International Management and Intercultural Communication – For GlobalMBA Exchange Students
Welcome to TH Köln – University of Technology, Arts, Sciences!
We are delighted that you will begin your GlobalMBA study program at our university. Your studies at TH Köln will be conducted by two departments: the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law and the Institute of Translation and Multilingual Communication (ITMK). The key information about your semester in Cologne will be published on this webpage, which is located on ITMK's website.
For most of you the stay in Cologne will be the very first study term abroad. Because we know how difficult making preparations for a foreign study term can be, we would like to offer you some assistance. We hope the information and documents on this website will help you to prepare your studies at our university and will whet your appetite for your stay in Cologne.
Studying at the ITMK in Cologne
GlobalMBA students from our partner universities enroll at TH Köln as exchange students during the winter term of their first year of study. At TH Köln the International Office (IO) is in charge of the enrollment of exchange students. The IO sends out further details on the enrollment procedure via email to all exchange students. You will be asked to register online with TH Köln's online portal "Mobility Online". Our IO provides you with details on how to register and the documents you have to upload in order to finalize your registration. Once your online registration is complete you can download and print out your individual letter of admission (so-called Zulassungsschreiben) via Mobility Online (Non-EU students will need this document for their visa application). Upon arrival in Cologne you will have to enroll personally at our IO (official matriculation). Under Orientation you will find links to our IO´s websites with usefull information for TH Köln's exchange students.
An important document for preparing your studies is our booklet "Studying at the ITMK in Cologne" which you can download under Orientation. We recommend you read it carefully, as it provides important information about studying at the ITMK, about university formalities and procedures. In addition, you find information about student life in Cologne – including some useful addresses and ideas about leisure activities.
Detailed information on your MA studies, especially on your program in Cologne can be downloaded under Study Program. In the "GlobalMBA Study Guide" you will find the MA study plan containing all classes you will attend during the program. For students from UW: Should you apply for an Erasmus+ grant for your study period in Cologne, please use the study plan for filling in your Learning Agreement ("Before the Mobility" part).
Under University Life we provide you with website links to student services at TH Köln. Some information exist in German only, in this case please ask your German fellow students to help you with the translation.
We would like to draw your attention to TH Köln's online platform "Online Examination and Student Services" (PSSO), where you can view your grades (please note: GlobalMBA students do not have to register online for exams!) Also, you should get familiar with your "MultiCa", your student card at TH Köln and the "Semesterticket" which allows you to use free public transport in Cologne as well as in North Rhine-Westphalia.
How to Find Accommodation in Cologne
All students need to arrange their accommodation themselves, since TH Köln has no means of arranging accommodation for students. Therefore TH Köln´s International Office put together useful information and advice on how to find accommodation in Cologne.
Please note: If you apply for accommodation in a hall of residence at the Kölner Studentenwerk (KStW) and you receive an offer, please make sure you accept the offer by the stipulated deadline. Otherwise, the room will be offered to someone else. If you have not received an offer 4 to 6 weeks before the start of the rental period, please inquire at the "Kölner Studierendenwerk". If the Kölner Studierendenwerk has no vacancy (which is likely to happen), you have to look elsewhere. The information provided by our International Office hopefully will be helpful to you. If you need help with the KStW application, see the information "How to apply for student housing in Cologne".
We regret that we cannot help you with finding accommodation apart from the information provided in our brochure.
Orientation Meeting and Study Program Winter Term 2019/20
Your study program starts with an orientation meeting on Monday, September 30, 2019 at 10:00 am in room no. 211 (Ubierring 48 building). Afterwards, a campus and a city tour in Cologne's city center will be organized. Your first day will end with a welcome dinner from 5 to 8 pm (Café Himmelsblick, Claudiusstraße 1) where we all will be able to meet faculty members, teaching staff and alumni.
On October 1 and 2 you will attend an Intercultural Workshop (room no. 211, Ubierring 48 building). For further details see below.
On Monday, October 7 you will have a full-day block class with Prof. Sander.
Please note: Attendance is compulsory for all meetings and classes!
The regular class meeting schedule starts on October 8. Your term in Cologne will end on January 24, 2020. For details please see our "Class Meeting Schedule" and further information, e.g. list of textbooks, under Study Program. As the central GlobalMBA webpage is conducted at the University of North Florida you will find the link to this site there as well.
FYI: This year's Christmas break will be from December 23 to January 3. Lectures re-start on January 6, 2020.
On October 1 and 2, 2019 you will attend an Intercultural Workshop. As this workshop is part of your Intercultural Communication class attendance is mandatory.
Optional German Classes for Exchange Students
For exchange students special German classes will be available during the term (4 academic hours per week = 4 x 45 minutes) at different levels organized by our "Sprachlernzentrum" (Language Learning Center, SLZ). A compulsory assessment test will be organized in September. Students have to register by email at the Sprachlernzentrum (for details please see here). Students who pass the examination at the end of the semester will get a separate certificate issued by the SLZ.