University of Cologne
  • No. Students: 53933
  • Frgn. Students: 4854
  • No. Staff: 5000
  • Study mode: 16 On campus
  • Languages of instruction: English
  • Phone:
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About the University of Cologne

The University of Cologne (German: Universität zu Köln) was the sixth university to be established in Central Europe and, although it closed in 1789 before being re-established in 1919, it is now one of the largest universities in Germany with more than 48,000 students. The university has been part of the German Universities Excellence Initiative since 2012, and as of 2015 it ranks 156th globally according to Times Higher Education, 305th according to QS World University Rankings and between 151 and 200 according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities.

Research Networks

The University of Cologne is one of Germany’s most successful institutions in terms of attracting research funding. We have a portfolio of almost 4,000 active projects and an average annual increase in third party funding of 12.6 percent over the last five years. We are firmly committed to the advancement of fundamental research which will influence tomorrow’s world and provide answers to the challenges of change and complexity of today’s world. Our greatest resource is an exceptionally broad subject base and our excellent and talented people.

We have particular strengths in our six competence areas:

  • Aging and Demographic Change
  • Social and Economic Behavior
  • Quantitative Modeling of Complex Systems
  • Social Inequalities and Intercultural Education
  • Cultures and Societies in Transition
  • Plant Sciences

Innovative Teaching Schemes and Structures

The University of Cologne offers its students a wide variety of degree courses, including double-degree programmes with renowned partners, for example in law with the Sorbonne (Paris). All programmes aim at providing a high level of education and training that prepares students for a career in academic research and/or other professions.

Currently the majority of students (out of 47,467) are enrolled in four profession-oriented areas: business administration, law, medicine, and teacher education. In particular, with about 14,000 students enrolled in study programmes for all types of teachers and school subjects, the University of Cologne is one of the largest teacher training institutions in Europe. Thus, the university has taken major steps to better address the individual career needs of its students by exploring new concepts for both research- and profession-oriented education.

  • The Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences

    Our School has over a century of experience in the education of new generations of business professionals, economists, social analysts and political experts. During this time we have developed a tradition of close dialogue with our stakeholders and a focus on research that is relevant to the corporate world, to economic policy and to society at large. Today as in the past, our faculty is committed to further cultivating the unity of research and teaching which enables us both to deliver insights and to educate people, and in so doing to enrich business practice and broaden societal alternatives at home and internationally.



The University of Cologne was established in 1388 as the fourth university in the Holy Roman Empire, after the Charles University of Prague (1348), the University of Vienna(1365) and the Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg (1386). The charter was signed by Pope Urban VI. The university began teaching on January 6, 1389. In 1798, the university was abolished by the French, who had invaded Cologne in 1794, because under the new French constitution, universities were abolished all over France.The last rector Ferdinand Franz Wallraf was able to preserve the university’s Great Seal, now once more in use.


In 1919, the Prussian government endorsed a decision by the Cologne City Council to re-establish the university. On May 19, 1919, theCologne Mayor Konrad Adenauer signed the charter of the modern university.

At that point, the new university was located in Neustadt-Süd, but relocated to its current campus in Lindenthal on 2 November 1934. The old premises are now being used for the Cologne University of Applied Sciences.

Initially, the university was composed of the Faculty of Commerce, Economics and Social Sciences (successor to the Institutes of Commerce and of Communal and Social Administration) and the Faculty of Medicine (successor to the Academy of Medicine). In 1920, the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Arts were added, from which latter the School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences was split off in 1955 to form a separate Faculty. In 1980, the two Cologne departments of the Rhineland School of Education were attached to the university as the Faculties of Education and of Special Education. In 1988, the university became a founding member of the Community of European Management Schools and International Companies (CEMS), today's Global Alliance in Management Education.

The University is a leader in the area of economics and is regularly placed in top positions for law and commerce, both for national and international rankings.


