Universität zu Köln

City: Cologne
Language of instruction: English, German

Universität zu Köln (University of Cologne) was established in 1388 in Cologne, the fourth largest city in Germany. The University of Cologne occupies a leading position in many areas of research, and with its seven faculties offers students an enormous variety in choice and combination of courses and subjects.

There are currently around 37,000 students enrolled at the university.

The Cologne WiSo Faculty, Germany’s largest and most reputable Faculty of its type, is well-known for offering students a vast scope of study fields and specialisations. The Faculty‘s interdisciplinary approach brings together its four disciplines: Management, Economics, Political Sciences and Sociology. According to its mission “Innovation for society”, excellent research is successfully linked with the corporate and business world as manifested in the Cologne WiSo-Faculty’s top results in rankings. The central location of the campus and the Cologne WiSo Faculty’s focus on internationalisation - with over 450 incoming exchange students per year - contribute to the Faculty’s reputation as an ideal place for an exchange term. The Faculty is EQUIS accredited.

Partner university's areas of study

ArtsCommerce (UBCV)Land and Food Systems

Notes on Language of Instruction

Students must have at least a B1 level to study in German. To determine your level, please use this self-assessment: European Language Portfolio Global Scale.

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Terms offered

Term 1Term 2Full year Term 1 + 2 (UBC Term 1 start)Summer

Who can go?

Only COMM (UBCV) and ARTS students are eligible to apply to this institution.

Term dates

Term 1 - UC Fall Term: From Mid-October to Mid-February (or Mid-December)* 

Term 2 - UC Summer Term: Mid-April to Mid-July

Notes on eligibility and timing

Orientation days are organized in the week before the term begins. Orientation days include a guided tour on campus and social events.

*T1 exchange students studying English-taught courses can choose a short-term option and complete their exchange at Cologne in December.  Students will need to complete additional assignments to receive full credits.  Exchange students can choose to stay for the regular term (until the end of February) if they prefer.

Summer program

Universität zu Köln International Summer University

Courses + Transfer Credits


Course equivalency formula

ECTS credits divided by 2 = UBC credits

Passing grade


Grading scheme

ECTS-rank of the final grade according to the ECTS grading scale of A - E.

Credit transfer process

The transfer credit process takes approximately 16 weeks following each submission deadline.  You should allow sufficient time to meet important deadlines that may affect you (e.g., application for graduation, registration in courses that require prerequisites that you took on exchange, entry to a major/honours program, etc.)

Information about the transfer credit portal.

Course Information

* Students who have special requirements or require academic accommodation should contact a Go Global advisor regarding their needs at least six weeks prior to the application deadline.

Type of Go Global Experiences

Exchange (pay UBC tuition)Graduate research

Course information and restrictions

COMM students at WiSO Faculty: Exchange students are welcome to take classes in English or German or a mix of both. However the broad offer of English taught courses makes it possible to successfully complete a term in English only.

COMM (UBCV) students may also request on an individual basis to take courses in Social Sciences, Life Sciences, Education and Humanities.

Information on the Faculty of Arts.

Most universities in Germany provide a “Schein," which you will receive for each course completed. Make sure to keep it for your records and provide a copy to Go Global upon return from exchange.

Full course load information

Five to six courses (each of them with two classroom hours per week) per term on average. Student can take more if they wish.

Partner Course Information

Transfer credits and equivalent courses at this university

Check out the courses that students have successfully transferred back in the last 3 years. If you don't see a course you need listed, it simply means you need to submit the course to be evaluated through the Transfer Credit Portal while on exchange.

* Areas of study at partner universities are subject to change. This list is to be used as a general guideline and is not exhaustive; research the partners' websites for additional course information.

UBC Vancouver

UBC course: COMM 2nd
Title: Intercultural Management and Leadership
Partner course code: CISU 2015
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-10-16
UBC course: COMM 3rd
Title: Intercultural Management & Leadership
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-12-10
UBC course: ARTS 3rd
Title: Current Challenges of EU Economic and Monetary Governance
Partner course code: CISU 2015
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-10-26
UBC course: ARTS 3rd
Title: EU Energy Security and Climate Action
Partner course code: CISU 2015
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-10-26
Tuition, Fees and Awards

Exchange tuition

15 credits or equivalent full-time program fee per term, paid to UBC. Some exceptions may apply.

Scholarships + awards

DAAD, the German Academic Exchange Service, offers generous scholarships to students applying for an exchange or research program at a German university.  Students must apply to DAAD by January 31, and may apply for the funding before their acceptance to the exchange program is final, with a letter from Go Global. See the DAAD website for more information.

The Go Global award $1000

All students accepted to Go Global for Exchange, Research Abroad, or Study Abroad programs are automatically considered for this award. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you'll be notified of your award after you're accepted to Go Global and after you get nominated to apply to the partner university.

Additional awards

Students who are eligible for awards may receive one UBC or UBC-affiliated international learning award. If you're eligible, you are always offered the highest-value award. Unless stated otherwise, you need to meet eligibility criteria set out by the University Senate regarding awards.

Check out international learning awards and eligibility.

Information for US students

If you are a student from the United States, please check the US Department of Education Lookup Tool to ensure that any partner institution you wish to attend on Exchange is Title IV ‘eligible’ forFederal Student Aid for the year in which you intend to study there. For institutions outside of the US, select “Foreign Country” from the “State” dropdown menu.

If you attend an eligible institution, then you may receive Title IV federal student loans while on Exchange.

If you attend an ineligible institution:

  • You will not be eligible for US federal student loans,
  • You may invalidate any US student aid you have previously received for your studies at UBC,
  • You may be required to immediately begin repaying your US student loans, and
  • You may not be eligible for any future US student aid for the remainder of your studies at UBC.

Types of accommodation available


Housing notes

Housing in the City of Cologne is similar to other German cities, scarce and expensive, especially in the inner city, especially for students and doctoral candidates.

Information on Accommodation

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