The University of Cologne was established in 1388 and re-established in 1919. It was the sixth university to be established in Central Europe. It has more than 48,000 student body and more than 7,000 academic staff and now one of the largest universities in Germany.
The university aims to motivate students to develop their profile and introduce them to scientific work. The students receive advice and support all along the entire student lifecycle from their choice of study from the start until their successful completion. The university offers this to students:
• 100 subjects in over selectable subject combinations
• Freely selectable study integral area
• Research-oriented teaching
• Differentiated internationalization standards
• Diversity orientation and dedicated equal opportunities
• Targeted counselling
• Participation and involvement in regular surveys
• Innovation in teaching
• Digital support in everyday study life
The University of Cologne has 20 official partner universities from ten countries and further cooperation with 260 universities worldwide. The university gives importance to a safe, non-discriminatory and non-violent place of study. The University of Cologne does not tolerate Sexual discrimination.
Please check their guidelines for application procedures and more information about the university in their main website and social network.
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It was really great to be a part of this university during the year, 2014. Cologne as a city is really affordable for students. The university members are so helpful especially for Erasmus students. There were orientation meetings, student trips, campus festival and many social activities etc. I wish I could be a member of this university once more. Looking forward to it 😉
As an Erasmus Geography student at the University of Cologne, I have had an amazing year. It has been hard, as I didn’t speak German very well in the beginning, but thanks to the patience of the teachers and good help of other Erasmus students I have made it true the year. I have learned a lot of German, about Germany and it’s culture. Studying geography at this university you learn a lot about Germany but also about human geography on a world level. You will have to assist many seminars where you learn how to give presentations, work in groups and read scientific texts in German and English. Classes are very big so it is a little hard to make good contact with other classmates, also because between one and another class the classmates chance. The campus is very big, with many different buildings but you can find each very good with an app of the campus. There is also a really big beautiful park in the middle where students use to come together on sunny days. Otherwise, they spend the days at the ‘mensa’, cafeteria or in the library. The university is generally good organized but they could improve the ‘German course for Erasmus students’. I personally think that there are fewer places available for the big amount of Erasmus students that are interested in learning the language. I didn’t get into a course till March, and I arrived in Cologne on October the previous year.