University of 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 and has recently been awarded as University of Excellence in Germany. 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. It is well-known for offering students a vast scope of study fields and specializations.

Aachener Str. 209
Cologne D-50931
Phone: +49 (0)221 470 - 3738
Fax: +49 (0)221 470 - 5145
50° 56' 11.7672" N, 6° 55' 19.1748" E
CEMS University Campus Cologne _by Alexander Perkovic
CEMS abbreviation : 

 CEMS Programme Manager (PM)

Christoph Karl

Guest student Coordinator
Phone: +49 221 470 2779
Fax: +49 221 470 5145

Jutta Reusch

Outgoing Students (CEMS) Coordinator
Phone: 49 221 470 7067
Fax: 49 221 470 5145

 CEMS Corporate Relations Manager (CRM)

Christa Leenen-Poser

Assistant to the Directors
Phone: +49(0) 221 470 3738
Fax: +49(0) 221 470 5145

 CEMS Academic Director

Target of this fact sheet: Prospective CEMS students applying to MSc+MIM


Contact people for application questions

 Programme Info

MSc degrees offered in combination with CEMS MIM: 

MSc Business Administration with Majors in Accounting and Taxation, Corporate Development, Finance, Marketing, Supply Chain Management and MSc Economics. All majors are combined with a minor subject that is designed as a free elective, thus allowing students to chose from over 30 minors from all disciplines of the WiSo Faculty. There are For further MSc programmes taught in German language please see WiSo Course Guidance Center.

Application Deadlines: 

Mid-May each year

Language of Instruction: 

The CEMS MIM programme elements are all taught in English language. The regular Master is taught in German and English.

Duration and Full-time Workload: 

The Master’s programme comprises 120 ECTS credit points and is laid out for a standard full-time study period of four semesters.

 MSc Academic Expenses

Tuition fees, Scholarships: 

Students need to pay a social contribution each semester of approx. 230 €, this includes a ticket for public transport in the entire state of North-Rhine-Westphalia.

 Living Expenses

Estimated monthly budget for single students:

Housing (shared)Euro 300 - 500
Transportationincluded in semester contribution of approximately Euro 230
Meals & groceriesEuro 200 - 300
MiscellaneousLeisure activities: Euro 100 - 250

Target of this fact sheet: Enrolled CEMS MIM Students before their term abroad

 Academic Information

Required Documents before arrival: 

Nomination by the home coordinator, necessary admission documents will be requested directly from the exchange students.

Enrolment as visiting Student: 

Incoming students are guided through the enrolment process by the CEMS students incoming coordinator

Language(s) of Instruction other than English: 

All CEMS courses are offered in English. Incoming students may opt for one course taught in German language, if they wish.

Language requirement: 

There are no special requirements for CEMS exchange students. English CEF level B2 is advised, German is not necessary.

Language offer: 

Free, optional German language courses for incoming students from “Beginners" to “ZOP level” prior to semester start (intensive four-weeks blocked course) as well as during lecture time. Optional Business English courses (limited number of places).

Minimum and Maximum Workload requirements: 

30 ECTS, roughly 5 courses with 20 contact hours/week

Terms Dates
Academic YearTerm 1Term 2
Terms Dates : Details
Term 1Term 2
Nomination Period :before May 1stbefore Nov 1st
Terms Dates details :Sept 1st - December 20th, 2014March 2nd - July 22nd, 2015
Welcome Day / Orientation weekSept 1stMarch 2nd
Block Seminar / Launch EventSept 28th - Oct 2nd, 201430./31.03.2015 t.b.c.

 Academic Expenses

MIM Academic Expenses: 

CEMS Blocked Seminar Fee approx. 250€ covers transportation, accommodation, food and course material.Approx. €230 semester social contribution which includes a ticket for public transport and student servicesSemester Ticket Information. Approx. 100€ RGL seminar fee.

 Living Expenses

Estimated monthly budget for single students:

Housing (shared)Euro 300 - 500
Transportationincluded in semester contribution of approximately Euro 230
Meals & groceriesEuro 200 - 300
MiscellaneousLeisure activities: Euro 100 - 250

 Services and Facilities

Health insurance: 

It is mandatory to have a proper health insurance, which is not offered by the University itself. It is the students duty to book a health insurance.


All guest students automatically receive a letter of acceptance and a letter for the German authorities for visa application and residence permit. Further details see Visa information


The WiSo-Faculty's guide Living in Cologne / Flat-hunting is full of information and advice on finding accommodation in Cologne.

Check out CEMS partner HousingAnywhere in addition to the local offers

Internships support and national regulations: 

Please check out the information on Internships and Corporate Relations or contact the Corporate Relations Coordinator for further information.

Check out CEMS Internship Guide

Orientation / CEMS Club and other Student Clubs: 

The International Relations Center (ZIB-WiSo) together with the  PIM and CEMS Student and Alumni Club Cologne e.V. organizes two Welcome Day event series per semester:

  • At the start of the pre-semester German course (September and March, respectively) 
  • A week before the beginning of lectures (October and April, respectively).

The Welcome Days consist of info events on organising studies and choosing courses, tours and parties. In particular, the second series of Welcome Days a week before lectures furnish incoming students with detailed information on the organization of studies as well as on course selection and registration.

The International Relations Center and the  PIM & CEMS Student and Alumni Club Cologne e.V. organize a buddy programme - all incoming CEMS exchange students are assigned a “buddy” – a Cologne student who helps them find their bearings in the city during the first few weeks

Information about the city / the country: 

Target of this Form: Enrolled MSc students applying to MIM at this school