Institutional Accreditation or Recognition - Ministerium für Innovation, Wissenschaft und Forschung des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen


The university has been part of the German Universities Excellence Initiative since 2012, and as of 2015 it ranks 156th globally according to Times Higher Education, 305th according to QS World University Rankings and between 151 and 200 according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities.

Student life

The amount of the associated costs in Germany is about 800 euros per month.

Free-of-charge internet access

Pick-up service from railway station / airport

About the City:

Deggendorf (a city of about 35,000 inhabitants) is located about 140 km northeast of Munich in the Bavarian Forest on the Danube River.The city's unusual location has given Deggendorf its second name: Gateway to the Bavarian Forest. Wooded hills rise up from the town square with its wide market streets, the Old Town Hall and its imposing Gothic tower. Cartographers have measured an altitude of 305 metres above sea level at the town's centre. The Breitenauer Riegel Mountain is 1,114 metres above sea level. What other city can offer such differences in altitudeßDeggendorf is the key to one of the prettiest landscapes in central Europe: the Bavarian Forest. With opportunities for walking, bicycling, and skiing in winter, everything is at our doorstep. Along with sports, recreation and nature, friendliness is a part of the city's atmosphere.Topography is not Deggendorf's only highlight. With our theatres, concerts, cabaret or exhibitions, we are a cultural centre between the Danube River and the Bavarian Forest. When the city sends out invitations to a festival, 100,000 visitors come to celebrate. The traditional Deggendorf Folk Festival and the Spring Festival attract many visitors from near and far.Deggendorf is an economic centre in southeastern Bavaria. The city is the site of several companies who have contacts with the rest of the world. "High-tech made in Deggendorf" is a special trademark and no mere slogan, but rather a reality. The inland port is a special factor adding to the city's attractive location. Along with Duisburg, it is unique in Germany. Since 1994, the city is also home to the Deggendorf Institute of Technology, whose positive impact will continue to be felt in many areas in the future.

Cost of living:

Food and accommodation amount to approx. 800 EUR per month.

University Services

Calendar of Events

The Calendar of Events offers an overview of all current guest lectures, theatre performances, musical events, guided tours, exhibitions and much more.


Different ensembles offer a rich musical programme – to enjoy and to participate in.

  • Collegium Musicum
  • Ensembles of the Institute for Musical Education

Studio Stage and Film Workshop

The Studio Stage (Studiobühne) and the Film Workshop (Filmwerkstatt) offer spaces for creative experimentation. Every semester, the Studio Stage offers workshops and seminars from the areas theatre, film and photography. Its productions are widely recognized – beyond the university. The full programme is available online. 


Kölncampus is a student radio broadcasting station: the editorial team is composed entirely of students, and students organize the daily programme. All students enrolled at a university or college in Cologne can participate. It is also open to university employees. The full programme is available online.


The a.r.t.e.s. kunstfenster is a project of the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne, promoting dialogue between art and scholarship. It offers a stage for young artists to present their work to a broad audience.

Photo competition

“I and others in the university cosmos”. Photo competition at the University of Cologne 2014/2015. L. Fritz Gruber Prize.

Art meets University

On selected Saturdays at 3 p.m., professors from our university speak about works of art that are particularly dear to them at the Museum Ludwig or the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum. No prior registration required.


Zu den vielfältigen Angeboten gehören ein umfangreiches Breiten- und Gesundheitssportprogramm, Sportevents, Duale Karriereförderung von SpitzensportlerInnen sowie der Betrieb eines modernen Fitness-Studios.

  • UniSport (Kursprogramm)
  • UniFit (Fitness-Studio)
  • Kölner Bank UniLauf

Wissensdurst (Thirst for Knowledge)

The science portal Wissensdurst is an initiative of the Kölner Wissenschaftsrunde, the network of the city’s colleges and universities. The portal offers comprehensive information about the wide range of science and research activities in Cologne and its vicinity.


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