Cologne, North Rhine-WestphaliaLOCATION
Estd 1388Established Year

The University of Cologne, upon its initial foundation in 1388, was a leader in imparting theological higher education. However, since its closing in 1789, and reopening in 1919, the modern-day public university has come a long way. While respecting its centuries old history, it currently imparts an innovative and research-focused education to nearly 49,000 students.

Since 2012, the university has been a part of the German Excellence Initiative. According to Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019, the University of Cologne is globally ranked #146.


University TypePublic
Establishment Year1388
Total Funding€809.3 million
Number of Courses Offered335
Number of Professors649
Tuition Fee for International StudentsNot Charged
International Student Percentage11%
Annual Estimated Cost of Attendance (international)€ 9,984
Contact International Office+49 (0) 221 470-1021

Programs, Campus, and Residence

  • The University of Cologne comprises 6 faculties and a teacher training program which collectively offer more than 300 courses in subjects such as life sciences, social sciences, arts & humanities, business & economics, medicine & dentistry, education, law etc.
  • In addition to providing cutting-edge research facility on a global level, the University of Cologne has excellent international ties. It offer summer training programs, exchange programs, and study abroad opportunities for all its prospective and existing students.
  • Kölner Studierendenwerk is a non-profit student body which provides cheap accommodation to most university students. It has 91 dormitories with more than 5,000 rooms. Students can also chose to live in private residence halls or shared apartments.

University of Cologne

Admissions July 15 (winter); January 15 (summer)

Admission Requirements

  • Higher Education Entrance Qualification; Bachelor’s Degree (required for graduate programs)
  • Apply online via Uni-assist
  • CV, Letter of Motivation, Thesis Summary (master’s & doctoral programs)
  • Proof of German Language Proficiency: DSH 2; TestDaF Lvl 4; telc German C1 University [The European Language Certificate]; German Language Diploma [DSD 2]; German Language Test 2 [Munich Institute of Languages and Interpreters]; Goethe Certificate C2; German Language Diploma, Level II of the KMK (DSD II)
  • TestAS certificate
  • Valid ID Passport, Passport photo
  • Proof of Health Insurance
  • Proof of adequate financial means

The university offers 12 masters level programs primarily in English for which German language proficiency is not required. All bachelor’s and state examination courses are offered in German.

University of Cologne Tuition & Other Costs

The University of Cologne does not charge any tuition fee from its students. However, a semester contribution of 271.50 EUR has to be paid twice every year.

ExpenseMonthly Amount in EUR
Rent & Utilities€ 366
Food€ 171
Books & Supplies€ 20
Semester Contribution€ 45
Communication (internet & mobile)€ 33
Health Insurance€ 79
Leisure & Clothing€ 118
Total€ 832

The estimated cost incurred by students at the University of Cologne is € 832 per month.

Scholarships & Financial Aid for International Students

  • The University of Cologne provides three type of scholarships to its domestic and international students: Germany Scholarship of the Federal Government, Social Scholarship of the University of Cologne, and Scholarship for Students with Disabilities/Chronic Illness.

  • The award amount for all three scholarships mentioned above is € 300/ month.

  • There are negligible scholarships for international students at the start of their study. Most scholarships are awarded to advanced students (graduate and doctoral) after completing a semester or two at the university.

International students can take up a side job for a duration of maximum 120 full-days, or 240 half-days in a year. For more information on scholarships and jobs available in Germany, click here.

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Accomodation Fees (Annual)
$ 8,400
Total Enrollment
International Students
Male : Female Ratio
Student : Faculty Ratio
Application Deadline
January 15, 2019
Start of Application process -
End of Application process January 15, 2019
Acceptance Rate
Min. 6
Total Applications
Min. 87
Albertus-Magnus-Platz, 50923 Köln
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