Universität zu Köln

City: Cologne
Language of instruction: English, German
  • Established in 1388
  • The University occupies a leading position in many areas of research
  • 37,000 students 
  • 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
  • The central location of campus in Cologne, and the Faculty’s focus on internationalisation, contribute to the Faculty’s reputation as an ideal place for an exchange term 
  • 450+ incoming exchange students per year
  • The Faculty is EQUIS accredited

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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 self-assess with: European Language Portfolio Global Scale)
  • Exchange students are welcome to take classes in English or German or a mix of both
  • The broad offer of English taught courses makes it possible to successfully complete a term in English only


Terms offered

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

Who can go?

  • Only Faculty of Arts and Commerce (UBCV) students are eligible to apply to this institution

Term dates

  • Term 1: From Mid-October to Mid-February (or Mid-December: see below)
  • Term 2: Mid-April to Mid-July


  • Orientation days are organized in the week before the term begins
  • Term 1 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
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.)

For more information about Go Global transfer credit

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

  • Most students will take Commerce, Political Science, Economics or other social science courses in the WiSO Faculty
  • Information on the Cologne Faculty of Arts.
  • COMM (UBCV) students may also request on an individual basis to take courses in Social Sciences, Life Sciences, Education and Humanities
  • 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

  • 5-6 courses (each of them with two classroom hours per week) per term on average
  • Students 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: ECON 2nd
Title: Economic Geography
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-12-21
UBC course: ECON 355
Title: International Economics
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-12-21
UBC course: POLI 346
Title: The Idea of Democracy
Partner course code: 4335.5004
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-09-05
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: The Political System of the Federal Republic of Germany
Partner course code: 14335.5000
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-09-05
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: The Political Economy of Southern European Capitalism
Partner course code: 14335.5006
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2019-09-05
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

  • Students considering this university are encouraged to apply for the generous DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship -  application is due by January 31, before you will have received confirmation of your exchange, therefore you will require a letter from Go Global to apply

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’ for Federal 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, similar to other German cities is scarce and expensive

Information on Accommodation

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