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University of Duisburg-Essen

3.8 out of 5 (154 ratings / 87 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. 



  • 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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    QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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    Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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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

    • Campus Duisburg
    • Campus Essen

    Sports facilities

    • Football clubs
    • Basketball clubs
    • Tennis
    • Table tennis
    • Swimming
    • Climbing
    • Dancing
    • Athletics
    • Riding

    Student clubs

    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

    This is my second degree,I am always looking forward to learn new things .I did my primary and secondary school in RD Congo and my first degree in Cape Town (South Africa) and my secong in Germany.I also worked with refugees
    Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

    This is university is very tough and very organise.the subjects are well organise

    Die Politikwissenschaft beshäftigt sich mit vielen Bereichen da ist für jeden etwas dabei. Allerdings ist die Infrastruktur ausbaufähig.
    Provided by U-Multirank rated 3 out of 5 stars

    Politicial Science - the best way to understand why politicians do what they do Politicial scientist analyse how politicial systems exist, why parties form a coalition, what factors could change governments, how you compare different countries by any content and much more. Everbody who would like to know about theories which show us why something happen the way it happened...

    Es fehlen Dozenten für den Koreanischen Fachbereich (Sprache und Gesellschaftswissenschaften), zu wenige koreanische Partneruniversitäten- sowie Gaststudenten
    Provided by U-Multirank rated 3 out of 5 stars

    Good concept for a study programm, but in urgent need of improvement!

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