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University of Cologne

Founded in 1388, the University of Cologne is one of the oldest and largest universities in Europe and has stood for outstanding science and teaching ever since. Its attractiveness as a place to study is demonstrated by the almost 50,000 students who currently study there.

Its status as a leading international location for cutting-edge research is confirmed by its successful participation in the Excellence Initiative 2012. The University of Cologne is located in the heart of the Rhineland, one of the largest and most diverse research and industrial regions in Europe, and maintains excellent contacts with international and regional partners from science, education and industry.

Research and teaching focus

The institutional basis of research and teaching at the University of Cologne is formed by its six faculties with 102 subjects and its ten cross-faculty research and teaching centres. Currently, major, internationally competitive research focuses are: mechanisms of age-associated diseases, plant breeding research, quantum matter and materials, social and economic behavior, as well as socio-economic, cultural, and political change in Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia. The University of Cologne cooperates closely with the University Hospital Cologne and renowned research institutions of the Max Planck Society and the Helmholtz Association in the Cologne region. The Center for Organic Electronics1 COPT builds a bridge between top university research and companies; the Gateway Start-up Service supports university members in implementing their own business ideas. The high density of companies in the region provides an ideal environment for this. The 45 graduate schools and colleges currently offering graduate programs provide ideal conditions for young scientists.


The University of Cologne maintains a dynamic international network with 85 partner universities and more than 500 faculty partnerships, and maintains liaison offices in Beijing, Delhi and New York. Top international researchers also come directly to Cologne via the International Faculty Program and the International College Morphomata. Students are offered a wide range of exchange opportunities and the opportunity to graduate with other internationally renowned universities.


  • Mathematics and Natural Sciences
  • Management, Economics and Social Sciences
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Human Sciences


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