Köln

Study PhD's in Köln, Germany

Köln at a glance

Over the last years, Cologne or Köln, has been one of Germany’s most popular study abroad destinations. Having prestigious universities and with a rich cultural heritage, international students from 120 different countries come to Cologne. The higher educational institutions are renowned for the outstanding research work, collaborating with local, national and international partners. Cologne is Germany's fourth-largest city, one of the major European metropolitan areas, located on both sides of the Rhine River. Cologne became famous for Eau de Cologne, a perfume created by an Italian expatriate in the 18th century.

Studying

Studying in Köln

Universities in Cologne provide the whole range of degree levels: Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, and PhDs. Find tempting options to study an MBA in order to advance your professional business career.

As most courses are taught in German, international students must have advanced German language skills. The Goethe Institute, TestDaf and telc Deutch certifications may serve as proof of German language proficiency or they can take up a German language examination. Once enrolled, they can also follow preparatory German language courses if their knowledge of German is not yet sufficient in order to pursue their studies. English taught programmes are mostly available for postgraduate Master’s degree and PhD courses.

Pursue your studies in one of the following fields: arts, mathematics, medicine, law, management, economics, social sciences, engineering, computer science, business, architecture and many more.

Online degree courses offering includes specialisations like: web science, social work, sports therapy, chemistry, or energy management.

Career

Career opportunities in Köln

Cologne is one of the most important centres for economy, trade and science in central Europe. With a local stable and performing economy, the major sectors in Cologne are: insurance, media industries, technology research, and the automotive industry.

The main employers in Cologne comprise of: DKV, Generali Deutschland, Gothaer, AXA Insurance, Zurich Financial Services, Lufthansa, Ford, the REWE Group, TÜV Rheinland, Deutz AG and Kölsch.

Apart from large German and multinational companies, Cologne is also home to a number of federal agencies and organisations. International students can find many internship opportunities in various fields.

Life

Köln city life

Cologne is the main cultural spot in Rhineland and home to more than thirty museums and galleries. You can admire from ancient Roman archaeological sites to contemporary graphics and sculpture, and you can also enjoy quite a vibrant night life.

Main touristic attractions in Cologne are:

  • Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom) – the seat of the Catholic Archbishop of Cologne, designated a World Heritage site;
  • Twelve Romanesque churches
  • The Cologne Rodenkirchen Bridge
  • The Colonius telecommunication tower =
  • Roman-Germanic Museum
  • Cologne Opera house
  • Flora und Botanischer Garten Köln, the city's formal park and main botanical garden

Whenever you feel like listening to classical music, you can go to the Gürzenich Orchestra and the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne.

You can have fun at one of the numerous festivals the city hosts, the most popular is the Cologne carnival, one of the largest street festivals in Europe.

International students that are into sports can enjoy some of the local football, ice hockey, Formula 1 championships and can also practice golf.

You can try countless bars, clubs and pubs are available for the teenager and young population to entertain.

Cologne has a great location, as you can always see other German cities like: Dusseldorf, Essen, Bonn (all three less than half an hour away by train), Dortmund (about an hour away) and Aachen (a little less than an hour away).

International atmosphere in Köln

Besides the large number of international students, Cologne hosts several ethnic communities, mainly Turkish, Italians, and the city is also home to the oldest and largest Jewish communities in Germany. A smaller number of minorities include Greek, Polish, Russian and Spanish people.

As a major spot for economy in central Europe, a significant international crowd is always present in the city. Cologne is headquarter for numerous federal agencies and organisations from Germany and also several international conferences in various fields are organised here.

Weather Köln

Cologne is one of the warmest cities in Germany, having relatively mild winters and warm summers. Cologne is also one of the cloudiest cities in Germany and a large number of precipitations occur throughout the whole year. In January, the lowest temperature is 3°C (37 °F), while the mean temperature in July is 19°C (66 °F).

Universities in Köln

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.

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