University of Cologne (Exchange)

  • Location: Germany - Cologne
  • GPA Requirements: 2.75 GPA
  • Other Requirements: Nomination by German department, completion of at least German 225 or equivalent
  • Application Deadline: February 20 for fall programs and September 20 for spring programs
  • Program Term(s): Academic year, spring
  • Official Website: University of Cologne (Exchange)

Program Dates

Allegheny students may opt to participate in the the entire academic year, or the Summer semester in order to coincide with the Allegheny semester.

Winter semester: Early September (required pre-semester language) – beginning of February

Summer Semester: Early March (required pre-semester language-mid July).

Where: Cologne, Germany

Located on the Rhine River, Cologne is an ideal site for study in Germany. It is rich in art and culture, and although its history reaches back to Roman times, it is a modern and vibrant center. Known as the broadcast center of Germany, Cologne is also one of the country’s most cosmopolitan cities, with large ethnic neighborhoods and international arts festivals. Cologne is considered a university city, with  more than 100,00 students studying at more than 20 institutes of higher education.


The University of Cologne is one of the oldest and largest universities in Germany with around 50,000 students. The University offers the following faculties: Management, Economics & Social Sciences, Law, Medicine, Mathematics & Natural Sciences, Arts & Humanities and Human Sciences. Students may enroll in courses for international students in a maximum of two of the faculties.  Courses take place mostly in German, with some opportunities in English. Students are required to enroll in the German language pre-session that takes place prior to to the beginning of the semester.


Preference will be given to those applicants who have completed at least intermediate (225) German and one 300 level German class prior to their studies at Cologne. Students must meet with the Allegheny German Department before applying for the program.

Housing & Student Life

Allegheny students are guaranteed housing and are expected to live in one of the 84 dormitories managed by the Koelner Studentenwerk. All housing is located off campus and is managed by the Koelner Studentenwerk and not the University.

With over 50 different student organizations to choose from and a variety of extra curricular activities to participate in, students will always find something to do in the vibrant city of Cologne.

Visa Information

U.S. citizens will apply for a residency permit upon arrival. Please coordinate with the university regarding your permit. Non- U.S. citizens should consult with the Global Education office regarding the visa application process.

Fees & Costs

Students pay Allegheny tuition, and an off campus study fee of $300. Allegheny financial aid, except work/study, is applied to program costs. Students are responsible for paying for housing and meals separately in Germany and are also responsible for paying the University of Cologne student services fee (around 265 Euro). The services fee includes a ticket for rail transportation in North Rhine-Westphalia.. Estimated additional costs include: books and supplies, international airfare & local transportation, health insurance, and personal expenses.

Application Process

Allegheny students must first be approved to study off-campus before applying to their chosen program. Deadlines to submit the approval packet are February 20 for the academic year and September 20 for spring. Applications will be reviewed immediately following the appropriate semester deadline. Access application information on the web at Apply.