University of Cologne

Köln, Germany
The University of Cologne is one of Germany’s oldest and largest multi-faculty universities. It is also a member of the German U15, the association of the most important research-led universities in the country.



The University of Cologne was founded in the year 1388 and thus is one of the oldest universities in Germany. With more than 44,000 enrolled students, it is also currently one of the largest German universities.

Among many others, the graduate schools include the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne and the joint Bonn-Cologne Graduate School of Physics and Astronomy.


Five years ago, an advanced quality management system for teaching was implemented. It has brought about remarkable improvements in the quality of teaching and training, study programmes, and student services. These efforts were complemented by funding schemes and reward systems for excellent teaching performance. The rector’s programme "Innovation in Studying and Teaching" has provided 4 million Euros over the last two years for the exploration of innovative and contemporary teaching concepts.


The life and natural sciences are represented by the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, comprising biology, chemistry, geography, geosciences, mathematics and physics. These two Faculties have greatly benefited from long-standing excellent collaborations. Cutting-edge, internationally competitive research is currently being performed in many fields including research on aging-associated diseases, molecular evolutionary biology and plant sciences, quaternary research and statistical physics.


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.

Via the job portal "stellenwerk", students an find jobs, traineeship and diploma projekts; graduates, their first positions. Compaines can seach for suitable applicants and also private offers may be places here.

Master's Programmes

Business & Management (9)
Social Sciences (6)
Medicine & Health (3)
Computer Science & IT (2)
Humanities (2)

Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a Master at University of Cologne!


Student services

Finances play a central role when you plan a course of study at the University of Cologne. There are many different establishments and organisations to which you can apply as a foreign or graduate student for individual grants or scholarships. The standards are very different, but in the majority of cases the deciding factor is academic potential and not financial need.

Housing services

  • Students' Halls of Residency
Studentworks Cologne 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 Cologne Studentsworks.

ICT services

  • Internet / workstations on the 1st and 2nd floor
  • Wireless Internet Access (Wi-Fi) in the reading rooms
  • Databases
  • Print
A black-and-white printer is located in the reading room on the second floor. Print jobs can be ordered from the PCs on the second floor only.
  • Copy / Scan

Medical services

Genetic counselling at the Institute includes the following medical services:

  • Genetic counselling to outpatients
  • Clinical/genetic assessment and counselling requested by other departments of the University Hospital
In a genetic counselling session, they give you understandable information on genetic conditions and available genetic tests to assess the risk of occurrence in other family members.

Student Life

Campus life

Cologne offers students and visitors an exciting mix of education, culture and entertainment. The multifaceted cultural scene comprises museums, art exhibitions, theatre and cinema, but also the world-famous Cologne Carnival as well as music and sports events.

Sports facilities

Sport facilities:

  • UniSport
  • UniFit (Fitness-Studio)
  • Kölner Bank UniLauf

Student clubs

Student Associations

  • AStA
  • Fachschaften
  • Studierendenparlament
  • Autonome Referate
  • Hochschulgruppen


As part of the accreditation, in the upcoming winter term of 2015/16 new degree programme structures will be implemented. Parallel to these new structures, already enrolled students will have the possibility to continue their studies in the examination regulation of 2007.

The Global Study Awards

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, StudyPortals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.