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Background

Germany is still a preferred destination for students from all around the world to further their education.
Until recently, the applicants were required by law to have a university entrance admission similar to the one in Germany; the so-called Hochschulzugangsberechtigung (HZB). Not all countries worldwide, and not all schools are recognized to offer a final school exam on that level. Additional regulations stipulate possible replacements in lieu of the HZB, like a successful study of at least one year study in the applicants' home countries, or following a one-year prerequisite course of some kind, attending a so-called Studienkolleg, and some more.
Characteristic for these other ways to enter a German university is the time that needs to be dedicated: usually at least one year.

In February 2012 the Ministry of Higher Education of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), one of the 16 states in Germany, has issued a modified university law, allowing (in its paragraph 49) specific high school leavers without HZB to commence studies in NRW within the same year of their secondary school exit examination. The target for this offer is the upper echelon of the school leavers, and offers an entry examination in lieu of the Hochschulzugangsberechtigung. The universities of NRW have the prerogative to decide on their participation in this programme, as well as the subjects offered.
The University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) has decided to open the International Studies in Engineering (ISE) programme for this type of applicants, to begin with. Later the list of subjects as well as participating faculties will be extended.

The details, the programmes offered, as well as entry requirements and application procedures can be found under Subjects.

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