Universität zu Köln: Cologne

Undergraduate Global Immersion in Germany

Program Dates: 

The academic calendar at Cologne will differ from the University of Minnesota and all exchange students are expected to be at their host campus on the first day of orientation and through the last day of final exams.

Fall Semester 2016:

1 October - 10 February*

*Short term ends 16 December if agreed upon with home university.

Spring Semester 2017:

1 April - 28 July

Cologne, Germany

Universitat zu Koln

Universitat zu Koln

Students Studying

Students Studying

Classroom in Cologne

Classroom in Cologne

Greenspace in Cologne

Greenspace in Cologne

Greenspace in Cologne

Greenspace in Cologne

Students in Cologne

Students in Cologne

Location details

  • Cologne is a multicultural and dynamic city with more than 1 million inhabitants. It is also an important trade fair and business location. 
  • Cologne is famous for its Gothic cathedral as well as the great variety of churches, theatres, art exhibitions, and many parks, bars, and clubs. 
  • The Faculty of Management, Economics, and Social Sciences enjoys an excellent reupation in application-oriented research and is regarded as a top German institution in their field.


  • The University of Cologne's International Relations Centre Housing will assist students in finding accommodations in private apartments or rooms in residence halls. Arrangements are made prior to arrival in Cologne for the semester.
  • Rooms vary from single flats and shared flats to furnished and unfurnished rooms. 

Academics and credits

  • Students on exchange programs take a full semester courseload at their host university (13-18 UMN credits/semester).
  • Courses transfer back as S/N on UMN transcript.
  • A typical course load is usually 5-6 courses per term (30 ECTS). Each course is two classroom hours per week, many with additional hours of tutorials. 
  • Business courses taught in English and German are available to exchange students.
  • A pre-semester Intensive German Language Course is optional for exchange students as well as German language courses offered throughout the semester. 
  • Students participating in CGI semester exchange programs are strongly encouraged to enroll in the 1-credit Global Identity course for business students. This course helps you to develop your intercultural skills and articulate the value of your experience to future employers. It offers an additional layer of support through one-on-one interactions with your instructor that complements the independent structure of the exchange program.
  • For information about specific courses available to exchange students please meet with an adviser.


  • No host country language skills required
  • UMN student who has successfully completed the I-Core curriculum or equivalent coursework
  • Preference is given to Carlson School of Management students
  • Preferred minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Additional criteria may apply
  • The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation

Visa and Passport

  • All Carlson students are responsible for obtaining a passport before they participate on a study abroad program
  • All students participating on an exchange program will be responsible for obtaining a visa or residence permit if requried by their host country.  The Carlson Global Institute does not process visa applications for students participating on exchange programs
  • The Carlson Global Institute and the host university will provide resources for visa and residence permit applications if necessary, but students will need to work with the consulate and/or visa processing company directly as well
  • Visa and passport requirements are always subject to change by the host country and students are expected to check with the consulate for up-to-date information

What is a Business Exchange Program?

  • Successful exchange students demonstrate a high degree of independence, adaptability, and flexibility because support and services will be different from a US university
  • You are enrolled as an exchange student at a host university and take business courses in English
  • You take courses with students from the host university as well as other exchange students from around the world
  • You attend the host university according to their term dates which differ from the University of Minnesota
  • A small group of Carlson students are selected to study at each partner university per semester and are fully immersed in another country, culture, and education system
  • You will work closely with both Carlson School advisers and advisers from the host university for support pre-departure and during your semester abroad

Application and Admissions

To apply for an exchange program you must first apply through the Carlson Global Institute on the Apply page. You will be charged a $50 application fee for each term that you apply for a program. If you apply for two programs in Fall semester you will be charged $50. If you apply for one program in Fall semester and one in Spring semester you will be charged $100. The priority deadline for Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 is February 1, 2016. Applications for Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 will open on September 8th, 2015. Applications for programs that do not fill by the priority deadline will be accepted on a rolling basis until full. Applications will be reviewed and students will be informed of their status within 6 weeks of the priority deadline.  Once accepted into an exchange program, you will also complete an application to the host university.  

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad. University of Minnesota students are eligible for education abroad scholarships. Please visit "Financial Aid" and "Scholarships" for more information.

Cost estimate (Summary)

These estimates will vary based on student preference and exchange rates. All details subject to change based on economic and international factors. Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad programs. Students should also maintain their U.S.-based health insurance plan while abroad. Visa and passport costs are subject to change. Please verify current documentation costs with the host country consulate. The Program Fee includes program administration costs, maintaining student status at the UMN for the exchange semester, and international travel, health and security insurance.


Carlson School Tuition costs based on 2015-16 rates for MN residents registered for 13+ credits.  The Carlson School tuition rates for 2016-17 will be released in summer 2016 and the website will be updated at that time. These estimated costs can be found in the cost table below.

Cost table

Estimated Expenses 2016-2017
Carlson School Tuition (charged to UMN student account)$7,029
Program Fee (charged to UMN student account)$2,500
Transportation (to and from program site)$1,400
Documentation (passport, visa, immunization) $210
Books and Materials $200
Room and/or Board$4,300
Essential Daily Living Expenses $1,500
Miscellaneous $500
Global Identity Course - strongly recommended (charged to UMN student account)$200

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