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Last updated April, 2023

Academic Information

Course Information

Cologne courses

The University offers pre-semester German language courses free of charge in March (Spring term) and September (Fall term). German courses are also available during the semester free of charge to exchange students.

Language of Instruction

German and English

Semester Dates

  • Academic Year: October - July
  • Winter Semester: October - February
  • Summer Semester: April - July

Cologne semester dates

Course Load and Minimum Unit Requirements

  • Minimum Course Load - 30 ECTS
  • Maximum Course Load - 30 ECTS

Accommodation & the Cost of Living


Cologne accommodation

Estimated Cost of Living

Cologne cost of living

Student Visa & Insurance

Information on Student Visas & Insurance for students going on exchange can be found elsewhere on this website.

Exchange Experiences

The University, City & Region

The University

The Faculty of Managment, Economics and Social Sciences is one of seven faculties of the University of Cologne. This Faculty is the successor of the School of Commerce, which was founded by Cologne's merchants in 1901 and has gained a stable and outstanding reputation and takes pride in its tradition of outstanding academic quality.

University of Cologne Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences

The City of Cologne & Region

Cologne is the oldest major city in Germany. It's located on the banks of the Rhine and has over one million inhabitants. Production of the famous "Eau de Cologne" commenced there in 1792. The name Cologne stems from the Roman empress Agrippina. Agrippina, wife of the Roman Emperor Claudius was born on the banks of the Rhine and elevated her "Colonia" to the status of a city in the year 50 A.D. Cologne's road network is still based on layout of the old Roman streets.

Cologne was invaded by Napoleon in 1794 and actually became part of France during the French Revolutionary Wars. Cologne's famous cathedral was the world's tallest structure from 1880, when its spires were completed, until 1884 when it was surpassed by the Washington Monument. The Hohe Strasse, a busy shopping street between the cathedral (Dom) and Neumarkt square, has a two-thousand-year history of economic and social life. It played a major role in the Hanseatic League (an alliance of trading cities that established and maintained a trade monopoly over most of Northern Europe and the Baltic for a time in the later Middle Ages and the Early Modern period between the 13th and 17th century) and was an important exhibition centre at the time. The first municipal university in Europe was founded in Cologne as early as 1388.

Today, Cologne is the largest city in North Rhine-Westphalia, the largest German Federal State. Twenty million people live within one hour's drive from Cologne. The dynamic Rhine-Ruhr region is one of the central locations in Europe for industry, trade, the economy, science and research.

The City of Cologne

Further Information

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