After admission - applicants from non-EU countries
Applying for a visa
Costs and finance
Costs of studying and living
Scholarships of the University Duisburg-Essen
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Working during your studies?
If you want to work during you studies you will have to pay attention to several regulations. Please find further information on the DAAD website.
It is compulsory for all students in Germany to have health insurance. It is not possible to enrol as a student without proof of valid health insurance. Germany has both statutory and private health insurance schemes.
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Statutory health insurance
Most students are members of a statutory health insurance scheme. The contributions are set by law and therefore the same for all German health insurance providers. Students are issued a chip card from the health insurance and are not charged for medical, dental or hospital treatment.
If you are only able to enter the country at a later date: after entering Germany, you can contact your German statutory health insurance provider and request the reimbursement of health insurance contributions. Your statutory health insurance provider will make a decision on the outcome of your request.
Private health insurance
The price-performance ratio offered by the different private health insurers may vary. Members of a private health insurance scheme initially pay for all their medical treatment themselves. They are then reimbursed later by the health insurance when they submit the invoices.
Admission to higher education does not automatically come with an offer of a place in a student residence as is common in other countries. This means that you are responsible for organising your own accommodation.
There are different ways of finding a room or an apartment:
The University of Duisburg-Essen does not offer places in student accommodation itself. The Studierendenwerk is the student services provider responsible for the student residences. You can apply to the Studierendenwerk for a place in a student residence even if you have not yet received a letter of acceptance/admission from the University of Duisburg-Essen. The earlier you apply to the Studierendenwerk, the better. Online application for accommodation.
Student Residence Administration
Information on student residences
Please note the following steps for enrolment:
Enrolment for German language course students:
Possible throughout the year
Enrolment in a non-restricted bachelor's/ master’s degree programme:
Visit the pages of the the Registrar's Office
Enrolment in a restricted bachelor's/ master’s degree programme (NC):
Please see your letter of admission for the exact date.
Enrolment in a PhD programme:
Possible throughout the year - Information for prospective PhD candidates
Semester ticket VRR, NRW
Student identity card
User ID (“Unikennung”)
All students newly enrolled at the University of Duisburg-Essen are issued a personal user identification and password after enrolment. The user ID allows you to use the University’s IT services, for example for access to the internet (WLAN, PC workstations, LSF electronic lecture schedule, exam registration). Please contact the E-Point if you have any questions about your user identification and the IT services, or if you have forgotten your password.
Consultation via Zoom
For queries please contact the person in charge at the International Office.