Incomings - International Guests and Exchange Students
The International Office of the TH Köln will be your first contact here in Cologne. In addition to all the administration and practical support, they also organize a lot of activities like welcome-parties, meetings with incoming students of other faculties, excursions, sightseeing tours in the city etc.
Application and admission
Degree seeking students
If you are seeking a Bachelor or Master´s degree at TH Köln there are different criteria and ways of application. Please consult the homepage of the International Office. Information about the contents of the programmes you get here.
As soon as you are chosen by your home University and nominated by the TH Köln, you will receive a confirmation email from the International Office with a link to Mobility online. This online-tool will guide you step by step through the application procedure.
You will also be invited to contact the departmental coordinator of the faculty. She will for example support you in choosing the courses for your learning agreement, a kind of contract which has to be signed by you and the departmental coordinators of both partner universities.
First orientation at the faculty
The faculty belongs to the Campus Südstadt, the building is located at Ubierring 48. The following study programmes are offered:
- BA Social Work
- BA Early Childhood Education and Family Studies
- MA Pedagogy and Management in Social Work
- MA Counselling and Advocacy in Social Law
In the course list you can look at the current lectures and seminars of the BA programmes. Please bear in mind that the schedule with reliable dates for the following semester will be available only shortly before the start of the semester. Until then, the past semester can provide approximate orientation. More detailed information provides the Lecture Schedule.
The academic year in Germany is usually divided into two semesters:
- Wintersemester: September – February
- Sommersemester: March –August
The seminars of the winter semester begin in the middle of September and for the summer semester in the middle of March. Please check the exact date in the academic calendar.
The language of instruction is German. In order to take part in the seminars, you need and have to prove a level of at least B1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
English friendly courses
Nevertheless, our faculty is establishing more and more courses in English in the near future. Currently, we already offer some “English friendly courses”, which can be seen by following the link.
“English friendly courses” (efc) means, that the language of instruction is still German, but you can ask for support in English:
- ask questions and receive answers in English
- if requested, receive advice on learning material in English
- opportunity to be tested in English
The TH Köln offers a variety of language course. These courses are organized by the Sprachlernzentrum (SLZ). Some of the courses “German for foreigners” take place at the Campus Südstadt.
Please ask your home university if the ECTS (European credit transfair system) obtained by a language course can be recognized in the learning agreement.
It is possible to complete the obligatory work placement in Cologne. The placements have to meet special requirements in order to be accepted.
Further, you should consider that you need very good German language skills for direct contact with clients in Germany.
However, the faculty will be able to arrange for supervision and theoretical seminars, if required by your home university.
After checking the individual possibilities and conditions of the internship, you can join the mandatory accompanying and supervising seminars of the faculty which take place mainly in the summer semester.
Please ask the contact person of our faculty in relation of international internships, Yildiz Yanboludan.