Universität zu Köln: Cologne

Undergraduate Global Immersion in Germany

Space available for Spring 2016!

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 2015:

1 October, 2015 - 12 February 2016

Spring Semester 2016:

1 April - 22 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 located on an ancient trade route along and has thus been an international city for centuries. Indeed, 20% of the city’s current populace is non-German born. It’s the European headquarters of Ford Motor Company and the German headquarters for numerous international firms like Sony and Sara Lee. Located in the heart of the European Union, Cologne is also a massive transport hub serving major airlines and students have ready access to all of Europe.

The University of Cologne, in addition to being ranked among top European business educators, is rooted in a wide and rewarding international network. As a member of globally renowned networks and contributes to many innovative models of inter-university cooperation, the university has close ties to the international corporate community. Many of the faculty are leaders in their fields of expertise, and the International Relations Centre is a body for development in international business.


  • 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 are enrolled in 15 S/N Carlson School International Business (IBUS 5200) credits at the University of Minnesota during the semester they are abroad. Students will take a full course load (13-18 UMN credits per semester) at the host universitiy. Business courses taught in English are available for exchange students. Students take at least five courses to meet minimum requirements and choose their schedule from the full course offering in management, economics and social sciences.

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.

Incoming exchange students are offered a four week German language crash course prior to the start of each semester at no additional cost and can choose to include a German language course in their semester schedule. Exchange students may study in German and/or English.

Qualified Carlson School seniors enjoy rare access to elite graduate level courses abroad at the University of Cologne. Students enroll in the International Business & Politics Program for a semester and choose from a diverse set of topics. Broad topic areas of Management and Economics offer many interesting courses. A select few examples include:

  • Designing Virtual Corporations
  • Strategic Human Resource Management
  • State Collapse & International Business in War Economies
  • Global Business Strategy


  • 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?

  • Exchange students are enrolled at a partner university in their host country and take business courses in English
  • Exchange students take courses with students from the host university as well as other exchange students from around the world
  • Exchange students attend their host university according to their term dates which differ from the University of Minnesota
  • Exchanges often require students to demonstrate a high degree of independence, adaptability, and flexibility because support and service may be different from a US university.
  • Semester exchange programs are best suited for a student who would like to be fully immersed in another city, educational, and country culture.
  • Exchange programs are small and only a few Carlson students will study at each partner university each semester.
  • There are no Carlson staff members on-site at the partner universities

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.

Cost table

Estimated Expenses 2014-2015
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) $92
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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