International Visiting and Exchange Students Welcome to the University of Duisburg-Essen

We are pleased that you are interested in studying at the University of Duisburg-Essen as a visiting or exchange student.

Visiting and exchange students are non-degree-seeking students studying for one or two semesters at the University of Duisburg-Essen under an exchange scheme (e.g. ERASMUS, DAAD, bilateral exchange agreements) or with a scholarship.

Please find below important information about nomination, application, housing, language courses etc.


In order to study as an exchange student at University of Duisburg-Essen, please apply first through your home university (usually through the International Office). An application at the University of Duisburg-Essen is only possible if you have been selected by your home university for a study visit at the University of Duisburg-Essen and if you have been nominated to us by your International Office or Faculty.

The nomination deadline is 1 May for the winter term (semester starts in October) and 1 November for the summer term (semester starts in April). As soon as we have received the nomination from your home university we will send you an email with information on the application procedure and a link to the online application system.

Onine Application and Admission

As soon as we have received the nomination from your home university, you will receive information on our online application system. Please fill out the application form carefully. The following documents have to be uploaded:

  • Current Transcript of Records (PDF format)
  • Learning Agreement (PDF format)
  • Copy of the picture page of your passport (PDF format)
  • Passport photo (JPEG format)
  • Please note: Medical students have to upload proof of proficiency in German on B1 level (PDF format)

After you have filled in the application form, uploaded all necessary documend and submitted the application, a PDF of your application will be generated. Please print the form, have it signed by your faculty’s coordinator or institutional coordinator and send it to: within the application deadline.

Please note the application deadlines:

  • Application deadline for the winter term and a full academic year is 1 June
  • Application deadline for the summer term is 1 December

We will send you the acceptance letter approximatly one month after the application deadline.

Accomodation (ERASMUS)

Please note that the university itself does not run any halls of residence. The student residence halls in Duisburg and Essen are administered by the Studierendenwerk (a student welfare services organisation). Please contact the Studierendenwerk directly if you have questions regarding the student residences.

We strongly recommend that you make accommodation arrangements for your stay in Duisburg or Essen in advance. Depending on your place of study, you could book a room in a hall of residence in either Duisburg or Essen. The two campuses are about 20 km apart and both campuses can be quickly reached by public transport (duration: about 45 minutes). The distance between can also be covered in about 30 minutes with the university’s own shuttle.

Please use the online application form for your room reservation. Don’t forget to mention that you are an ERASMUS student / exchange student!

Do not make any room reservations until you have received the letter of acceptance.

Orientation Days and Language Courses

At the beginning of each semester the International Office organises an orientation days for new exchange students. During the orientation days, you will be introduced to your new environment, the city and the university. These days also give you an opportunity to meet your fellow students.

You will receive all relevant information about the orientation days together with your letter of admission.

In addition to the orientations days the university offers German language courses free of charge along the terms for all international students. Here you can find further information.

Information for Free Movers

"Free movers" are non degree seeking students who are not involved in an exchange or scholarship programme, but would like to study at UDE for one or two semesters, making their own arrangements.

To apply as a free mover you must be enrolled as a regular student at your home institution, your course of study has to be offered by University Duisburg-Essen and you need to find a faculty supervisor at the respective faculty at University of Duisburg-Essen beforehand. Please check first in our study course database whether your course of study is offered at University of Duisburg-Essen and consult the webpages of the faculties in order to find a suitable supervisor. An application as a free mover is only possible if you can provide a letter of academic supervision from the faculty supervisor at University of Duisburg-Essen. Please contact Laura Seidel as soon as you have received the confirmation letter from your supervisor. We will then send you the link to the online application system.