Universität zu Köln: Cologne

Undergraduate Global Immersion in Germany

Fall semester: October 1, 2015 - February 12, 2016

Spring semester: April1, 2016 - July 22, 2016

Note that the German language crash course begins the month prior to each semester.

When selecting a semester exchange program, students should take note of academic calendars that differ significantly from the University of Minnesota. Consider potential conflicts such as holidays, family events, graduation ceremonies, and summer jobs/internships early in the selection process.

Work with Education Abroad Advisers and the Carlson Business Career Center for support addressing challenges.

*Fall semester exchange students are eligible for the Early Leaver program which accommodates a December departure.

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

This is a semester exchange program, where students take classes (in English or German) directly at a partner university and substitute that semester for a semester at the University of Minnesota. The partner university will send one of their students to the Carlson School of Management to take classes in their place.
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. Examples of differences that exchange students should be prepared to encounter include varying housing options, the amount and timing of program details, grading based less on assignments and more on final exams, and an academic calendar that may differ significantly from the University of Minnesota.

Application and Admissions

To apply, please visit 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 2015 and Spring 2016 is February 1, 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.


To be eligible for this education abroad program, you must be:

  • A University of Minnesota student who has successfully completed the I-Core curriculum or equivalent coursework
  • In good academic standing with a 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

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.

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 Consulate.​

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad. University of Minnesota students are eligible for education abroad scholarships. See Costs & Billing for additional information on financial aid and scholarships.

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

Cost table

Estimated Expenses 2014-2015
Carlson School Tuition (charged to UMN student account)$7029
Program Fee (charged to UMN student account)$2500
Transportation (to and from program site)$1400
Documentation (passport, visa, immunization) $92
Books and Materials $200
Room and/or Board$4300
Essential Daily Living Expenses $1500
Miscellaneous $500
Global Identity Course - strongly recommended (charged to UMN student account)$200

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