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University of Cologne

3.9 out of 5 (83 ratings / 40 reviews) Köln, Germany
Founded in 1388, the University of Cologne is one of the oldest universities in Europe. Across its six faculties it covers a wide array of future-oriented study programmes (BA and MA). As one of the 11 German Excellence universities it offers excellent research conditions for young academics.



We are committed to delivering high-quality, innovative teaching and to preparing our students for academic as well as professional careers. The University of Cologne offers 128 undergraduate programs and 138 postgraduate programs in its six faculties. Most of our courses are taught in German. However, a growing number of courses are taught in English. For international students wishing to come to Cologne, we offer German language courses and preparatory programs. We are a member of the Erasmus network and our faculties offer a range of international exchange programs if you want to come to Cologne to study for a term. Our central International Office is the first contact points for international students.


The University of Cologne is one of the leading German research universities with international reach. We won substantial funding in the German Excellence Initiative and are now one of eleven German Excellence Universities. 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. We have particular strengths in our six research focus areas: Aging and demographic change, Social and economic behavior, Quantitative modeling of complex systems , Cultures and societies in transition, Social inequalities and intercultural education and Plant sciences.


Graduates from the University of Cologne are sought after on the job market. The university’s ProfessionalCenter as well as the faculties’ Careers Services provide advice and support, whatever your plans for the future. They offer workshops, one-on-one advice sessions, and courses for personal and professional skills development. They are also developing strong links with employers from all industries and employment sectors, from large global corporations to local enterprises, and organize opportunities for students to meet employers on campus. We recently launched our incubator Gateway, which works with students and staff to help them start new businesses.

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University Ranking

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Student services

As a foreign student you may want to contact our International Office and find more information on studying in Cologne on

Housing services

  • Students' Halls of Residency
Studentenwerk Köln has 85 Students Halls of Residency with a total of 4,500 rooms on file. Students may also apply for a room online.
  • Private Students' Halls of Residency
There are also several private Students Halls of Residency in Cologne in addition to those provided by Studentenwerk Köln.

Student Life

Campus life

The University of Cologne is set on a large urban campus in the heart of the lively and thriving city of Cologne. The surrounding Rhineland is one of Europe’s most developed economic regions. Open, friendly and with an international outlook, Cologne is a great place to live, work and study. We would be delighted to welcome you in Cologne.

Sports facilities

Sport facilities:

  • UniSport
  • UniFit (Gym)
  • Kölner Bank Uni Run

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

It is hard to handle,but professors and atmosphere of university motivate me to proceed

Honest review of a sportsstudent in Cologne
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

It is a very well designed study content. I learned a lot about how to teach people movements in specific sports like gymnastics, swimming, ballsports, atheltics. Furthermore the study content gave me a lot of advices and mediums how to act in front of a group of people in general and i could also improve my soft skills. All students are very nice, just as the Professors...

Studying renewable energies is pioneering
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I liked the classes about renewable energies and the importance of the current challenges like climate change. The organization of the courses should be improved.

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