Applicants from non-EU countries

Important Information

‚ÄčIconfinder 101 Warning 183416 _1_Due to the current situation, we would like to inform you that, until further notice, the open visiting hours at the international office will be taking place in digital form We offer telephone and video consultation and continue to provide support via e-mail.

Until further notice, enrolment is only possible by e-mail!

Please also check our Coronavirus FAQs and latest information on Coronavirus Regulations.

Your Application

Step by Step

How do I choose a degree programme?

We are pleased that you are interested in studying at the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE). When choosing your future degree programme, you should ask yourself the following questions:

  • What am I interested in studying?
  • Does the University of Duisburg-Essen offer my choice of degree programmes?
  • Do I have an alternative (second choice of programme)?
  • Does my chosen programme have admission restrictions (numerus clausus)?
  • Does the degree programme begin in the winter and/or the summer semester?
  • Are there any language and/or special admission requirements?
  • Where and by when do I have to apply?
  • Which documents should I send with my application? (the documents to be submitted are listed on the respective application portal)

What are the admission requirements?

Everyone who wants to study at a German university must have a sufficient educational background to qualify for university entrance. This generally means a secondary school certificate (in some cases in combination with an entrance examination) but sometimes you must also provide evidence of previous study, possibly even to graduate level.

The University of Duisburg Essen is responsible for checking that university entrance qualifications and further entrance requirements are met. If your qualifications from your previous education are considered equivalent to the German Abitur school-leaving examination, you have direct access to higher education. If your certificates do not entitle you to enter higher education directly, you may be required to take a preparatory course at a Studienkolleg. The University of Duisburg-Essen unfortunately does not have its own Studienkolleg. On the "Studienklollegs in Germany", website you will find details of locations and admission requirements.

What level of German do I need?

The language of instruction at the University of Duisburg-Essen is German (except in the English-language degree programmes). You must therefore have a good knowledge of German if you want to study successfully. The majority of foreign applicants are required to provide evidence of German proficiency to DSH 2 level (with just a few exceptions for certain programmes) before they begin full academic study. You may present one of the following as evidence of your proficiency in German:

  • German language test for entrance to higher education with an overall level of at least DSH 2 (taken at a German university),
  • German language diploma (level II) of the KMK Standing Conference (DSD II) (Kultusministerkonferenz),
  • telc C1 Hochschule certificate with an overall of ausreichend or higher,
  • TestDaF certificate in ALL subsections to level TDN 4 or higher,
  • Zentrale Oberstufenprüfung (ZOP) certificate from the Goethe Institute,
  • Kleines Deutsches Sprachdiplom and/or Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom,
  • Successful completion of the Studienkolleg assessment test,
  • Completed degree programme in German Studies within the EU or the CIS countries (further countries may be specified by the DSH Commission).

Please note the current DSH3 regulations for the following study programmes

Medicine (State Examination)


Business Administration Duisburg (M. Sc.)


German as a foreign and second language 
(double degree M.A.)



Are there any other language requirements?

For many degree programmes evidence of other language skills is essential. You can find out the language requirements of the various programmes from the descriptions on the “Study courses” pages.

PLEASE NOTE: You cannot apply for admission to ISE degree programmes at the University of Duisburg-Essen without basic knowledge of the English language. Candidates are expected to have acquired English language skills equivalent to the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages specified below in their home countries:

  • B1 (for bachelor’s programmes)
  • B2 (for master’s programmes) 

Please provide proof of your language skills in the form of a certificate (TOEFL, IELTS, Medium of Instruction).


Can I apply without adequate knowledge of German?

If you do not have a certificate proving the required German language proficiency for direct admission for a course without admission restrictions (F), you can apply for a German language course.

Please note: Be aware that you CANNOT apply for German language courses in preparation of a course with admission restrictions (NC/Orts-NC)!

