About the Program Through this direct enrollment program at the Universitaet Duisburg, Tulane students will enroll in the university's Political Science Department in order to take courses right alongside local degree-seeking students. The University of Duisburg-Essen was formed in 2003 when Gerhard Mercator University was merged with the University of Essen. The university was named after the great geographer and renaissance scholar Gerhard Mercator, who lived and worked in Duisburg from 1552 to 1594 and was the most significant cartographer of the early modern age.
While Tulane’s exchange is with the Faculty of Social Sciences, students will be enrolled on the Duisburg Campus (DUC) which hosts nearly 15,000 students in 5 faculties. DUC provides all advantages of a relatively small university with many opportunities for close contact between students and faculty. Because of its standing in the international academic community, DUC has become a center for conferences and a meeting place for scientists and scholars from all over the world. Despite its attractive location adjacent to a wooded area of the town, the university campus is close to the city center of Duisburg and is easily accessible by bicycle or public transportation.
Duisburg, Germany The city of Duisburg has a population of 500,000, very similar to size in New Orleans. The thriving university city boasts a wide variety of shops, restaurants, museums and cultural venues, but is small enough to be walkable and nature-filled, with large parks nearby. By participating in this direct exchange program, Tulane students will have the opportunity to live in a typical German town in the beautiful Ruhr region of the country.
Academic Culture Through direct enrollment at the university, students will engage in German university culture first-hand. The German academic system is a bit different from what students may be used to at Tulane. In general, students are required to do more work independently or outside of the classroom and will be assessed less often. Whereas courses at Tulane usually have 4 or 5 graded assignments over the span of one semester, German courses may only have one or two assessments towards the end of the semester.
Students may also find that they are following a number of different types of courses, rather than all lecture courses. For example, a large lecture may have 200 students that breaks down into smaller seminar groups in order to discuss academic topics and issued that were presented during the lecture. Students may also sign up for tutorials, classes in which students review the learning material with students from higher semesters. These tutors will answer questions as well as provide tips on exam content.
Student Life Tulane students at Universitaet Duisburg will be fully integrated alongside their German peers and may participate in a wide variety of student-organized clubs, societies and sports while in Germany. The International Office provides an orientation at the beginning of each semester and works with students to facilitate engagement in such activities as the Buddy Program, through which you can meet up with a local student. A German language partner is another fantastic way to both build your language skills and develop friendships on-campus! The International Office also provides an array of academic and social events to both support visiting students and help them integrate into university life.
Housing While the university itself does not run any halls of residence, students may select rooms from a number of halls in Duisburg and Essen that are run by the Studentenwerk (a student welfare services organisation. Studentwerk provides a number of options for visiting students, including single rooms, shared flats or entire apartments. The University strongly recommends that exchange students makes accommodation arrangements in advance in order to secure your choice. The university offers a shuttle between the Duisburg campuses and residence halls in order to facilitate easy commuting!