This site uses cookies to help deliver services. By using this site, you agree to the use of cookies.  Learn more Got it!
EMLYON Business School
 
Grenoble EM
 
ESADE Business School
 
KTH Royal Institute of Technology
 
ESSCA
Studies > Germany > Cologne > Universität zu Köln > Review by Stéphanie
 
Contact: +49 221 470 27 69
Accreditations and rankings:
CEMS, PIM

Universität zu Köln (UNIKOELN)

University of Cologne, Kerpener Straße 4, 50923 Köln, Germany
3.95 / 5 based on 282 reviews.
Description:
Numbering almost 62,000 students, the University of Cologne, is one of the largest of the German universities. It is also one of the oldest: in 1988 it celebrated six hundred years of existence. The foundation of many other universities in late medieval Germany was due to the initiative of important-spiritual and temporal authorities, but in Cologne it was the citizens who established the university. Thus today the University of Cologne is still a "city university", and that in a double sense: founded by the citizens of Cologne and with a university campus not outside of but within the city itself. It is located in the immediate vicinity of the large economic and industrial Rhine/Ruhr are... Read more


Programmes
Accreditations
88% of students recommend
282 reviews
Housing
3.7/5
All experiences (282)
Student life
4.3/5
5 stars (102)
Academic
3.8/5
4 stars (108)
Languages
4.2/5
3 stars (72)
Expenses
3.6/5
2 stars (0)
Overall
4.3/5
1 star (0)
Be zen, bring big coat, gloves and scarf to survive winter and visit the Christmas markets ... :) Read Review
scambron, Belgium

Universität zu Köln review by Stéphanie

Review by Stéphanie, Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
Business Studies, CEMS
HOUSING    
Personal assessment
Cost
KEY:
Couldn't have asked for more.
Pretty good.
Could've been better, but didn't lessen the overall experience.
Disappointing.
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Type of housing: Student dorm out of the city
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: On campus
Why? Shorter commuting time
Personal comments:
Very spacious and well organized.
This review is the opinion of an iAgora member, and not of iAgora itself
Was this review useful?   Yes · No

STUDENT LIFE    
Personal social experience
Activities
KEY:
Amazing! Hardly had time to study.
Plenty to do when I had the time.
So-so.
Did not get involved.
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Describe host city: Students equally interact with the local and student community
Travel: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Activities, Nightlife: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal comments:
Christmas markets... and Carnival! :)
This review is the opinion of an iAgora member, and not of iAgora itself
Was this review useful?   Yes · No

ACADEMIC       3.5 / 5
My academic experiences
Quality of courses
KEY:
Fantastic.
Pretty good.
Could've been a bit better.
Disappointing.
Variety of courses
Availability/access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with other international students
Interaction with local students
Course recommendations:
Choice of courses very limited in my exchange program (CEMS). Courses taught in English as well as German (you have to know both languages to succeed!)



My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
KEY:
Liked it.
It was alright.
A bit annoying.
Didn't like it.
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course.
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Overall
Personal comments:
If the UoC wants to become more international, it should offer more courses taught in English... Having to choose at least 1 or 2 courses in German scares the people off.

This review is the opinion of an iAgora member, and not of iAgora itself
Was this review useful?   Yes · No

Language difficulties
Social
KEY:
No problems.
I coped pretty well.
Sometimes it was difficult.
It was a constant struggle.
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction.
Was learning English a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
Was learning German a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my German
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: No problems in any areas (including slang)
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
How much did you improve your German?
My level before: Basic phrases
My level after: At ease in most situations
Personal comments:
Good learning experience. Germans are really patient with people learning their language.
This review is the opinion of an iAgora member, and not of iAgora itself
Was this review useful?   Yes · No

EXPENSES    
The accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
KEY:
Very easy.
Minimal effort.
Accessible but required effort.
Almost impossible.
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
An ERASMUS grant
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits:
It was just more expensive than what I use to have...
Overall, Telephone, Housing: was more expensive than at home.
Food, Travel, Nightlife: was the same price as at home.
Personal comments:
No idea... I'll have to think about that.
This review is the opinion of an iAgora member, and not of iAgora itself
Was this review useful?   Yes · No

OVERALL    
Important to choosing this university...
Academic reasons
KEY:
Very Important.
Important.
Not really important.
Unimportant.
Culture
Costs
Activities
Campus life
Party / people
Weather / Location
I wish I had known...
I might have wanted more information about all the administrative work I would have to do (register at the city hall, open a German bank account, contact company to get Internet in my room, sign 2-3 documents for housing, ...) It was a bit overwhelming and time-consuming in the beginning.
In my opinion:
Most people loved it.



During my experience abroad, I ...
Became familiar with another culture
KEY:
Happened all the time.
Happened quite a lot.
Happened a bit.
Didn't happen.
Traveled
Improved language skills
Met people from other countries
Became more independent
Partied a lot
Experienced a change in life
Advanced my studies/career
Personal recommendation:
The UoC is a very good university (good academic level, nice people and teachers, interersting courses)... I would therefore recommend it to all (German speaking!) students who wish to study in Germany.



FINAL COMMENTS

Be zen, bring big coat, gloves and scarf to survive winter and visit the Christmas markets ... :)
This review is the opinion of an iAgora member, and not of iAgora itself
Was this review useful?   Yes · No



 
More ways to globalise your CV
Work - Community Manager...
Marketing - Paris
English speakers
Studies - ESSCA - Angers
180 reviews
82% say Good-Great
Languages - Kaplan I... - London
1 reviews
100% recommend