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Universitat zu Koln EXC
Cologne, Germany (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Semester 1,
Semester 2,
Year (Sem 1 & Sem 2),
Year (Sem 2 & Sem 1)
Partner University Homepage: Click to visit
Program Details:
Postgraduate coursework, Undergraduate
Program Type:
Exchange Semester/Year
Anticipated Places:
Minimum Mark:
65%; Credit
Agreement Scope:
Program Description:


Location: Cologne (Köln)
Year Established: 1388
Student population: 48,200 (4,900 international students)
The Universität zu Köln, or University of Cologne (UoC), is one of Germany’s oldest and highest ranking universities. Funded by the Excellence Initiative, it offers a modern, vibrant study environment in the Rhineland, a highly developed economic and research region in the heart of Europe.

The University offers a very broad spectrum of subjects and its top level research enhances the quality of its education. It’s one of Germany’s most popular and appealing universities due to its outstanding profile, international outlook, the breadth of expertise and its dynamic learning environment.

Unique characteristics
The University has six Faculties covering a broad spectrum of disciplines, and is well known for four key areas - business administration, law, medicine, and teacher education. Many students undertake double degree programs with renowned partner universities such as the Sorbonne in Paris. The University is well known for the high quality of its teaching.
The University’s buildings are close to the city centre and easily accessible. Cologne is rich with history and architecture, and full of art museums and historical attractions, including the famous cathedral. Here you can sample great beer and chocolate, party in the old town and enjoy sports and cultural events.

Germany - Universität zu Köln - building

Academic Information

Course Catalogue 
See information regarding units of study on Faculty websites, available in German:
Faculty of Law
Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Faculty of Human Sciences
See information regarding The Cologne Global Study Program about contemporary European studies offered in English. 

Subject Area/s:

Arts & Social Sciences






Exclusions apply - Competitive. Priority for language majors

Teaching Periods: Semesters/Terms
Winter Term: October 1 - March 31
Summer Term: April 1 - September 30

Credit (Full-Time Load/Semester)

University of Sydney

Host University



The above full-time load is indicative only.
Applications for academic credit are assessed by the relevant University of Sydney faculty/department based on: study load, contact hours, assessment requirements and level of study.

Grading System
Classes at German Universities are graded on a scale of 1-5, with one being the highest possible score and 5 a fail. More information on the host university's grading system.

Transcripts Issued by Partner
Transcripts will be available at the end of your exchange period



Language of Instruction
Classes at the host university are taught in German and English.
Language Requirement
See language requirements for exchange students. German language courses are available free of charge.


What is the host city like?
Find out more information about the host city.

Housing options are offered by the host university.
Cost of Living
Use this guide to estimate living expenses associated with studying overseas.

Students are required to obtain health insurance valid during their exchange.


Useful Information

For Exchange/International Students
Specific information for exchange students provided by the host university.
Semester/Term Dates
Access the University’s calendar.
Before the beginning of every semester, the ZIB WiSo office, in collaboration with the PIM and CEMS Student and Alumni Club Cologne e.V., organises Welcome Days for all international students visiting the WiSo Faculty. The Welcome Days consist of academic information events on organising studies and choosing courses, guided tours of the city and the campus, as well as cultural excursions and gatherings with fellow students to help newcomers get to know one another.

Support Services 
A range of support services are available to students at the host university. 

Information from the host university.
Information from German Missions in Australia.


Student Experiences

Thomas Batchelor
Bachelor of Arts, Semester 1, 2016

Host City Highlights
Dom, Wieverfastelovend, Rosenmontag, Cologne Pride.

Uni Life
Not so many societies outside of department based ones, but plenty of student engagement with Erasmus Student Network, smaller classes helped too. UniMensa and other uni affiliated venues for social things and food.

One 90 minute class a week was normal, either a lecture or seminar. Seminars were often quite small (4-20 people), lectures depended on whether there was an attendance requirement (one with the requirement regularly had ~100, the other without had about eight). Tutorials are optional and geared for people taking the exams (which depend on the student, rather than prescribed)

As always in Germany, Döner, Currywurst, Schnitzel, etc. are great. The local Himmel un Ääd I'd give a miss (blood sausage, mashed potato, onions and apple sauce). Kölsch is the local beer that people only ever drink (don't ever ask for Altbier! That's Düsseldorf only). More meat and potato based dishes than Australia. Lots of Turkish options, not so much Indian.

I was given a room in the Studentenwohnheim provided by the local student association (KSTW). They have a load of properties for students around the city for a pretty cheap monthly rent. I had one flat mate who was an Italian Erasmus student.

Money Matters
Funding from the OS-HELP loan and a bit of savings was more than enough for me, though I lived fairly cheap with groceries. Everything is cheaper than Sydney.

Getting Around
Students get free public transport throughout the entire state of Nordrhein-Westfalen with the student ID card. Regular stadtbahn trains within the city (5-15 minutes depending on hour). S-bahn and RE/RB for the region also several times a day at the very least. IC and ICE trains had to be paid for, but they're for longer distances.

The time before semester starts is best for travelling (semester starts in April so there's a big gap between Sydney semester 2 ending and Cologne Sommersemester beginning). I visited all over Europe with cheap flights (Germanwings, Easyjet) and trains and buses (would not recommend 15 hours cross country was only 12 Euros though...).

Top Tips
Make sure you talk to the professors ASAP to know what you're doing for assessments. This is important for figuring out how many credits you can get. Some courses you can't get any credits for as an exchange student because they're part of a bigger module.