Institute of Translation and Multilingual Communication – Incoming Exchange Students
On this page, we provide our Erasmus+ incoming students with all the information they need to prepare for their stay in Cologne. This includes information on how to find accommodation, information on the Erasmus+ German classes and the current course catalogue, as well as relevant dates and deadlines.
Student Life at the ITMK and in Cologne
Welcome to the ITMK and the TH Köln!
We're delighted you're about to begin a study year at our institute. And because we know how difficult making preparations for a foreign study year can be, we'd like to offer a little help. We hope the information provided will create a positive first impression of your stay in Cologne and whet your appetite for your study year here.
Our International Office also provides the brochure 'Just Arrived' containing information about your stay in Cologne, university formalities and procedures as well as how to find accommodation. Moreover there's information about student life in Cologne, including some useful addresses and ideas about leisure activities.
Enrollment / Admission
Our International Office (IO) campus Südstadt is in charge of the enrollment for all incoming students.
You will receive an email with detailed information from our IO, in which you will be asked to register online with TH Köln's online portal "Mobility Online". Moreover, the IO provides you with information on how to proceed within "Mobility Online" and the documents you have to upload in order to finalize your registration. Therefore, please check your e-mails regularly.
Once registration is completed, you will be able to download and print your Letter of Admission. This document states, that you have been accepted as an exchange student at the TH Köln and can be used as an official document.
After your arrival in Cologne, you will have to enroll personally at our IO (official matriculation) at the Campus Südstadt. Then you will have to pay the semester fee. Now your immatriculation is completed and you can use your MultiCa.
For the immatriculation, our IO offers special dates in mid-September (winter term) / mid-March (summer term). Please consider this, planning your stay abroad and take into consideration the IO's office hours at the campus Südstadt.
Erasmus+ / Incoming Orientation
Summer Semester 2019
Orientation for exchange students + arrival planning
Dear exchange students,
Your semester at the ITMK begins with an obligatory orientation day on: Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 10:30 h in room 319
Since participation is compulsory for all new exchange students please be sure to make a note of the date!
For planning your arrival: We recommend you arrive at least 3 to 4 weeks before the orientation week starts (the first day of the month is generally the date rental agreements start). This way you have time to settle in Cologne, move into your room/apartment and complete your enrollment at TH Köln before the lectures start.
Please take into account that you will have to enroll at our IO. Furthermore, the placement tests for the German classes at TH Köln's Language Center (SLZ) take place before the lecture period starts.
You can find all further semester dates in our Academic Calendar.
We are looking forward to welcoming you in Cologne soon!
The ITMK offers courses/degrees in modern foreign languages (English, French, Spanish). The basic language is German. Therefore, most of the classes at the ITMK are taught in German (apart from language/translation classes). Hence, exchange students should have a sound knowledge of German in order to attend classes successfully. The minimum German level is B1. Apart from this we also have entrance levels for the foreign languages:
- English = B2
- French and Spanish = B1
Please consider these levels as minimum prerequisites for the first year of study. For attending classes of higher years of study, higher language levels are logically required (especially for translation and interpreting classes). You should take this into consideration when choosing classes/making up your Learning Agreement and chose your project module.
If you don't have the appropriate language levels you can attend classes at TH Köln's Language Center (Sprachlernzentrum = SLZ). The SLZ focuses on language learning classes, not only in German but also in English, French and Spanish as well as Italian (for further information see below).
TH Köln's Language Center
The TH Köln's Language Center (German: Sprachlernzentrum, short: SLZ) organizes German classes for exchange students at no charge.
For any queries regarding German classes please contact the Language Center directly. Exchange students may attend one German class/level during the term (exception B2+ level). The Language Center also offers courses for English, French, Spanish and Italian at various levels. Further information can be found here.
You are required to register online for the compulsory placement test which takes place 2- 3 weeks before lectures start.
Please note: Most of the classes take place at Campus Deutz/IWZ (which takes about 30 minutes by bus and train from the ITMK's location in the Südstadt).
Lecture Timetable for Exchange Students
As an exchange student you can only select classes from our bachelor program 'Multilingual Communication'. But you can choose classes from any semester. You can find an overwiew about the classes, we offer in general under "study program" at the right.
