International Business (Bachelor's program) – Advice and Support

Absolventen des Schmalenbach Institut in Talaren im November 2013 (Image: FH Köln / Thilo Schmülgen)

Do you have questions on the Bachelor's program in International Business? You may find your answers in the FAQ below or contact the Program Coordinator. Should you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Application and admission

+How do I apply?

Application procedures differ for German/EU citizens and other nationalities. Please make sure you select the option that applies to you. Please refer to the links below for more information.

+Can I pursue the Bachelor's program in International Business part-time or as a distance/online course?

No. The Bachelor's program in International Business is a full-time program. Part-time or online/distance learning options are not offered. According to the curriculum, students are expected to take five modules per semester, equaling a workload of approx. 900 hours. Students who choose to take four or less modules per semester should be aware that they will not be able to graduate within the standard program duration. Please note that you are also expected to take five modules during your semester abroad and that the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law will only be able to support you for one semester.

+I obtained my entrance qualification outside of Germany. How can I find out if I am eligible to apply to the Bachelor's program?

The University Application Service for International Students (uni-assist) evaluates international entrance qualifications on behalf of TH Köln (University of Applied Sciences). International students are required to submit their academic documents to uni-assist for review as part of the applications process.

Please consider contacting our Department of International Affairs prior to applying. They may be able to offer you additional information tailored to your situation.

+What are the language requirements for the Bachelor's program in International Business?

All applicants who obtained their entrance qualification at an institution where the language of instruction is not German are required to submit proof of their German language proficiency, e.g. with the German Language Proficiency Test for Admission of International Students (DSH) or an equivalent test.
Please contact the Department of International Affairs for additional information.

Financial aspects

+What is the tuition fee and are there scholarships available?

Cologne University of Applied Sciences does not charge tuiton fees. However, students are required to pay an administrative fees of approx. € 300 per semester (e.g. € 277 for the summer semester 2020). This fee includes a public transport pass for all of North Rhine-Westphalia for the entire semester. The fee will increase every semester slightly.

There are some scholarships available. Please refer to the links below for additional information.

+Do I have to pay for my semester abroad?

The Faculty of Business, Economics and Law has exchange agreements with universities around the world. Students who choose to study at one of our partner institutions are not required to pay tuition fees for their semester abroad. However, the number of places is limited and we cannot guarantee that you will get a place at the university of your choice. We thus recommend planning your semester abroad well in advance.

Students who choose to study at any other university must be aware that many institutions charge tuition and administrative fees. All students should take into account that the cost of living abroad may be higher than in Cologne. It is the students' responsibility to ensure they have sufficient financial resources for their semester abroad.

Financial support might be available. Please contact the Department of International Affairs for more information. Please note: Some universities/countries do not qualify for "Auslands BAföG".


+Is it possible to switch programs?

If you wish to enroll in a different program at TH Köln, you need to submit a regular application. There is no preferential treatment for students who are already enrolled at our institution.

+Can I spend an exchange semester at TH Köln?

Please contact the Department of International Affairs at your home university for more information on our current partnership. Or contact the Department of International Affairs at TH Köln for information on Free Mover Options.

We cannot accept applications from freemovers if the home university is not a partner university.

+Does TH Köln offer on-campus accomodation?

There is no on-campus housing at TH Köln. However, the 'Kölner Studentenwerk' (Cologne Association for Student Affairs) offers student accomodation in and around Cologne. This service is available to all students enrolled at one of Cologne's institutions of higher education. Therefore, demand is very high and applications competitive.

Please make sure to arrange your accomodation, whether private or through the Kölner Studentenwerk, in time. Cologne is very popular with students and as a result the demand is usually particularly high just before the beginning of each semester.

+Will all classes be on the same campus?

Usually yes. All lectures of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law will be held on the Südstadt campus. Other classes, such as language courses, might be on a different campus.

Support for International Students Prof. Dr. Susann Kowalski

Prof. Dr. Susann Kowalski

Recognition of courses taken abroad

  • Room 214
Program Director Prof. Dr. Michael Volkmann

Prof. Dr. Michael Volkmann

Program Coordinator

Christina Linnemann

Visit Ms Linnemann during her office ours at Campus Südstadt, Claudiusstr. 1, 50678 Cologne in Room 61E

  • Phone: +49 221-8275-3916

Further information for current students is available here: International Business (Bachelor) – For Students .