University of Cologne

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Contact Albertus-Magnus-Platz 50923, Köln, Germany

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Located in central Cologne, not far from the River Rhine, the University of Cologne (UoC) was founded in 1388, making it one of Germany’s, and Europe’s, oldest universities, where it was a leader in theological study.

Although UoC closed in 1798 under French rule, it re-opened again in 1919 as an institution that was independent of its past. The modern-day university seeks to combine the historical institution it once was with the present-day, reflecting a pride in its heritage and traditions while conveying a modern outlook – a factor that UoC says provides students with a unique learning environment.

Today, the university is one of the largest research universities in Germany, home to over 45,000 students and comprising six faculties. Almost a third of its students go on to enter the teaching profession, making it one of the foremost institutions for teacher training.

It recently launched a project encouraging ambitious secondary school students to attend and participate in lectures at the university, with the concept being so successful as to be adopted by several other institutions.

UoC established a Professional Centre in 2008 to offer students career advice, as well as opportunities to train in certain areas of expertise. The institution also prides itself on its investment in gender equality and diversity, with various methods in place to promote equality across the board.

Alumni of the university include a German Federal President, a Federal Chancellor, several European Court judges and four Nobel Prize recipients, the physicist Peter Grünberg among them.

With partnerships in place with universities that include the Paris-Sorbonne, University College London, Maastricht University and the Warsaw School of Economics, UoC students are able to pursue joint degree programmes with other renowned institutions across Europe.

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Category of Education Business and Economics, Technology and Engineering, Computer Sciense, IT and Communication, Social Science, Physical Science, Arts and Humanities, Education, Psychology

Location

Germany
Albertus-Magnus-Platz 50923, Köln, Germany

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Clara
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Since I studied at the law faculty this review is based on my experiences there. First some general information about the UzK: The different faculties aren’t on one specific campus, but are all quite near to each other. especially nice is that...

Since I studied at the law faculty this review is based on my experiences there. First some general information about the UzK: The different faculties aren’t on one specific campus, but are all quite near to each other. especially nice is that between the different buildings there are huge grass fields where during summer time almost the whole city sits, relaxes, plays or has a bbq. Also right next to the main Building there is the „kwartier latäng“ where you can find a lot of bars, restaurants and clubs. Equipment-wise I would say the UzK still needs to improve: a lot of buildings need some work and are rather old fashioned. Out of that reason there is already a lot of construction work happening, to what there will hopefull follow a modern campus! The organization of your studies works fine via Klips and Ilias. There is a nice support system if you have problems. The best thing about the university of cologne in m opinion is cologne itself! Cologne has a lot of parks and the Rhine gives it a special summer vibe. Especially during carnival season the city turns into one big party and to experience that is really unique. Also the Cologne people are unique: sometimes harsh, but connected through a big solidarity with their city and its traditions. I can definitely recommend studying not the nicest city on earth!

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Louise
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In this review, I will point out some maybe a bit more negative points but also add solutions to them for students. The University of Cologne is well known in Germany. It gives you good career options. There are many Erasmus students every...

In this review, I will point out some maybe a bit more negative points but also add solutions to them for students. The University of Cologne is well known in Germany. It gives you good career options. There are many Erasmus students every semester and the city is known for being a city for students. This is obviously cool - but there are some things that might be good to know before attending the University. First of all, the online system with which students sign into the University, into their courses and sign up for exams, get their grades back is called Klips2.0. This online system is old and very complicated. I would recommend to take care of registrations as soon as possible to avoid last minute stress. Also, you can always contact AEGEE-Köln in case you need a little help _A second good thing to know is that with Hochschulsport, every student can attend a big variety of sports courses in a lot of different sport types in gyms all over Cologne. I highly recommend going to the internet site of „hochschulsport köln“ to see the program and join the courses. Sports is important. Thirdly, I would recommend to join a student association to meet people. You can inform yourself even before arriving to Cologne. Of course, a good assocation is AEGEE-Köln. Why join directly? Because Cologne is quite a big city and the University is big too. Many classes take place in big rooms. I think that it makes things a lot easier to meet people by attending meetings from student associations. Also, there is a facebook group for erasmus students, where you can see when and where parties take place. The best thing is to attend them early in the semester. Overall, I had a good experience at the University of Cologne and could really feel the student-spirit when I lived there for my studies.

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Demi
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As an Erasmus Geography student at the University of Cologne, I have had an amazing year. It has been hard, as I didn't speak German very well in the beginning, but thanks to the patience of the teachers and good help of other Erasmus students I...

As an Erasmus Geography student at the University of Cologne, I have had an amazing year. It has been hard, as I didn't speak German very well in the beginning, but thanks to the patience of the teachers and good help of other Erasmus students I have made it true the year. I have learned a lot of German, about Germany and it's culture. Studying geography at this university you learn a lot about Germany but also about human geography on a world level. You will have to assist many seminars where you learn how to give presentations, work in groups and read scientific texts in German and English. Classes are very big so it is a little hard to make good contact with other classmates, also because between one and another class the classmates chance. The campus is very big, with many different buildings but you can find each very good with an app of the campus. There is also a really big beautiful park in the middle where students use to come together on sunny days. Otherwise, they spend the days at the 'mensa', cafeteria or in the library. The university is generally good organized but they could improve the 'German course for Erasmus students'. I personally think that there are fewer places available for the big amount of Erasmus students that are interested in learning the language. I didn't get into a course till March, and I arrived in Cologne on October the previous year.

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