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.
|Total Funding||€809.3 million|
|Number of Courses Offered||335|
|Number of Professors||649|
|Tuition Fee for International Students||Not Charged|
|International Student Percentage||11%|
|Annual Estimated Cost of Attendance (international)||€ 9,984|
|Contact International Office||+49 (0) 221 470-1021|
Admissions July 15 (winter); January 15 (summer)
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.
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.
|Expense||Monthly Amount in EUR|
|Rent & Utilities||€ 366|
|Books & Supplies||€ 20|
|Semester Contribution||€ 45|
|Communication (internet & mobile)||€ 33|
|Health Insurance||€ 79|
|Leisure & Clothing||€ 118|
The estimated cost incurred by students at the University of Cologne is € 832 per month.
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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|End of Application process||January 15, 2019|