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University of Duisburg-Essen Admission 2020-2021, Requirement, Deadline & Acceptance Rate

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University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE), one of the largest University of Germany, situated at Ruhr metropolis, with campuses at Duisburg and Essen.

  • For the Master’s admission, applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better in accordance with the German scaling system. International students can enroll in Bachelor’s, Master’s, Double Degree, or Ph.D. programs.
  • Despite the course, all the applicants are required to have a German language proficiency of level B1 or better to start studies at UDE.
  • International Students must possess a University Entrance Qualification (HZB) to study in Germany
  • English language proficiency can be demonstrated by standardized test certificates.
  • International applicants must apply online through


Application PortalUni-assist application portal or University Application portal
Application Fee75 EUR
Payment ModeBank transfer or by credit card
Average GPA2.5
SATNot needed
ACTNot needed
Acceptance RateNot available
Financial aidsScholarships, Work-study
Admission helpdeskInternational Office, Campus Duisburg Building SG (Geibelstr. 41) 47057 Duisburg
Tel: +49 (0)203-379 3704/ 2304
Fax: +49 (0)203-379 3705

University of Duisburg-Essen Admission Deadlines

Most of the courses at University of Duisburg-Essen begin in both Summer and Winter terms. Master’s programs and International Studies in Engineering has its own application deadlines and can be found in their respective websites. The general period for application is given below,

Winter15 July
Summer15 January

University of Duisburg-Essen International Admissions

International students go through similar procedures as native applicants. Foreign applicants must obtain a German Student visa before studies at UDE.

Admission Requirements for International Applicants

  • In order to enroll directly to any degree programs at UDE, all the applicants have a qualifying previous education equivalent to the ‘German Abitur school-leaving examination’.
  • Or, students may be directed to complete a preparatory course at a Studienkolleg.
  • Students can attain a conditional acceptance letter even without the German language proficiency and can start their German language preparatory classes anywhere in Germany, before starting their courses.

Language Requirements for International Students

The language of instruction at the University of Duisburg-Essen is German, including for some of the International English programs. All the students, thus, have to show a language proficiency of level B1 in German and in English. Master’s programs may ask for the proficiency of B2 or better depending on the course of selection and this can be found on the University website. The minimum requirement of English language proficiency, for the admission of most of the Undergraduate courses, is given below:

TestMinimum Requirement
IELTS-AcademicBand 3 or 4

An applicant who completed their Qualifying degree, where English was a major, can be exempted from the above requirements.

Visa Process for International Applicants 

International students applying for admission at a German institute are required to have a residence permit visa for educational purposes or student visas.

  • Applicants are required to provide the following documents at the time of visa application:
  • Proof or the health insurance cover
  • One passport photograph
  • Registration form
  • Application form for the residence permit
  • Attestation of the landlord
  • Financial statement to show that the applicant has enough funds
  • Letter of acceptance from German University
  • Apart from the student visa, non-EU students need to get a residence permit from the local authorities in Germany if the applicant is planning to stay for longer than 3 months. The entire visa process may take up to 2 months.

University of Duisburg-Essen Undergraduate Admissions

There are 6 International Bachelor’s programs(BSc.) available at UDE, which are under the faculty of Engineering. The requirements, in Academics and in Language, for the admission, varies based on the selected course. The Academic requirements for bachelor’s admission are mentioned below:

Where to apply: Application is done online via uni-assist application portal

Admission fee: 75 EUR per application

  • A general university entrance qualification (Abitur) or a Special University entrance qualification (‘Fachhochschulreife’ or equivalent).
  • The proof of a special degree course in a related educational background or qualification from the school level with a special profile in Mathematics.
  • Proficiency in German and English language correspondings to level B1 of the CEFR (European Framework of Reference for Languages)

University of Duisburg-EssenGraduate Admissions

The 16 International Master’s courses are mainly delivered under the faculties of Engineering, Chemistry, and Biology. For degrees like Master of Arts, the language requirements may vary from the common criteria and the applicant must check for such cases. Some of the general criteria to be eligible for the Master’s entry are given below:

Where to apply: Application is done online through University Application portal

  • Bachelor's degree in a related subject area, with adequate length of studies
  • An average GPA of 2.5 or better according to the German scale of GPA
  • Proficiency in German and English language correspondings to level B1 of the CEFR (European Framework of Reference for Languages)

As per 2019 statistics, 42294 students are enrolled in 247-degree programs. There are several English-taught courses for International students on subjects ranging from Humanities, Education, Social Science to Engineering, Medicine, Natural Science, and Economics. International applicants are required to fulfill English language requirements for international programs and German language requirements for other courses.

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