Heinrich-Heine University – Düsseldorf, Germany

Heinrich-Heine-University (HHU), founded in 1965 was named after German poet Heinrich Heine. Following several expansions throughout the decades, the university has comprised five faculties since 1993. 37,000 students are currently enrolled at HHU.

It is a campus-based university where everything is close together and all buildings including the specialised libraries are easily reachable. The university departments enjoy an excellent reputation due to an exceptionally high number of collaborative research centres. HHU places particular value on equal rights and opportunities. That is why the university actively advocates an increase in the number of women at the university, for example through special training measures or mentoring programmes for young female researchers.

Moreover, the state capital Düsseldorf provides an attractive environment with a high quality of life. Current city rankings prove the high standard and satisfaction of the citizens with the state capital of North Rhine-Westphalia. The party miles in the old town, the legendary carnival, the huge cultural offerings and the green banks of the Rhine have always ensured this. Many European cities including Brussels and Amsterdam are just a few hours as well, with Düsseldorf situated in an ideal location to travel across Europe.

Programmes of study

DMU’s exchange agreement with HHU allows students enrolled on the following programmes to study abroad:

  • Art Design and Humanities – Creative Writing, English Literature and English Language (including with Chinese Mandarin, Spanish, French or TESOL)

The catalogue for BA courses in English and American Studies can be accessed here. Exchange students can choose from Intermediate and Advanced Modules. Advanced module courses are divided into ‘Funktion’ (Function), ‘Geschichte’ (History) and ‘Struktur’ (Structure), so you will have to click on those terms to see the full list. Moreover, students are welcome to study courses from the International MA programme Comparative Studies in English and American Language, Literature and Culture. Those courses can be found here. All of these courses are taught in English.

Students are required to follow a full year programme of study at HHU.

Travel & accommodation

  • Travel – the nearest major airport is Düsseldorf Rhine-Ruhr airport. Upon arrival it is recommended that you take the city train (S-Bahn) to the main station and from there to the university by tram (line U79 to the final stop ‘Uni-Ost / Botanischer Garten’ = University east / botanical garden). For more information please see the HHU website.
  • Accommodation – Student halls of residence are located near HHU as well as directly on campus. Allocation of accommodation is managed by Düsseldorf Student Services (Studierendenwerk). There is a range of options available including studios, single rooms in a shared flat of 1 or 2 bedrooms and more. The average monthly rent amounts to around £250 – 400 per month. Please visit the Studierendenwerk website to find out more.

Visas & insurance

  • Visas – To take part in this exchange you are responsible for ensuring that you meet German immigration requirements.
  • Insurance – All students are recommended to purchase travel insurance for the duration of their time in Europe to cover personal possessions and healthcare. UK and EU nationals can apply for a UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) which is time-limited to the length of the exchange period.


Living costs in Germany tend to be lower than those in the UK. We recommend that you do further independent research to gain a better understanding of the cost of your year abroad. To help you, we have a created a simple cost comparison between the UK and Germany: