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View of Düsseldorf and the Rhine River bank from above, with the TV tower in focus

Studying in Düsseldorf

Düsseldorf offers you 18 degree programmes in English at 13 higher education institutions.

Many people have three things in mind when they think of Düsseldorf: Carnival, the Rhine River and the “longest bar in the world.” In addition, the lively fashion and trade fair city offers numerous other attractions. Although Düsseldorf is not a typical student city, anyone who appreciates international flair, perfect connections and great cultural offerings is in good hands here.

With just under 630,000 inhabitants, Düsseldorf is one of the ten largest cities in Germany. The former fishing village presents itself today with a mix of modern and historical architecture. This contrast is most apparent when you explore the old town and the modern media harbour with its futuristic-looking buildings.

In recent decades, the city has established itself as an important location for trade fairs, fashion and other industries. Today, Düsseldorf is a popular destination for businesspeople, but also for tourists. They will find a cosy city with Rhenish cheerfulness, a broad cultural offer and a lot of diversity.

Not only tourists benefit from the good transport connections in the capital of North Rhine-Westphalia. Students can also quickly reach other metropolises along the Rhine such as Cologne or Bonn. Public transport is also well-developed within the city. With your student ID card, you can get to the city centre from all districts easily and, above all, free of charge.

While Düsseldorf is not a classic student city, around 55,000 students live and study at the city's many different higher education institutions. So when it comes to the pub scene, you can expect to find a broad choice that fits every taste. Unfortunately, Düsseldorf is also one of the most expensive cities in Germany. Demand is particularly high in the sought-after districts. It's best to look around for flats, shared flats or student halls of residence as soon as possible.

Life in Düsseldorf

629,000 residents

  • High-speed train connections

    In close vicinity

  • International airport

    In close vicinity

  • Coast

    North Sea in 175 km distance

  • Mountain range

    Siebengebirge in 60 km distance

  • Other countries

    The Netherlands in 40 km distance

  • Attractions within 100 km

    • Linnep Castle in 16 km distance

    • Cologne in 35 km distance

    • Eifel National Park in 70 km distance

13 higher education institutions in Düsseldorf

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Subject groups of degree programmes in Düsseldorf

There is a wide range of degree programmes in Düsseldorf. Here you can see the main subject groups. Currently, degree programmes in Düsseldorf are mainly offered in the subject group Economic Sciences, Law, followed by Humanities and Social Sciences and Art, Music, Design. Find out more information here about the subject groups and degree programmes offered in Germany.
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    Agricultural and Forest Sciences

  • 62

    Humanities and Social Sciences

  • 40

    Mathematics, Natural Sciences

  • 52

    Art, Music, Design

  • 45

    Language and Cultural Studies

  • 34

    Medicine, Health Sciences

  • 129

    Economic Sciences, Law

  • 31

    Engineering Sciences

  • 2

    Teaching Degrees

People in costume at a Carneval parade
©Düsseldorf Tourismus

Düsseldorf Helau! Pick a costume and join the carnival parades.

Düsseldorf is the only city in Germany with pedestrian crossings with yellow lights.

The Altstadt (Old Town) is probably one of the best-known areas of Düsseldorf. Here you will find many chic cocktail bars and trendy dance clubs but also traditional pubs and restaurants in quaint and narrow alleys. Especially in the older pubs, you can expect to be served the typical local Altbier, a dark top-fermented beer speciality. Other culinary highlights of the city are "Halve Hahn" (rye roll with cheese and spices), "Himmel un Äd" (mashed potatoes and apple sauce with meat as a side dish) or "Rheinischer Sauerbraten" (a roast marinated in vinegar and other spices).

The Königsstraße, or "Kö" for short, is known throughout Germany as a shopping paradise with its exclusive designer shops and the adjacent shopping centre. If you would rather have a relaxed time with your friends, we can recommend the Rhine promenade. Especially in spring and summer, you can stroll along the river Rhine or enjoy the sun on one of the meadows. You can buy refreshing drinks or snacks at the many small cafés and bars directly on the banks. And if you want to follow the river even further, one of the boat tours along the Rhine might be just the thing for you.

If you were wondering why Düsseldorf is nicknamed "Nippon on the Rhine", it's because of the large Japanese community. It shapes the city's diverse culture. Besides the annual Japan Day, where manga fans and sushi lovers come together, you will also find numerous Japanese restaurants, small shops and supermarkets in Little Tokyo.

Another cultural highlight of Düsseldorf is, of course, the carnival. Just like Cologne, Aachen and Bonn, Düsseldorf goes crazy at carnival. For the street carnival, you slip into a costume of your choice and party and sing in bars and clubs with your friends.

A young woman walks through the city
A young woman walks through the cityJan von Allwörden / DAAD

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