Studierende sitzen im Innenhof eines Gebäudes am Campus Südstadt  (Image: FH Köln / Costa Belibasakis)


As a multicultural metropolis, Cologne has a lot to offer when it comes to spending your leisure time: Cultural and sporting events, myriad restaurants, a multi-faceted nightlife and lots more. The surroundings of Cologne (the "Bergisches Land"; the "Eifel"; the "Siebengebirge") also have a lot to offer.

Semester program of the Department of International Affairs

The Department of International Affairs offers cultural events for international and Germans students each semester. Among these events are a four-day semester trip, a city tour, excursions into the surroundings, ice-skating, rafting, and much more. Feel free to grab a print version of the current semester calendar in the Department of International Affairs on your campus or check our website for more details.

Staying Connected

The Department of International Affairs offers you a variety of programs to meet other students.

The KARIBU Buddy Program helps create partnerships between students of TH Köln and international students who are about to begin their stay at our university.

The Pamoja Buddy Program connects refugees who want to study at TH Köln with students of the university. It supports refugees in getting to know the university and students of TH Köln.

The TANDEM program of the University of Cologne is aimed at all students of Cologne universities who wish to learn, develop or pass on a new language or existing foreign language skills. The focus is on learning a language together - in mutual exchange, freely and creatively.


Students who would like to take a break from their books and be active will find plenty of activities in the sports program offered by Cologne’s universities.

Hochschulsport Köln offers a great variety of mostly free-of-charge sporting activities for all students. To participate, you will simply need to present your valid student-ID card for most courses; for some courses, you will need to sign up prior to the beginning of the course or pay a participation fee.

The UniSport Köln is the university sport of the University of Cologne and of the German Sport University of Cologne (DSHS). For participating in the programme of the UniSport a Sport Card is required, which costs 15 €. Single courses liable for costs (e. g. , tennis, climbing, golf, Pilates, etc. ) can be booked without a Sport Card directly. Sport Cards for the current semester even entitle you to attend courses during semester holidays.

Cultural and Recreational Activities

In light of the manifold cultural and recreational activities in Cologne, you are presented with endless options of spending your leisure time. Renowned museums and theaters, musicals and concerts by famous artists, international art exhibitions and sporting events: Cologne caters to everybody’s needs. We have listed selected websites – some of which are available in German only – for you, giving you a first insight into what to do while you are in Cologne:

Current events
Cinema, art, literature, theater and music
Culture and nightlife
Cafés, bars and restaurants
Sport Events

Football: 1. FC Köln

Football: Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Ice-Hockey: Kölner Haie

Handball: VfL Gummersbach

Köln Marathon