Study in Essen - the best degree programmes in 2023

Study in Essen - the best degree programmes in 2023

If you're thinking about studying in Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia or the surrounding area, a furnished flat will be just the right accommodation for you. You don't have to worry about kitchen equipment, Wi-Fi and utilities, because everything is included. The industrial culture of the Ruhr region will inspire you. The question is: Is Essen a city where students feel welcome?

Universities in Essen

There are 17 universities and 585 degree programmes in Essen. This answers the question: Essen is welcoming students and they make up 5.7% of the city's population. Some of the universities offer online-only degree programmes or the option to participate in studies digitally. Since the pandemic, the virtual campus has become an integral part of our lives. Not all of them are located in the city of Essen, some are in the catchment area such as Wuppertal or Bochum.

There is a big variety of degree programmes at universities in Essen, among them are:

  • Photography
  • Communication Management
  • Psychology
  • Sports
  • Business studies
  • Childhood Education
  • Business Information Systems
  • Real Estate Management
  • Business Psychology
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Musical
  • Dance

...and more. As you can see, there is a very wide range of options. Of course, you can stay in your flat to study, but maybe you feel like some company sometimes? Our common social areas are perfect for learning in company, but also for just hanging out with your neighbours.

Folkwang University of the Arts

The Folkwang University of the Arts has had an outstanding reputation ever since it was founded in 1927. Jürgen Prochnow and Elisabeth Volkmann are two well-known graduates of the school. Various courses of study are available to students in the fields of music, theatre, dance and design. The campus and venues of the university are located in and around the city of Essen.

Study programmes and degrees: Folkwang offers Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes in the fields of art, design, music and performing arts. Doctoral programmes and continuing education courses are also available.

Accreditation: The Folkwang Hochschule is accredited by the Science Council, the highest state accreditation body in Germany.

Mode of study: Folkwang offers full-time degree programmes that are very demanding and require a high level of commitment and dedication from students.

Teaching staff: Folkwang has a teaching staff of over 300 professors and lecturers.

Student body: Folkwang has a diverse student body of around 2,000 students, including international students from over 70 countries.

Partnerships with industry: Folkwang works with various companies and organisations, which gives students practical insights and experience in the industry.

FOM University

The FOM Hochschule für Oekonomie & Management is a private, non-profit university based in Essen. What subjects can you study here and what is there to say about the university?

Study programmes and degrees: FOM offers Bachelor's and Master's programmes in various fields of business administration, economics and management. It also offers MBA programmes and continuing education courses.

Accreditation: FOM University is accredited by the German Council of Science and Humanities, the highest state authority for academic accreditation in Germany.

Locations: The FOM is not only based in Essen, but in more than 30 locations in various cities in Germany, including Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Cologne and Munich.

Study mode: FOM offers flexible study options, including part-time and online study programmes, making it ideal for working professionals who want to continue their education. So even if you're not a full-time student, FOM is the right place for you.

Faculty: There are over 1,000 professors and lecturers at FOM who are experts in their respective fields and have practical experience in the industry.

Student body: FOM has over 57,000 students, including international students from more than 100 countries. Studying at FOM is particularly suitable for digital nomads who travel a lot and therefore rent furnished flats.

Research: FOM is a research university and has established several research centres and institutes in various areas of business and management.

Partnerships with the industry: FOM cooperates with various companies and organisations, which gives students practical insights and experience in different fields.

Other universities in the Ruhr region

In addition to these two institutes, there are many others. You can easily find information about them on the internet. The DUE (University of Duisburg Essen) is one of them. In addition to natural sciences, medicine, economics and education, you can also complete an engineering degree.

Want to find out more about Essen? Follow our blog to find the best tips you need to know before and after moving to this great city!

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