University of Cologne Global Study Program (CGSP)

  • Location: Germany - Cologne
  • GPA Requirements: 2.75 GPA
  • Application Deadline: February 20 for fall programs and September 20 for spring programs
  • Program Term(s): Fall, Spring, academic year
  • Official Website: University of Cologne Global Study Program (CGSP)

Program Dates

CGSP Winter semester 2023: October 9th, (pre-semester language) –  February 2nd.  **CGSP students have the option to do an “early leaver” program for the winter semester, in order to return to Allegheny for the start of our spring semester. Instead of January, the program will end mid to late December.

Summer Semester 2023: Early April – (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 Cologne Global Study Program (CGSP) is an academic certification program designed for students of the University of Cologne’s partner universities. It combines classes on Contemporary European Studies (taught in English) and German language courses. The program’s main goal is to provide an academic environment for exchange students who do not speak German, but wish to study at the University of Cologne. Core courses in Contemporary European Studies are clustered in three different subject areas: History & culture, Economy & Society, and Politics & Law. Students are also enroll in German as a foreign language courses during the semester, and have the option to attend the language pre-semester. Students may also choose to take a European Studies elective in the wider University curriculum.


2.75 G.P.A. No German language requirement. Students must meet with the Allegheny German department before applying to 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 300 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.