On the right you will find the following documents:
- The current Erasmus+ lecture timetable. It contains special information/classes for incoming exchange students as well as a manual on how to use the online platform UnivIs for making up your individual timetable. Shortly before semester starts the actually offered classes will be published in UnivIS.
- An overview of the changes to the lecture timetable since there may be changes to the time/place at short notice.
- The study program of ITMK's Bachelor 'Multilingual Communication'. It serves as an overview of which classes we offer in general (e.g. for your provisional Learning Agreement 'Before the Mobility'). Please note: Not all classes listed in the curriculum are offered every term! The exact list of classes offered in the current term will be released online via UnivIs shortly before the lectures start (see below).
- An explanation of the study program.
The release dates for the ITMK's lecture timetables are as follows:
- winter semester (WiSe): late September
- summer semester (SoSe): mid March
Particularities of some classes
Please note the following points while selecting your classes:
1. Exchange students cannot attend the following classes:
- Kompetenzerweiterung (in your native language)
- Interkulturelle Wirtschaftskompetenz (in your native language)
- Zusatzsprache (in your native language)
- Intergriertes Projekt Wirtschaft/Recht/Sprache (Bachelor Languages and Business)
- Vorbereitungskurs CPE
2. Some courses are rounded off with a practical examination (PP), which is not marked. The result on the ECTS Certificate/Leistungsnachweis is called: 'pass' or 'fail'. Before choosing one of these classes please ask your home university whether they will accredit it towards your degree without a mark. These courses are:
- Vortrags- und Präsentationstechniken (project module, obligatory)
- Informationstechnologie A/B
3. Some classes are organized as block classes (on one or several days). Please note that registration is required. You can register via email to the lecturer from the first lecture week on. You will receive an email answer whether you are accepted. Details will be published in the Erasmus+ lecture timetable.
4. Registration is required for computer-based courses. As places in PC labs are limited, a registration via email with the lecturer is required. The lecturer will let you know whether you have been accepted or not. For details please see the Erasmus+ lecture timetable.
Mandatory Project Module
In the middle of the semester (both winter and summer semester) TH Köln organizes a university-wide mandatory project week. During this week, all ITMK students (exchange students included) have to attend a special course (in the winter semester they are linked to certain courses). Exchange students have to take the following courses in the respective semester:
- for students with a German level B2+: "Proseminar" (5 ECTS)
- for students with a German level below B2: "Projekt Vortrags-/Präsentationstechniken"(2 ECTS)
- Project module "Vertiefung Kompetenzerweiterung und Kulturraum" (1 ECTS)
We will provide you with further information in good time!
All ITMK exchange students choose their classes individually on the basis of the current Erasmus+ lecture timetable and UnivIs and make up their individual timetable. Before as well as after your arrival at the ITMK, we have to check your Learning Agreement (LA) as follows:
- Learning Agreement: Before the Mobility (BTM) = your provisional study plan/course selection. You are required to upload it to Mobility Online by: WiSe: May, 1 / SoSe: November, 1.
- Learning Agreement: During the Mobility (DTM) = your final study plan/course selection by latest: (SoSe) April, 12, 2019
Please carefully read the Learning Agreement guidelines carefully for more information on how to fill in the Agreement and how to submit it. It also contains the submission deadlines.
In our presentation "Erasmus+ exams" on Tuesday, 4 June 2019 and Thursday, 6 June 2019 we will provide you with detailed information on:
- how (and when) to register for the exams
- how to receive your grades
- how to repeat an exam
Participation on ONE of the presentations is therefore obligatory.
In general: Exchange students write their exams with the ITMK students in the official exam period. Taking exams is only possible during the official exam periods and no exceptions can be made. There are two official exam periods at the ITMK:
- At the end of the winter term and
- At the end of the summer term
The official timetable will be published in the so called "Prüfungsplan" at the ITMK website. You will then be able to make your individual exam timetable.
Please note: Exchange students cannot register online for exams. Instead, you have to inform your lecturers personally should you want to sit an exam. Please inform them in time, so they can consider you in their preparation for the exam.
Good luck with your exams!