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.
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.
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:
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).
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.
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).
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.