standard duration of the degree programme, including support in administrative and organisational issues by the consortium partners, costs for enrolment at the consortium partner’s institutions, all examinations and issuing the final diploma. Student participation costs do not cover accommodation, subsistence, travel to and from partner universities and travel documents (visa, passport) included within the framework of the mobility programme and any costs beyond the standard duration of the degree programme.

Scholarships and Funding the NOHA Master’s at RUB

The IFHV offers a range of scholarships for NOHA Bochum students.* These scholarships are aimed at assisting students with funding their studies.
Prospective NOHA Bochum students will receive information on specific scholarship applications shortly after they have received an offer of admission (within one-two weeks).
If you have any further questions on the scholarships and/or external funding, please email Ms Laura Hofmann at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Deutschlandstipendium

The Deutschlandstipendium was called into life by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in 2011 to sponsor students with a stipend of 300€ per month. Organisations, foundations and/or private donors lay the basis for each Deutschlandstipendium. The national government matches each pledge.
Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic merit, societal and social involvement, as well as concern for humanitarian issues. The scholarships are worth 3,600€ for the first year; an extension is possible.

How to apply:
  • Follow the standard application procedure using the online portal. You will receive access and further instructions after your interview.
  • Send two short essays (max. 500 words each) on a) your social engagement and b) motivation for the Master’s to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name and the name of the scholarship as reference (n.b. you will also be asked to upload these short essays in the online portal)
* Students who select Ruhr University Bochum as their home university

Second Semester Mobility

NOHA Bochum students who spend the second semester at one of the NOHA partner universities through the Erasmus scheme can benefit from an Erasmus grant. We schedule a meeting for our home university students each November to assist them in applying for this grant. Regional training
NOHA Bochum students who spend the third semester at one of the partner universities for their regional placement can apply for the ‘Promos Thesis Abroad’ scholarship at Ruhr University Bochum. NOHA Bochum students will receive further information on the application at the end of the first semester.
Funding period: 1 – 6 months
Recipients receive a monthly scholarship and one-time travel allowance.
Further information on your eligibility and the application procedure can be found at:
http://international.rub.de/ausland/finanzierung/promos/abschlussarbeit.html.en

Internships within the European Union

NOHA Bochum students completing a self-organised internship in a foreign European Union member state may be eligible for the Erasmus Mobility Grant.
Funding period: 2 – 12 months**

Please note that you need to submit your application at least one month before you internship starts.

Further information on your eligibility and the application procedure can be found at: http://international.rub.de/ausland/praktikum/erasmus.html.en
**12 months maximum of funding. Please note that you will not be eligible for a full 12-month funding if you undertake second semester mobility.

Internships Abroad

NOHA Bochum students who complete an internship abroad (outside of the Erasmus member states) can apply for the ‘Promos Internship Abroad’ scholarship at Ruhr University Bochum. NOHA Bochum students will receive further information on the application at the end of the first semester.

Funding period: 1.5 – 3 months

Recipients receive a monthly scholarship and a one-time travel allowance.
Further information on your eligibility and the application process can be found at: http://international.rub.de/ausland/finanzierung/promos/praktikum.html.en

External Funding & Loans

Apart from the above-listed scholarship opportunities, there are a number of external funding opportunities, including private and public foundations both within Germany and your country of origin.
We offer advice in finding scholarship programmes that you might be eligible for. Please email your enquiry to Ms Laura Hofmann at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..