Good Advice is Priceless
ABZ, IO, SCIES, IBZ and LuDi - these abbreviations stand for centres whose professional staff have the answers to just about any question students care to ask about university life. Prospective students often go straight to the Academic Counselling Centre for Study and Career Development (ABZ) which, like the International Office (IO), is responsible for all disciplines at the university.
Knowing where to ask is all there is to it: with the right tips and information, students can make their studies all the more interesting and varied - right through to graduation.
The International Office is the central service office for international contacts of the UDE and responsible for cooperation at international level. It also takes care of prospective and present foreign students, doctoral candidates and visiting academics from abroad. They especially advise students on matters of application and enrolment, and are in charge of all matters concerning the admission of international students.
The ABZ, the General Academic Guidance and Career Service, offer a broad range of services for students at all stages of their university career and beyond. The teams are aware of the demands of everyday university life and at the same time offer courses to help students improve their chances on the job market after graduation.
The Student Residence Service Essen-Duisburg provides information on housing, financing, health insurance and student life for the University of Duisburg-Essen, the Folkwang University of the Arts and for the Hochschule Ruhr West of Applied Sciences. They aim to help you find answers to any questions and problems arising in connection with your life as a student.
LuDi stands for the Mathematics Learning and Discussion Centre. This is where maths geniuses can come to work out mathematical problems - if necessary with the help of experienced fellow students. They are there to provide all mathematics students with clever tips and help to make LuDi an ideal place to read, learn, think, ask questions, and discuss.
The Information and Advisory Centre (IBZ) was set up at the Faculty of Social Sciences as a point of contact for sociology and political science students in relation to their subject. It also deals with questions concerning study planning or exam coordination and helps to arrange interesting placements, practice-based projects or periods of study abroad.
Specific advice relating to the faculties is available throughout the university. Some faculties, however, have set up their own separate facilities, like the Support Centre for (Inter)national Engineering Students (SCIES) especially for the engineering sciences.