In the heart of the Ruhr area
Studying and living in Essen
Industrial location, cultural city, a metropolis in transformation: Since its founding at the start of the 1990s, FOM International University has been headquartered in Essen. In the middle of the Ruhr area, the city has a lot to offer: grand industrial monuments, cultural and sporting highlights and appealing local recreation areas.
Centrally located in a business metropolis
DAX-listed corporations such as E.ON and RWE are based in Essen, as are some notable major companies, including DB Schenker, Evonik Industries and ThyssenKrupp. Since the start of the 1990s, with its head office in Essen, FOM University has been supporting the structural transformation of the Ruhr area with its excellent, practical and academic teaching. There are now more than 50,000 students enrolled at 35 FOM university centres in Germany. The campus in Herkulesstraße in Essen offers well-equipped facilities and lecture theatres as well as a reference library.
FOM Campus Essen
As a city within the Ruhr metropolis, Essen is now a location with internationally active companies.
Rector of FOM International University
History & modernity
Essen can look back on a long history, which began with the Essen Abbey in 850. The Ruhr metropolis is a city in structural transformation. Essen is undergoing a transformation from an industrial, working town into a major modern city. With around 600,000 inhabitants, Essen is the fourth largest city in North Rhine Westphalia and the tenth largest in Germany.
Industry & business
Essen gained in economic importance during industrialisation in the 19th century. The wealth of natural resources such as coal and the rise in the steel industry are closely linked with the city. Essen and the Ruhr thus became drivers of the German “economic miracle”. Today, large parts of the coal and steel industry have given way to companies, universities and cultural institutions.
Art & culture
Essen is a pulsing cultural metropolis and is home, for example, to the famous Folkwang Museum and the Aalto Theatre. The Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex showcases industrial culture at close quarters – the UNESCO world heritage site is one of the region’s tourist attractions. In addition to this, Essen, which has been shaped by industry, is full of surprises, with parks, green spaces and local recreation areas, including the Gruga and the Park around Villa Hügel.
Mobility & transport
The international Düsseldorf airport is only 30 kilometres away from Essen. Located in Essen's city centre is its main train station, which provides connections to all major cities in the region. With direct links to Berlin, Hamburg and Munich, you will reach Germany's megacities in just a few hours. Essen also boasts a well-developed local public transport network and for those spontaneous trips out, there are also thousands of bicycles to hire around the city.