Contact & Service

Faculty of Social Sciences

TH Köln
Campus Südstadt
Ubierring 48, 50678 Köln


Departmental Coordinator

Sabine Becker

Angewandte Sozialwissenschaften

  • Campus Südstadt
    Ubierring 48
    50678 Köln
  • Phone: +49 221-8275-3733

General questions, Exchange students, International guests

Department for Practical Training

Yildiz Yanboludan

Angewandte Sozialwissenschaften

  • Campus Südstadt
    Ubierring 48
    50678 Köln
  • Phone: +49 221-8275-3046

Internships abroad

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.

Exchange students

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.

Language requirements

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

German courses

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.

DAAD - German Academic Exchange Service

Europe meets School

During your exchange semester (autumn) at the Faculty of Applied Social Sciences you can attend the programme „Europe meets School“ of the DAAD and realize a project at a local school, presenting your home country in a creative way to the pupils. You´ll be supported by a voluntary location team, consisting of students of Cologne. By this project you bring Europe into the classroom and arouse the pupils´ interest in your home country. You yourself benefit from the direct contact to young people in Germany, to other Erasmus-students and to local students and besides that improve your German language skills in a uncomplicated way. As exchange student of Social Work at our Faculty you additionally gain practical experience. In our module „Studium Generale“ you can obtain 2 ECTS for participating successfully in this project. More information: Sabine Becker, Departmental Coordinator