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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)
If you want to experience the real and anonymus European University this is your choice. Read Review
lpedragosa, Spain

Universität zu Köln review by lpedragosa

Review by lpedragosa, ESADE Business School, Barcelona, Spain
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: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why? Because you could experience better the city life
Personal comments:
They have accommodation problems with foreign students due to an accommodation shortage around University.
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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: Student life dominates the city
Activities, Nightlife, Travel: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal comments:
There are plenty of night spots in Cologne. Restaurant Magnus, close to University campus they have the best branch on the weekends
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ACADEMIC       2.5 / 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:
Try to get into the courses with an international approach.



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:
A little bit more of organization wouldn't be bad at all...

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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: German
Was learning German a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my German
How much did you improve your German?
My level before: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
My level after: At ease in most situations
Personal comments:
I find German difficult compared to other languages such as English, but I wanted to learn it and that's what I did.
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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:
Family
Personal savings
An ERASMUS grant
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits:
More or less, life was the same as at home
Food, Travel, Nightlife, Overall, Telephone, Housing: was the same price as at home.
Personal comments:
Watch out with phone bills at home, specially with international calls.
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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...
Nothing, I like to discover new places and situations on my own.
In my opinion:
I loved it but I'm not sure everybody would.



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:
Try to organize exchange students needs and activities better. Try to offer more subjects for these students as well.



FINAL COMMENTS

If you want to experience the real and anonymus European University this is your choice.
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