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The College for Social Sciences and Humanities is situated in a historic building from the early 20th century in the city centre of Essen. Its close proximity to Essen main station (500 metres) ensures excellent connections to regional transportation and long-distance trains, including frequent service to Dusseldorf airport (40 minutes). A dense local public transport grid connects the city centre to other districts and the campus of the University of Duisburg-Essen. 

In the vicinity of the College, you will find a wide range of restaurants, snack bars, and cafés catering to various tastes. Several cultural points of interest are in close reach, such as the Grillo theatre, the main library, the Old Synagogue (house of Jewish culture), Essen Cathedral, the city archive, and the historic Lichtburg cinema. You will also find all amenities of a city centre, such as shops, banks, drugstores, and a weekly market. 

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The College boasts modern office facilities as well as high-standard equipment for lectures, academic events, and meetings.

  • The large conference hall can accommodate events for up to 100 people.
  • A spacious lounge area provides comfortable space for coffee and lunch breaks, reading, or meetings in a relaxed atmosphere.
  • The offices and working spaces are tastefully furnished and all located on the same floor. 

The City of Essen

Essen is a metropolitan city with a population of more than 590,000, situated in the heart of the Ruhr region. Once the coal mining centre of Europe, Essen is now a modern, culturally versatile metropolis characterised by high diversity and an international outlook. The Essen exhibition centre (Messe) hosts numerous international fairs with up to two million visitors each year. 

One of the city’s major landmarks is the Zollverein XII Coal Mine Industrial Complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, now hosting a visitor centre, a Performing Arts Centre (PACT), and the Red Dot Design Museum. Among Essen’s numerous cultural attractions are the Philharmonic and Aalto theatre, staging world-class concerts, operas, and ballets, the Museum Folkwang, hosting an impressive arts collection from the 19th and 20th century, and the 19th-century manor house Villa Hügel, formerly the residence of the Krupp industrial family. 

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Essen is also significant as a science location: in addition to the University of Duisburg-Essen, the city is home to the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) and the Folkwang University of the Arts, as well as various other research institutions and associations. 

Selected as the European Green Capital for 2017, Essen is the third greenest city in Germany. It features several large parks and more than 700 green spaces, as well as extensive woodlands and pastures in its outskirts which can be explored by various hiking trails. Sites of particular interest include Grugapark, with its extensive botanical gardens and playgrounds, and Lake Baldeney, a reservoir of the Ruhr, with water sports, swimming, and leisure activities on the riverbanks. 

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College for Social Sciences and Humanities

UA Ruhr | Research Alliance
Lindenallee 39-41
45127 Essen, Germany

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