University of Duisburg-Essen

The University Duisburg-Essen (German: Universität Duisburg-Essen) is a public university in Duisburg and Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany and a member of the new founded University Alliance Metropolis Ruhr.



Creative inspiration between Rhine and Ruhr: the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) is located in the European region with the highest density of institutions of higher learning. Created in 2003 by the merger of the universities of Duisburg and Essen, the UDE is the youngest university in North Rhine-Westphalia and one of the ten largest universities in Germany.


The university is dedicated to tolerance and peaceful collaboration. They are committed to treating everyone we meet at the university with respect, honesty and trust regardless of his or her position, nationality, religion, gender or other attribute.


Internal institutions of the University and a ring of non-university institutions can provide impressive results of diverse practical work. Not only the technical disciplines are responsible for these impressive results but also the humanities and social science.

  • Sphingolipids - Signal and Disease
  • Competence Models for Assessing Individual Learning Outcomes and Evaluating Educational Processes
  • Biological Responses to Nanoscale Particles
  • Translation of Thyroid Hormone Actions beyond Classical Concepts
  • Reliable Simulation Techniques in Solid Mechanics. Development of Non-standard Discretisation Methods, Mechanical and Mathematical Analysis


During the mutual vetting that takes place before the university appoints a new professor, the possibilities for the professional development of the candidate's spouse or life partner often play a decisive role.The University of Duisburg-Essen has established the Dual Career Service to take account of the situation of double-career couples during the negotiations that are part of the appointment process. In addition to gathering information of interest to such couples, the Dual Career Service provides them with support and assistance during the search for an adequate position or other option enabling the prospective professor's spouse or life partner to stay on his or her chosen career path.

Master's Programmes

Engineering & Technology (6)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (5)
Social Sciences (3)
Business & Management (2)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Medicine & Health (1)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)

University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
201 -4
197 4
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.


Student services

The "Support Center for (International) Engineering Students" (SCIES) acts as a help desk for all study-related questions in the Faculty of Engineering. The mission of SCIES is to support all students at the Faculty of Engineering and to help them gain the best from their experiences at the University of Duisburg-Essen. SCIES consults in questions with the studies, helps in administrative matter, supports in finding accommodation and is in all questions the first level support for the students.

Library services

  • Confucius-Institute Reading Room
Confucius-Institute Reading RoomThe Confucius-Institute Metropolis Ruhr possesses a well-assorted collection on books, journals and DVDs in Chinese, German and English language.
  • University of Duisburg-Essen Library – “East Asia Collection”
  • City Library of Duisburg "Window to China"

ICT services

Centre for Information and Media Services

The CIM is acting as a central service for all members of the University of Duisburg-Essen. The CIM was founded in order to boost the core competences of the computing and media centres, the data processing unit of the 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.

  • Football clubs
in Duisburgin Essen
  • Basektball Community
basketball in Duisburgbasketball in Essen
  • Tennis club Duisburg-Süd
in Duisburgin Essen
  • Table tennis
Western table tennis associationin EssenTable tennis school DuisburgTable tennis club Homberg (Duisburg)
  • Swimming
Swimming pools in Duisburg and Schwimmbadcheck DuisburgSwimming pools in Essenwater parcs / aquatic amusement parks
  • Climbing
  • Dance clubs in NRW
in Duisburgin Essen
  • Athletics
Running in EssenRunning School Ruhr
  • Riding
in Duisburgin Essen

Student clubs

  • Ship Technology
  • Wissenschaft in der Praxis