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Universität zu Köln

About the University

Welcome to one of the most famous and - with about 63.000 students - also one of the most popular German universities in the very heart of Europe. The University of Cologne with its seven faculties offers students an enormous variety in choice and combination of courses and subjects. Students who expect and fulfill high standards at the university, will find best studying conditions here.

Leading positions in the field of research

The University of Cologne occupies a leading position in many areas of research. Thus, for example, the Genetic Institute is part of the Cologne Centre of Genetic Research - one of four in the Federal Republic. The Genetic Institute alone houses two specialist research sectors ("molecular analysis of the development of cellular systems" and "the modular structure of genetic material"). There are two further specialist fields of research ("the physics and chemistry of interstellar molecular clouds" and the "physics of mesoscopic and low-dimensional metallic systems") in physics.

However, Cologne also remains a centre of multi-faceted "classical" philosophical and historical research. The Institute of Archaeology, to cite just one example, is one of the most important research centres for interpreting unpublished papyri from Egyptian, Greek and Roman antiquity. In 1995 the specialist research sector "cultural and scenic change in arid Africa" was established in which the disciplines of Egyptology, African Studies, Botany, Geography, Prehistory and Early History, and Ethnology participate. In addition, the university is involved in the specialist research into "theory of the lexicon".

Main inter-faculty research sectors and media

For a number of years now, the university has been endeavouring to take into account the radical political and technological changes which are occurring by means of expanding and developing new main inter-faculty research sectors. In addition to the biological sciences, these primarily include environmental and space research, African research, informatics, modern Sinology, the regional sciences of Latin America and European research. In 1995, in conjunction with the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Science, the Faculty of Medicine founded the "Cologne University Centre of Molecular-Biological Medicine". Together with the Faculty of Economics and Social Science, the Faculty of Medicine is currently establishing the "Cologne University Institute of Health Economics, Medicine and Society".

Taking its lead from Cologne’s role as a media centre, the university is currently in the process of expanding the media sciences sector, one of the university’s main focuses of interest. The Institute of Theatre, Film and Television Sciences and the Institute of Broadcasting Legislation can look back upon a long tradition in this field. A few years ago the Institute of Broadcasting Economics was founded.

Post-graduate colleges

The University of Cologne attaches particular importance to the existence of close links between the fields of research and pedagogics. Thus, for example, in 1985, in conjunction with the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, the Federal Republic’s first post-graduate college (Graduiertenkolleg) was established with the intention of sponsoring particularly gifted young academics. With the financial assistance of the German Research Council more than 200 graduate colleges have since been established at virtually all German universities, five of which are at the University of Cologne.

Academic and university environment

The success of an academic institution is also contingent upon its environment. Three major research institutes (the Atomic Research Centre in Jülich, the German Research Institute of Air and Space Travel in Porz, the Society of Mathematics and Data Processing in St. Augustin) and three Max Planck Institutes (of cultivation research, neurological research and social research) are located in the vicinity and participate in fruitful exchanges with university academics. In addition, Cologne is home to eight other colleges and universities including the German College of Physical Education, the State College of Music and the Media Art School, founded in 1989. All in all, the number of students in Cologne totals approximately 85,000. The work and study opportunities which this research and further education capacity offers to both academics and students is available in only a few locations in Europe.


Universität zu Köln
50923 Köln
Tel: +49 (0)221 / 470-0

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