Founded in 1654, Universität Duisburg-Essen (University of Duisburg-Essen) is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the the urban setting of the medium-sized city of Essen (population range of 500,000-1,000,000 inhabitants), North Rhine-Westphalia. Officially accredited/recognized by the Ministerium für Innovation, Wissenschaft und Forschung des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen (English: Ministry of Innovation, Science and Research of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia), Universität Duisburg-Essen is a very large (enrollment range: 30,000-34,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Universität Duisburg-Essen offers courses and programs leading to officialy recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees in several areas of study. International students are welcome to apply for enrollment. Universität Duisburg-Essen also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, housing, sport facilities and/or activities, financial aids and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services.