There is no particular application deadline for language courses; you can apply at any time while the application portals are open.  Once your eligibility for university admission – and, in the case of master’s courses, your subject-specific aptitude - has been established, you will receive a letter of admission for a language course.

You are then able to enrol at the University of Duisburg-Essen as a German course student for the time in which you are learning German. You are then issued your semester documents, including your student identity card, semester ticket and access to the University facilities (Mensa dining halls, library, IT services, university sport, etc.).

Attending the language programme is by no means part of the full degree programme. During the German course you concentrate entirely on learning the language and on the German language examination. When you have successfully completed the German course, it is essential that you make a renewed application for your chosen degree programme by the applicable deadlines.

Unfortunately the University of Duisburg-Essen does not offer any preparatory German courses. Please find a list of possible language course providers here.


New DSH-Requirements

From March 2015 the minimum language requirement for registration for the DSH Examination will be raised to C1 on the CEFR. Applications for an examination place in March must be accompanied by proof that level C1 has already been successfully completed. This may come in the form of a certificate or explicit confirmation from a language school that the level C1 has been successfully completed. This proof must be submitted at the time of application for the DSH Examination. Confirmations which only state the number and/or hours of German classes will no longer be accepted.

Downloads and Links

Information on DSH exam at UDE

DSH-Regulations at UDE

Language course provider

Information on TestDaF


How do I apply?


Dates and Deadlines

NC courses Bachelor / Master:

01.05. - 31.07. (Winter)
01.11. - 15.01. (Summer)

Admission-free courses Bachelor / Master:

01.05. - 15.09. (Winter)
01.11. - 15.03. (Summer)


There are two ways to apply for a course offered at the University of Duisburg Essen. Depending on the degree, you will submit your online application either directly to the University or through the uni-assist portal.

Use the following buttons to find out which method is suitable for your application:


Bachelor Programmes

Applicants who would like to apply for a German-language bachelor's degree (including MEDICINE) and applicants for a bachelor's degree as part of the "International Studies in Engineering (ISE)" program must first use the Uni-Assist application portal.

Master Programmes

Applicants who would like to apply for a German-language master’s course and those who would like to apply for a master’s course as part of the "International Studies in Engineering (ISE)" program must first use the UDE's application portal.

Bewerbung für ein höheres Fachsemester

You can find information on the crediting of previous academic achievements as well as the application process here: Student Administration Office.

ISE-Bewerbung für ein höheres Fachsemester

Please apply regularly for admission and wait for the result.

If you fulfill all of the requirements for direct admission to the study course of your choice, you will receive the official admission letter for the first/basic semester and you can then apply for the recognition of your previous studies afterwards. Your application for the credit transfer can only be processed after you have received your admission letter.

Please find further information and a link to the application form for recognition of previous studies on  

Please only submit the German version of the application form to the Examination Office and add all required documents including your admission letter by the deadline on July, 15th for the coming winter semester and January, 15th for the coming summer semester.

Please send your documents for credit transfer to:

Universität Duisburg-Essen Universität Duisburg-Essen
Prüfungswesen Campus Duisburg Prüfungswesen Campus Duisburg
Nicole Böttcher Kristina Roßmüller
Geibelstraße 41 Geibelstraße 41
47057 Duisburg 47057 Duisburg

The Examination office will proceed with your application for credit transfer after they have received all of the required documents in full and on time. In cooperation with the faculty, this process might take several weeks. You will be informed of the result as soon as a decision is made.

Please note that you can still enroll for the first/basic semester of the study course if you are waiting for the result. We can change and update your enrollment status to a higher semester if the recognition of your previous studies is subsequently approved.




International Office

Campus Essen

Universitätsstr. 15
45117 Essen

Campus Duisburg

Geibelstraße 41
47057 Duisburg

Consultation via ZOOM

Admission Office
Meeting-ID: 657 8546 5049
Password: 831855

Mondays: 1–3 p.m.
Tuesdays to Fridays: 9–12 a.m.


For queries please contact the person in charge at the International Office.