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  • Locations: Duisburg, Germany
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Quarter
  • Restrictions: WWU applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Quarter 2019 01/11/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Exchange Language of Instruction: English, German
Language Prerequisite: Yes Fields of Study: International Studies, Political Science
Program Description:

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University of Duisburg-Essen
Institute of Political Science


Program Snapshot

The University of Duisburg-Essen is one of Germany's youngest universities, located in two cities of the Ruhr area of Germany.  With a studet population of approximately 31,000, it is one of the largest universities in Germany and has about 3,565 international students.  The University of Duisburg-Essen exchange program is open WWU students in the Faculty of Social Sciences.  


Duisburg is one fo the oldest university towns in Germany.  The University of Duesburg-Essen is situated in the central and western part of the Ruhr area. The Ruhr area was influenced by the coal and steel industries and has become a melting pot of people from the most diverse cultural and ethnic groups due to two centuries of immigration and migration. The people of this region are, for this reason, said to be very open and tolerant. Today, it offers a wide range of cultural activities with more than two hundred museums, as well as theatres, concerts, art exhibitions, and preserved industrial sites. The area has the highest concentration of universities in Europe, with a total of 170,000 students, and is also an attractive location thanks to its proximity to the Netherlands and Belgium.

Academic Program and Courses

The Institute of Political Science at the University Duisburg-Essen (UDE) is the largest educational and research institution for political science in the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) and enjoys high standing within the German political science community. Students benefit from a wide range of associated research centers and programs, such as the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF) and the NRW School of Governance.

The Institutes offers a broad selection of study programs: a BA in Political Science, several specialized Masters in German and English language, as well as the opportunity to acquire a doctoral degree (Ph.D. equivalent). The BA Political Science program provides a general introduction to the discipline and qualifies for any MA program in social sciences. Close cooperation with the Institute of Sociology and the Institute of East Asian Studies (IN-EAST) opens opportunities for interdisciplinary orientation.

The academic year is divided into winter and summer terms, with each term lasting six months. Students are expected to use the time after lectures end and before the examination period starts for independent studies.

Winter Term: early Oct. – late March (Lecture dates: mid October – early Feb.)
Summer Term: early April – end of Sept. (Lecture dates: mid April – mid July)

The language of instruction at the University of Duisburg-Essen is German, with the exception of the international degree courses. It is therefore preferred that students have a good command of German in order to successfully complete their coursework.

The International Office also offers language courses during the semester to further advance student's language skills.  More information on language courses can be found here.


Housing options include: dorms/student residences, off-campus apartments, and on-campus apartments. Student residence halls are mainly managed by the Studentenwerk Essen-Duisburg office. For one room in a shared apartment, a participant can expect to pay 150 euro and up per month. For a studio apartment, 300 euro and up/month, and for a one-bedroom apartment 400 euro and up. In student housing provided by the university's Housing Office, rooms are fully furnished, and charges for utilities are included in the monthly rent, most rooms also include free internet access. 

Program Cost

Exchange program participants will pay WWU in-state tuition and mandatory fees.  All other costs associated with participation in the program (including transportation, room and board, personal expenses) are the responsibility of the individual student.  Check the budget sheet for information on any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-program activities.

Application Process

There are two applications for exchange students to complete.  The first application is the International Programs & Exchanges (IPE) application.  After students are selected for nomination, they must complete the University of Duisburg-Essen application.

Additional Information

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