University of Cologne

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.



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.

PhD Programmes

Humanities (1)
Social Sciences (1)

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


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


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.