photo of Cologne, Germany

University of Applied Sciences, Cologne

Dates | Costs | Location I Courses I Language | Eligibility
Housing and Meals | Application | Visa

Students will study at the University of Applied Sciences, Cologne (CUAS). CUAS has three locations: The Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum (Humanities Centre) in the south of Cologne, the Ingenieurwissenschaftliches Zentrum (Engineering Sciences Centre) in Cologne-Deutz and Campus Gummersbach, approx. 50 km from Cologne.Students can study German from the beginner to advanced levels. Additionally, students can study business and economics courses in English.

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Fall Application Deadline: March 12
Fall Semester: October-February

Spring Application Deadline: October 1
Spring Semester: April - July

Students cannot study for fall only semester due to German academic calendar. Students must apply for academic year abroad or spring only.


Students participating in exchange will pay tuition and fees to UNC. They will pay all other expenses in the host country. The budget given in US dollars is an estimate and is subject to change dependent on exchange rates. Tuition and fees estimates below are based on in-state residency rates with COF. Students will be billed at their current tuition rate.

Average living costs in Cologne can be seen here.

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All costs are estimated based on a five-month semester.

Program Fees (billed through UNC account)

Tuition and Fees


International Health Insurance


Study Abroad/Exchange Admin Fee


TOTAL Program Fee



Estimated Additional Expenses (not billed to student account)





Fees paid to UAS (public transport ticket)


Passport/Visa/Required Documents/Photos/Immunizations


In-country Health Insurance


Texts/Course Materials


Essential Daily Living Expenses


TOTAL Estimated Additional Expenses (without spending money)


Additional Spending Money & Personal Travel
 (not included in financial aid calculation)

$1,000 – $2,500

The above estimated total expenses are used to help plan and prepare for the program, as well as calculate eligibility for financial aid.  Not all students will incur all the expenses above.  Note that the last line is not considered a necessary expense and is not included in the total for financial aid purposes.  All amounts listed are estimates and are subject to change depending on international economic factors, past participant reports, and on-site staff reports.  Student expenditures in-country depends greatly on personal spending habits, post- or during-program travel, and available funds.


Cologne (Köln in German) is an ancient city, founded in 38 BCE as a Roman outpost, and is now Germany's fourth largest city. Cologne is a major international center for art and culture. Cologne has 30 museums and hundreds of art galleries. It hosts the annual Art Cologne fair which is the world's oldest international art fair; Photokina, the largest photography trade show in the world, and the International Furniture Fair. The most famous building in Cologne is the Cologne Cathedral, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Cologne is famous for the many festivals it hosts every year. The Cologne Comedy Festival is the largest comedy festival in Europe, hosting comedians from all over Europe. The Reggae Superjam is one of Germany's largest annual music festivals. The annual Christopher Street Day Parade, celebrated the first Sunday of July, is one of the largest gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender pride events in Europe. But the most famous of Cologne's festivals is Karneval. Celebrated from 11:11 on November 11 until Ash Wednesday, Karneval is a season of celebrations culminating on Rosenmontag (the day before Mardi Gras) when the city is turned over to parades and revealers.

Located on the Rhine River, Cologne has been an important port city for over 1000 years. Today,the port of Cologne handles over 20 millions tons of cargo, as well as thousands of pass angers on pleasure cruises on the Rhine. The city is a manufacturing center noted for the manufacture of chemicals and automobiles. Ford, Toyota, and Renault all have factories in Cologne. Cologne is also known as the birthplace and namesake of eau de cologne. The Italian immigrant John Maria Farina developed eau de cologne in 1708, and named it after his adopted city.



You can find an up-to-date listing of all courses offered by UAS-Cologne departments here. In general, very good German language skills are required.  Coursework available in Science, Life Science, Business, Management, Economics, Social Work, and Art and Design.

For a list of Business and Economics courses offered in English, click here.

Language of Instruction

English and German

Eligibility and Availability

To apply, students must have at least a 2.5 GPA, and have at least intermediate advanced proficiency in German for most coursework. There is no limit on the number of UNC students who can participate.

Housing and Meals

Like the other universities in the city, Cologne University of Applied Sciences has limited space in the student dormitories. Rooms in student residences are assigned by the Studentenwerk, the central institution governing student services in Cologne. The Studentwerk has 86 buildings with some 4,600 rooms. There are apartments, suites for students with children, and handicapped-accessible housing.

Follow the English manual for how to apply to housing through Studentenwerk. For complete information on housing at UAS-Cologne, visit their accomodation website.


Students must first complete the UNC study abroad application and an additional application for UAS, which they should obtain from their Study Abroad Advisor.


Exchange students from non-EU countries require a residence permit to study in Germany. 

Students need to apply for a residence permit no later than two months before the expiration of their entry visa (if needed), or otherwise one month after arrival in the country. The international office in Oldenburg supports students with formalities concerning the Aliens’ Registration Office (Ausländerbüro), and organizes appointments for students. 

Once students receive their residence permit, they can work for 120 full days or 240 half days per year.