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University of Duisburg-Essen

3.7 out of 5 (93 ratings / 47 reviews) Essen, Germany
Located in the heart of the Ruhr metropolis, the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) is one of the youngest and largest universities in Germany. The courses range from the humanities and social sciences over economics and business studies all the way to the engineering sciences and natural sciences (including medicine). It's also wellknown in the international scientific community. 

Master's Programmes

Engineering & Technology (16)
Business & Management (4)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (4)
Social Sciences (4)
Computer Science & IT (3)
Medicine & Health (1)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)



  • August 1, 1972: foundation of two universities (Gesamthochschulen) in the cities Duisburg and Essen
  • January 1, 2003: merger of the two universities and foundation of the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE)
  • March 12, 2007: foundation of the University Alliance Ruhr (UA Ruhr), a strategic research alliance with neighboring universities
  • Education

    With students from 130 countries enrolled at the University Duisburg-Essen, English is increasingly replacing German as the language of instruction.


    The UDE has developed four interdisciplinary research clusters, in which our scientists accomplish outstanding work.

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    University Ranking

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    Student services

    The International Office is the central service office for international contacts of the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE).

    We offer support and guidance for international students, post-graduates and other applicants who are interested in our courses of studies. We especially advise them on matters of application and enrolment, and we are in charge of all matters concerning the admission of international students. 

    Housing services

    Admission to higher education does not automatically come with an offer of a place in a student residence as is common in other countries. This means that you are responsible for organising your own accommodation. There are different ways of finding a room or an apartment.

    ICT services

    The Centre for Information and Media Services, ZIMZIM is acting as a central service unit for all members of the University of Duisburg-Essen. It was founded in order to boost the core competences of the computing and media centres, the data processing units of the university administration and the library by merging them into one organisation.

    Student Life

    Campus life

    Accommodation will be offered in single rooms with private bathrooms (shower and toilet), desk, refrigerator, pre-paid phone, TV and WLAN internet access, which can be used free of charge exclusively by the guests of the Bildungshotel. The University of Essen can be reached, due to the central location of the Bildungshotel, in a 10 minute walk. The tram stop for public transportation is just in front of the Bildungshotel and offers a good connection to the main station of Essen.The hotel offers a free weekly bathroom cleaning service and changing of used linen and towels. Washing machines and dryer are provided for private use.

    Sports facilities

    You can get active in a whole range of sports at the university. Often your health insurance company supports you financially when you do some sports regularly. At best ask directly your health insurance company.

    Student clubs

    Student Council (AStA)Right in the thick of things (and not just on campus): the AStA represents the students' interests in matters of university politics and social welfare. Inside the university the AStA presents the students' position to the Senate and the Rector's Office. Outside of the university it asserts their interests at the Ministry in Düsseldorf. Furthermore, the AStA promotes student culture and university sports and offers advisory and other services covering all aspects of student life.

    Student Reviews

    Overall good. Very international!
    Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

    The courses in the study programme for Anglophone Studies are very interesting and the professors come from all over the world (US, Canada, England, Scotland,...) so you learn directly from native speakers. Studying is fun and I really enjoy it. Now the university: at times it can be quite unstructured/unorganized which can be really annoying. Also, there is always...

    Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Student life in Duisburg could be better, due to the fact that a lot of students don't live in Duisburg and come here to study.

    Despite difficult topics as well as its exercises, I still have fun solving problems in groups.
    Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

    - people were overfriendly and supportive - nothing i would change

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