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German Sport University Cologne

The German Sport University Cologne (Deutsche Sporthochschule Köln) is Germany’s largest and most prestigious center of teaching and research in physical education and sport science.

Master's Programmes



Originally founded in Berlin in 1920 as a national College of Physical Education, it was re-located to Cologne in 1947 as a municipal institution and taken over in 1962 by the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia. In 1970 it was formally recognized as a State University and since than has been invested with all the academic privileges of a public institution of higher education.


As a specific subject area university with 19 scientific institutes (departments) it covers a wide range of sport science teaching and research. More than 30 sports are taught in theory and practice in modern facilities. Currently approximately 5,200 students, including 500 foreign students, are preparing for professional careers in sport, physical education sport science, and other related fields. The university offers academic Bachelor and Master degrees, teacher certificates for various school levels, and a doctoral degree.


The German Sport University Cologne consistently follows its path as a research university. Its interdisciplinary work goes beyond institute and university borders, and it encourages young academics, particularly through the establishment of postgraduate programmes. This process also benefits students who are trained on the basis of current research results. Research-led teaching is the byword here. Its academics motivate the German Sport University Cologne, setting objectives and participating in current tenders and programmes with high-calibre funding institutions. The research service centre offers information, advice and support for submitting applications and developing projects.


If you are looking to expand your knowledge of a specific area, they are able to offer you tailor-made further education courses (also in English). They work together with individuals and companies to develop further education courses designed especially for you. Just contact them! They would be delighted to see you at one of their courses at the German Sport University!The Career Service provides advice on career opportunities for students and graduates. It also assists graduates in finding jobs through web-based job boards, career fairs, on-campus recruitment as well as offering coaching, a diagnosis of potential, career workshops and support with writing job applications

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Housing services

Guest House: The guesthouse is located on the campus of GSU and is an 2-star hotel. The guesthouse has an 24/7 service, the rooms have a centrally controlled air condition and cable television, WIFI is also available (3€ /24h).

Library services

The central library for sport sciences is the university library of the German Sport University Cologne and the worldwide largest special library of sports and sport science. As a very expereinced partner for studies, teaching, research, administration and the general public the library offers a fast and up to date supply of information.

Medical services

Students from Non-EU countries who want to study at a state university must be insured in Germany. Please note that any travel insurances are NOT valid for studying at a German university!It is therefore of utmost importance to apply for a German health insurance upon arrival.

Student Life

Campus life

All exchange students have the possibility to apply for a room in one of our dorms. These dorms are located directly on campus and guarantee short distances to all facilities and courses during the semester abroad. The rent for the dorms varies between 200-300€ per month. Please follow the link in the right column.

Student Reviews

Very social, research based study experience
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Great university for studying your bachelor's. You will get to know many like-minded people, a useful network, practical experience like nowhere else and the opportunity to really flourish in your department of interest if you put in the effort. Education is good, but will not be enough if you do not participate in outside - of - school activities.

Exposure towards sports science
Anonymous rated 2 out of 5 stars

I got a great experience in my university in both practical and theoretical aspects of sports science, I have trained both general and athletic population in my internship, done nutrition assessments and psychological assessments, I had done many sports specific assessments

Seek first to understand and then to be understood.
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I have just got the basic information regarding my course. It's helpful but not satisfactory and I think there has to be a proper information passage specially to the forigen students.


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