University of Cologne, Germany

University of Cologne

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.

The Program

The University of Cologne offers courses in a wide spectrum of disciplines, from humanities and social sciences to the natural sciences.

The dates of enrollment are as follows:

March 1st to mid-July (for the summer semester program, which includes the pre-semester program from March to April 1st)

September 1st to mid-July ( for the academic year program which includes the pre-semester program from September to Oct. 1st)

The fall (Winter) semester in Germany begins toward the end of October and lasts until February. There is a one-month exam session and then a one month break. The spring semester (Sommer) begins toward the end of April and lasts until late July.

Students may enroll in courses for international students, which include language and area studies courses taught in German. More information regarding the courses offered to international students can be located at: The schedule of university classes (Vorlesungsverzeichnis) is available just before 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. Junior status is preferred. Students must be nominated by the German Department at Allegheny and the International Office in order to participate in the exchange.

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 the sommer (spring) program. Applications will be reviewed immediately following the appropriate semester deadline. Access application information on the web at

Student Life

Allegheny students are guaranteed housing  and are expected to live in one of the 84 dorms managed by the “Koelner Studentenwerk.

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, Germany’s 4th largest city. Depending on the time of year, students may have the chance to take part in the Oktoberfest and Carnival celebrations or simply stroll through the Christmas markets near the famous Cologne Cathedral. Whatever their interests students are sure to find a home in Cologne, Germany. Life in Cologne