Duisburg, North Rhine-WestphaliaLOCATION
Estd 1654Established Year

The University of Duisburg-Ellen is a dual-campus, public higher-education institute which was established in 2003. With campuses situated in Duisburg and Essen in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany it is among the youngest and largest universities of Europe. The university combines a variety of subject areas ranging from the humanities, social sciences and education sciences to economics, engineering, natural sciences and medicine.

A globally renowned research university, the institute maintains a strategic partnership with the Ruhr University Bochum and the Technical University of Dortmund.

According to the Times Higher Education World Universities Rankings 2019, the University of Duisburg-Essen is globally ranked #190. Additionally, it is ranked #19 among top 250 international universities that are not yet 50 years old (young university rankings) by THE.


University TypePublic
Establishment Year2003
Annual Budget€569.9 million
Number of Degree Programs Offered244
Tuition Fee for International StudentsNot Charged
International Student Percentage19%
Total number of Professors499
Annual Estimated Cost of Attendance (international)€9,660
Contact International Office+49 203 379-3704 | +49 201 183-4128 |

Programs, Campus, and Residence

  • Comprised of 11 academic faculties, the University of Duisburg-Essen offers degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral level to almost 43,000 students. Nearly 250 degree programs are offered at the university.
  • The faculty of engineering and the faculty of humanities are the most popular faculties at the University of Duisburg-Essen with 11,599 and 8,048 students enrolled in them respectively.
  • Main research areas taken up by the university include Nanosciences, Biomedical Sciences, Urban Systems, transformation of Contemporary Societies, and empirical research in Education.
  • The student services (Studierendenwerk) manage residence halls. It is imminent to apply early for housing. Average rent for a room in one of the residence halls operated by Studierendenwerk is €280.
  • Candidates can apply to the Studierendenwerk for a place in a student residence even if they have not yet received a letter of acceptance/admission from the University of Duisburg-Essen.

University of Duisburg-Essen Admissions

Application Deadlines January 15 (summer semester); July 15 (winter semester) There are certain exceptional programs with varying deadlines. These include:

  • International Studies in Engineering Programs
  • Master Programs
  • German Language Courses
  • Non restricted courses

Admission Requirements

  • Higher Education Entrance Qualification; Bachelor’s Degree
  • All officially certified transcripts in German or English
  • German Language Proficiency: DSH 2; German Language Diploma of the KMK standing conference (DSD 2); telc C1 Hochschule Certificate; ZOP certificate from the Goethe Institute; Kleines Deutsches Sprachdiplom and/or Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom; Successful completion of the Studienkolleg assessment test; Complete degree program in German studies within the EU or the CIS countries.
  • CV, Letter of Motivation (master programs)
  • Health Insurance
  • Proof of financial resources (€8,800 per year)
  • Copy of passport

How to Apply?

All undergraduate applications and medicine application should be made online via Uni-assist. For Master Degree programs, students can apply online directly via the university website.

University of Duisburg-Essen Tuition & Other Costs

The University of Duisburg-Essen does not charge its students any tuition fee. However, a semester contribution of approximately 204 EUR needs to be paid twice every year. Other monthly living expenses are tabulated below:

ExpenseMonthly Amount in EUR
Transport & Communication€120
Books & Others€20
Health Insurance€80

Scholarships & Financial Aid for International Students

  • Graduate grants are available to international students who will have successfully completed their study within a year.

  • Duisburg-Essen University Foundation provides financial assistance to students who might have to drop out of their successful study program due to unforeseeable circumstances causing lack of money.

  • International students can fund their higher education by working 120 full days or 240 half days in a year.

Looking for scholarshipsin your home country before arrival into Germany is a recommended plan as the opportunities for funding and scholarships decrease after moving to Germany and starting your studies.

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Average Tuition Fees (Annual)
$ 6,874
Post graduate Tuition Fees$6873.83
Accomodation Fees (Annual)
$ 3,360
Total Enrollment
International Students
Male : Female Ratio
Student : Faculty Ratio
Application Deadline
January 15, 2019
Start of Application process -
End of Application process January 15, 2019
Acceptance Rate
Min. 7.5
Total Applications
Forsthausweg 2, 47057 Duisburg
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