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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Exchange Program Length: Semester
Language of Instruction: English, German Housing: Apartment
Academic Courses: Academic Credit Minimum GPA: 2.50
Office Location: Study Abroad Office JAAC 1009
Program Description:

University of Cologne



Cologne is Germany’s fourth-largest city with a population of about one million residents. With a student population of about 21,000 students, Cologne University of Applied Sciences is the largest university of applied sciences in Germany. Cologne is located about 45 kilometers southwest of Dusseldorf, and about 25 kilometers northwest of Bonn. It is near Germany's borders with Belgium and the Netherlands.

Being one of Europe’s most multicultural cities, the foreign population of Cologne currently lies at around 17 percent. The city hosts more than 30 museums and hundreds of galleries, it also has many international companies, institutions and organizations, particularly from the media and pharmaceutical sector. Public transportation is excellent, providing a dense network of buses, subways, trams and trains  and four airports within an hour from the city.  Students of Cologne University of Applied Sciences can use all buses and trains in the Rhine-Sieg transport system with their student identity card. 


FALL SEMESTER: October - February
Photo of Germany AREAS OF STUDY 

Cologne University is an AACSB accredited institution, so it is a good location for Belmont Business students to take courses in finance and International business. Interestingly, Cologne requires their teachers to have at least five years of senior management experience in companies in additional to their academic credentials. This provides for a unique curricular combination of theoretical and application-oriented approaches in the classroom.   

Students who want to take classes in English do not need to have a good command of the German language as an admission requirement. However, a working knowledge of German is helpful in daily and university life. On the Faculty website, you can download a course list, which gives an overview of courses offered in English, sorted by semester and level.

Exchange students are generally free to choose classes from any of the programs offered at Faculty of Business, Economics and Law. The business school teaches general economic expertise, international know-how and personal and social skills. Students interested in taking German courses have these courses as an option as well. Placement tests are offered at the beginning of every semester.  


Like the other universities in the city and like many universities throughout Europe, Cologne University does not have student residences of its own. Student residences are managed by a company called Studentenwerk, a central student services company in Cologne. The Studentenwerk has 86 buildings with some 4,600 rooms. There are apartments, suites for students with children, and handicapped-accessible housing. With around 80,000 students at Cologne’s 11 state and private universities, the rooms go quickly, so students are encouraged to apply early. Applications for accommodation should be submitted at least three months prior to the beginning of the intended period of stay. To learn more about student accommodations, visit the KSTW website.


1. Housing: 

Students pay housing directly to Cologne University of Applied Sciences.

2. Belmont Tuition: 
Tuition is charged at the regular semester rate. Students pay tuition to Belmont.    

3. Airfare  
Students are responsible for booking their own international travel. Students should wait until they receive formal acceptance from Cologne University into their program before booking their airfare. 
Photo of GermanySTUDENT LIFE

The International Office has implemented a sponsorship program, connecting exchange students with Cologne University students. There is a buddy system that helps exchange students learn more about Cologne. Cologne also offers a language partnership program. Every semester, the international office organizes exciting cultural events to connect German and international students to learn more about different aspects of Cologne. For more information visit here.

Dates and Deadlines

All requirements must be completed by the Belmont Abroad Office deadlines: online materials are due by 11:59 PM on the deadline date
Spring Semester Programs: October 15
Summer/Fall/Academic Year Programs: March 1
How to Apply

1. Please click the Apply Now button (found at the top-right of this page and/or at the bottom of this page) to apply.
2. You will automatically be directed to your myBelmont account to log-in.
3. After logging in to your myBelmont account, if you are not re-directed back to Belmont Global, open a new window for Belmont Global to complete your application.

This program has a two-step application process:
Step 1) The Belmont’s Study Abroad Office Application, which includes:
  • Passport photocopy
  • Online questionnaires
  • Signature documents 
Only application materials for Step 1 must be turned in by the corresponding term’s deadlines as listed above.
Step 2) The Host University Application,
This Step will be completed after your advisor reviews and accepts your Belmont application.
  • If Belmont’s Study Abroad Office accepts your application, your study abroad advisor will provide you with additional information, and supplemental application instructions will be sent to you. 


Dr.  Jeff Overby
Director, Center for International Business • Massey 319 • 615.460.6499


Jasmine Marecle 
Office of Study Abroad • JAAC 1009

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2021 10/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.