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Contact & Service


Personal consultations by appointment only. Please use the below contact details.


Please direct all questions to our International Office

Carola Janda

  • Campus Südstadt
    Claudiusstraße 1
    50678 Köln
  • Room A1.54
  • Phone: +49 221-8275-3835

International Student Advising, German and English

Welcome to TH Köln

Information for refugees

Applying at TH Köln
If you are interested in studying at TH Köln there are two main prerequisites you need to fulfill in order to successfully apply.

  • Your secondary school or university diploma needs to qualify you to study in Germany. You can check this at , a German database with information regarding university entrance qualifications. In case you have a university diploma, your university has to be accredited. If your diploma does not directly qualify you to attend a German university, you may be able to apply for the Cologne Prep Class  if certain conditions are met.
  • If you are applying for a program taught in German, you need have a minimum German level of C1 by the time of application. In case you apply with a C1 level certificate and are successfully admitted to the university, you will need to pass the DSH 2 exam (German language examination for university admission) in order to enroll. For programs taught in English you will need to provide prove of the respective English level that is required.

Admission for applicants from refugee backgrounds

If you have taken refuge in Germany and would like to study at TH Köln, the International Office will advise you on the application requirements and process. You can contact us by telephone, email or visit us in person during our office hours. You can find the contact details in the column on the left of this website. For a personal consultation, please arrange for an appointment.

Applicants have to apply through uni-assist. Please regard the respective application deadlines for international non-EU applicants for each program. Applicants who can prove their refugee status may apply without having to pay the uni-assist service fee. For more information regarding this please contact the International Office.

Case-by-case review
In case you have lost individual documents or certificates when you were forced to flee your home country, a case-by-case review will check if and under what conditions it is possible for you to apply at TH Köln.

You can find all information regarding admission requirements, the application process and deadlines by choosing the Programs you are interested in and clicking on “Bewerbung” or “How to apply”.

Lernsitiuation, auf dem Tisch ein Wörterbuch  (Image: Costa Belibasakis/FH Köln)

German language courses

A prerequisite for acceptance into German-taught programs is the ability to demonstrate a sufficient command of the German language. Our language center offers language courses in “German as a foreign language” and a preparatory German language course for the German language examination for university entrance (DSH).

About TH Köln – University of Applied Sciences

TH Köln – University of Applied Sciences is one of the most innovative universities of its kind in Germany with a strong focus on research. We offer more than 90 Bachelor’s and Master’s programs in the natural, social, cultural, societal and engineering sciences. This wide range of subject areas offers our students numerous opportunities to work together in an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary environment.

TH Köln is an international and diverse university. Of the approx. 24,000 students enrolled in our institution, 3,900 are international students from 136 countries. Some of the modules in our Bachelor’s programs are taught in English; in addition, some of our Master’s programs are completely in English. We are convinced that the development of scientific knowledge and intercultural skills is greatly enhanced through cultural exchange. The TH Köln therefore sees the growing diversity and internationality of its student body as an enrichment which it actively promotes.

Universities for openness, tolerance and against xenophobia

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