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University of Cologne

3.9 out of 5 (82 ratings / 50 reviews) Köln, Germany
The University of Cologne is one of the oldest and largest universities in Europe. Due to its outstanding scientific achievements and the high quality and diversity of its degree programmes, it enjoys an excellent international reputation.



The UoC’s syllabus currently comprises about 100 quality-assured degree programmes (Ger.), giving students the opportunity to choose from a total of over 300 subject and teaching degree combinations. The bachelor and master’s programmes have recently successfully undergone the Model Accreditation (Modellakkreditierung) process and thus now have harmonized programme structures and examination regulations, and introduced special quality standards in cross-cutting areas such as internationalization, advice and supervision, and equal opportunities. 


The University of Cologne’s six Faculties are the institutional framework for its research activities. The Faculties offer a total of 102 degree programmes and support 16 cross-Faculty research and teaching centres. Moreover, the UoC has several large, internationally competitive research areas: mechanisms of aging-associated diseases; behavioral economic engineering and social cognition, quantum matter and materials, socio-economic, cultural and political transformations in the global south, plant sciences and skills and structures in language and cognition.


The University´s study programm prepare graduates for excellent career opportunities on the employment market. The Professional Centre renders personal assistance to students in seizing these opportunities: through its Professional & Academic School and the Career Support Centre.

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Student services

If you have any questions regarding studying in Cologne, please feel free to contact the staff of the department "International Students"!

Housing services

  • The Kölner Studierendenwerk operates 90 student dormitories with 5.000 spots for students from all of Cologne’s universities, including spots for students with children or families.
  • In addition to the student dormitories operated by the "Kölner Studierendenwerk", an array of private student dormitories (website in German language) operated by other institutions exists as well.

Library services

  • As part of the University of Cologne, the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences (WiSo Faculty) offers you a huge store of specialized academic literature and periodicals.
  • The largest holdings are found in the University and City Library.

Medical services

Health insurance is mandatory for everyone seeking to enrol at a German university. You can either take out German statutory health insurance (appr. 80 € per month) or prove that you are sufficiently covered by a foreign or private health insurance policy by presenting either an EHIC card or an exemption certificate ("Befreiungsbescheinigung") issued by German statutory health insurance company.

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

Our broad offer includes different mass and health-oriented  sports, a comprehensive course programme, and special events. We promote the dual careers of top athletes and host a modern gym. 


The Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences ("WiSo Faculty") of the University of Cologne was re-accredited by the EQUIS Accreditation Board on 27 March 2018 and received the world-renowned EQUIS accreditation of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) for the highest possible duration of five years. This confirms the high international quality standard of the faculty in research and teaching. At the moment, only 108 business schools worldwide hold this internationally recognized accreditation with a 5-year duration

Student Reviews

Entering Cologne, academic launch and home
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

First if all us students experienced a very caring and supportive teaching approach. We had a lot of people to talk to and ask fr extra material and help in case of not being able to follow ip with the course contents. Furthermore the Universitiy is well equiped and we gained a lot of insight in the ways research in sciene can work. Only the interdisciplinary...

Education is a key to success
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

currently we are having online classes which are really goiung on well

Common sense is most uncommon
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

I studied in Amity University in lucknow India. The university is good and well infrastructure but for BA studies these university is not considered for A grade university because BA (h) Political science is all about the study of politics but here we all studies everything except Political science. Thank you

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