University of Cologne

University of Cologne

Albertus Magnus Platz, Cologne

The University of Cologne was established in 1388, and is now one of the oldest, largest and most famous German Universities in the very heart of Europe.

Offering more than 250 disciplines, the university takes a leading position in many areas of research. The university has around 45,000 students including 6,200 international students from more than 130 countries.

Cologne is located in the heart of Europe and in the immediate vicinity of the large economic and industrial Rhine/Ruhr area in the north and the city of Bonn in the south.

The campus is located centrally, and the transportation system makes it easy to get around. The city is home to approx 1 million inhabitants, and is one of Germany’s most eclectic cities, with its own dialect and its own style of beer brewing.

Cologne is world-famous for its twin-spired cathedral, its romantic Rhine panorama and the Eau de Cologne to which it gave its name. Today the city's character is a rich combination of modern lifestyle with 2000 years of historical and cultural heritage, from Roman and medieval to the present day.

It is also a cultural capital with an abundance of museums, arts exhibitions, cinemas, and the many festivals and concerts are sure to entertain you.

Students can take German Language Courses as part of the exchange with the University of Cologne:

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Cost: Medium
External Funding Available: Yes
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Academic Dates:

Fall term: October - February 
Summer term: March - July 

A month prior to each term, Cologne offers a month of free German language instruction for credit. 

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Courses for 2016-2017

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Cologne also offers a Global Studies Program and an International Master of Environmental Biology program

Program Type: Exchange , Summer school , Language school
Language: English , German
Available Subjects: biology , business and entrepreneurship , chemistry , english literature , environmental studies , economics , gender studies , geography , german , history , information and communication studies , linguistics , media and film , philosophy , physics , political science , sociology , world literature and culture studies
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External funding may be available through the German Academic Exchange: .

German Studies Research Grant

This specialized program offers support to highly-qualified undergraduate, graduate and PhD students at American and Canadian universities who are nominated by the department/program chairs. The grant may be used for short-term research (i.e. 1-2 months) in Germany. For more information, please visit:  (undergraduate students)  (graduate students)  (PhD students)

Summer Schools

Students participating in the Cologne International Summer School or the CISU will be counted under the exchange programme and pay per course tuition fees to UNB.


Elicia Cann, Faculty of Arts (English and History)

"My time overseas was amazing…I learned how to function in a culture that was foreign to me, and how to be sensitive to not only the German culture, but also the myriad of other ones on campus, in my apartment building, and everywhere that I traveled.

But the most important lesson I learned in my whole time abroad was to rely on no one but myself. This may sound cynical, but time after time I put faith into others, that they would take care of paperwork, would help with something or other, would get me to a specific location on time, and it often didn’t happen. Through traveling I really learned how to be an independent and self-sufficient person, and I cannot even begin to explain how important this lesson has been.

Having majors in English and History really made Europe a hotspot for exploration. So many people only get to learn about the places of battles or where their favourite authors were born from the textbooks, but I got to see it all firsthand. For those five months that I was abroad, the world truly was my classroom, as corny as it may sound. I went to Finland and saw the Vyborg Gate, I saw the remains of the Berlin Wall, I walked crossed the Charles Bridge in Prague, and saw so many more amazing sites. Coming back to UNB and being able to actually visualize many of the places that professors lecture about was a surreal experience. Eventually, I want to get my Bed, and I want to be able to instil a real sense of value in my kids for seeing the world and making it their classroom, and UNB has been a vital part on my way down that path.

Being away really teaches you the value of coming home, and appreciating everything that you have when you do come home. I made some amazing friends from all over the world, that I will hopefully have for a long time to come…

I would highly recommend the Student Abroad Program to other students. It may not be right for everyone, as is the case with everything in life, but it was such an amazing experience that is hard to fault. My roommate in first year was a Costa Rican exchange student, and I saw the fun she had, the new friendships that she was making, and the worldwide opportunities that she was creating for herself – and I wanted that too! Getting away from what is familiar and forcing yourself to look at the world in an entirely new perspective, forcing yourself to be open and to make new friends, is an invaluable lesson. We become complacent with our lives far too often, just letting the days pass by without much thought. But being on an exchange for such a short period of time makes you wake up everyday, ask yourself ‘would I like to go to Italy this weekend?’ or ‘why not go to Spain with a friend for the semester break?’ Sometimes a change of scenery is all that you need to push yourself outside of your comfort zone, and into exploring parts of yourself that you never even knew existed. A lot of people have told me that they’re so jealous of what I’ve done, the places I’ve been, and that they wish they could do the same, but really, all I did was take an opportunity and make it into my best possible time."