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University of cologne

Cologne, Germany

Founded in 1388, the University of Cologne is one of the oldest and largest universities in Germany with a long-standing tradition. It has gained a consistent and outstanding reputation for maintaining the highest standards in research and education.

The Cologne Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences (WiSo Faculty), one of the six schools of the University and Germany’s largest and most reputable Faculty of its type is EQUIS accredited and regularly ranks among the top providers of management and business education. It is well-known for offering students a vast scope of study fields and specializations, that will give you everything you need to turn your career plans into reality.


Albertus Magnus Platz, Cologne, Germany


student feedback




  • Previous students rated the university a 4 out of 5 

  • Previous students rated the courses difficulty to be similar to Nova. 

  • Philipp (Fall 2021): Great Block Seminar, Global Strategy, rest is electives of which there are a lot



  • Previous students rated the workload to be light.

  • Philipp (Fall 2021): CEMS Classes are fine, everything else really varies depending on the class. You can choose things that are easy enough and just enjoy your time! But you can also really dig in and learn something.



  • Previous students rated the city life to be amazing.

  • Previous students rated the nightlife to be amazing.

  • Philipp (Fall 2021): Culturally increadibly beautiful and diverse, no matter what you're into, there's something for you! 



  • Previous students said the CEMS cohort had around 80 students. 

  • Previous students rated the CEMS community to be amazing.

  • Previous students rated the CEMS Office to be ok.

  • Philipp (Fall 2021): CEMS Club has their own rooms on the party street of Cologne to do workshops and events - the Club also organizes some more exotic or expensive events (subsidised by the club), such as a weekend in the Netherlands, Go-Karting, water-skiing, etc.



  • Previous students said it was hard to find accommodation.

  • Philipp (Fall 2021): Not cheap! Expect to pay at least 400€, but most don't pay more than 600€. Find something not too far from the Uni campus!


PRIce of one beer

  • Previous students said that living costs were similar to Lisbon. 

  • Philipp (Fall 2021): Groceries are quite cheap even compared to Lisbon. Restaurants are typically 8-15€ for normal foods, Kölsch (beer, 0.2l) is 1.80-2.0€, large beers ~4-4.5€


Philipp (Fall 2021)

Anonymous (Fall 2022)

Beer, party, and the place to find out all your stereotypes about Germany are wrong!

Excellent CEMS Club and lots of opportunities to meet people, network with companies and have a great time. Start looking for accommodation early. Was surprised by how many corporate opportunities the CEMS Club provided, how little I paid to go to all events and how easy and cheap it was to travel around Cologne.

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