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XMAS with the CGSP

Foto: Frank Hasenstab / Judith Berns

 

We would like to invite all students and teachers of the CGSP to our Christmas get-together on December 20th! 

Looking foward to your registration via cgsp(at)verw-uni-koeln.de

 

 

CGSP get-together on Nov. 21st, 6pm

Joining cultures – outside the classroom!

Mexico, Germany, Japan, Brazil, China and the USA chatting it up at Hellers Brauhaus!

Our table must´ve been one of the loudest among the pub as all conversations were accompanied with many laughs creating a fun atmosphere throughout the evening. Sharing experiences from stays abroad, on everyones first weeks in Cologne and on different foreign customs everyone has made his/her encounters with. If it hadn´t been for early classes the next morning, chats easily could´ve lastest a few hours more. 

 

 

Study Trip BRUSSELS - November 10th, 2017

For this semesters study trip we took the students of the Cologne Global Study Program to the Belgium capital Brussels.

After an early rise, we left Cologne via train and started our day in Brussels with a small stroll through the European quarter passing several European parliaments´ buildings, before arriving at the House of European History.

The official opening of the House of European History was about five months ago, after several years of renovations and preparations. Besides hosting a phenomenal exhibition, it also offers some quite impressive architectural features. Overviewing the Park Leopold, the museum is located in the historical Eastman building. Built in 1935, it was a dental clinic to begin with, yet over time it was a public clinic, a learning facility and a retirement home as well. Having served the city and society for so many years, it seems quite appropriate, that while displaying European history these days, the buildings´ spirit – namely being a place for all people - is kept alive.

Visiting the museum itself is a very impressive experience and, I dare to assume, not only for a person holding a major interest in historical subjects. Each visitor is equipped with a tablet that can be set to any of the 24 EU official languages. Depending on previous knowledge and personal interests you can design your own tour, as the tablet will adjust itself to the persons´ specific position. With a focus on Europe as an entity, instead of examining nation by nation, visitors are lead through several centuries in such an engaging way, it may as well let you lose track of time.  

By the time we left the museum, our minds were well nourished, yet our stomachs called for input. Being in Belgium, we did not want to deprive the students of a taste of the famous Belgian fries. Madame Antoinette handled the 33 person order quite well, and, quick enough, everyone set off to follow his or her own plans for the afternoon.

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Student voices

Jaquelin Alonso

Foto: Jaquelin Alonso

Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico
Ms. Alonso was CGSP participant during the winter term 2017/18 and the summer term 2018 and shared her thoughts and experiences about the program and her stay here in Cologne.

Hello, my name is Jaquelin Alonso. I am 22 years old and come from Guadalajara, Mexico.

I have chosen the University of Cologne (UoC) for a study abroad because at my university in Mexico we receive a lot of students from Cologne and they told me about the interculturality of the city and that it is a nice spot for students.

I was interested in learning German and therefore the UoC, as it has a partnership agreement with my home university, was the best option for me to come here.

When I got accepted at the UoC I was told that I had two options, to study either at the Faculty for Management, Economics and Social Sciences or to participate in the Cologne Global Study Program (CGSP). I preferred the CGSP because of its diverse focuses, such as history, economics and culture. In Mexico I study international relations, thus the wide range and diversity of the courses offered by the CGSP seemed to complement my studies in a profitable way.

One of my favorite classes was Comparative Environmental Law, which consisted of many interesting academic main focuses. There were also offered classes on the cold war and the division of Germany in the context of the political division of the world. I had class-mates from many other countries, as for example from Latin-America, China and also from Germany. This fact gave the opportunity to complement the classes in matters of opinions and positions.

I also liked the excursions offered by the CGSP, for example the trip to the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium.  The other excursion I liked was the trip to Bonn to the United Nations. It was great to gain the possibility to go there and to link the content of the lectures with the excursions. We also have seen the historical places, where Helmut Kohl and Angela Merkel started their political career. The excursions were great to establish social relations to the other students as well as to the lecturers. The lecturers stressed the participation of all students, no matter from which culture they came from. There were quiet and shy students, but the CGSP-lecturers were interested in tearing down those psychological barriers.

The team which is working for the CGSP is very frank and helps you with everything regarding the stay and study in Cologne. The team always brings along a possibility to fix everything, even if you think that everything is going to be chaotic.

When I arrived to Cologne, little by little I started to meet people and to find friends. The people in the streets are always concerned with helping you, even if you do not speak well German. My course schedule allowed to travel and to see a lot of different parts of Germany, besides of Cologne.

The wintertime was really nice. There were many little Christmas markets and people drinking “Glühwein” all over the town. In comparison to other German cities, Cologne is very open-minded and intercultural. People from Cologne try to integrate you into society and you do not feel excluded. The Germans may be more reserved, but in my experience they were really friendly and tried to help me in every situation.

A big advantage is the student semester ticket which permits you to use the entire public transport services within North Rhine-Westphalia. You can go to see the castles in Düsseldorf, in Brühl and in Bonn, for example. You can travel to the Belgian and the Dutch frontier without supplementary payment.

All in all the CGSP is a good program where you gain introductory knowledge about Europe in various fields, for example European politics or European history. Depending on the courses you chose. I had the impression that the other students, although they might have courses of study which are not strongly connected to the CGSP, really enjoyed this program. If you succeed in the CGSP you get a special certificate in the end which proves that you gained basic knowledge in contemporary European studies .

 

 

 

 

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Previous Study Trips
 

Core Course Excursion to Bonn (July 17)

Mr. Haas, teacher of one of the core courses during the summer semester 2017, had organized a study trip to the former German capital, Bonn. The trip included visits to the The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the NGO "Engagement Global gGmbh" and a tour of the UN Campus. 

Following you will find some words by Mr. Haas, giving some insight into the trip (only in German).

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Brussels, Belgium (May 2017)

 
Our summer term study trip took us to the capital of Belgium, to Brussels.

The morning was spent at the EU commission, where we enjoyed the privilege of an exclusive presentation on the works of the commission. We received detailed insight and a lot of first hand information. While the morning was had a bit of an academic focus, the afternoon was to spend individually. Many took the advantage to join us to have the famous Belgian fries for lunch, before heading out to visit the many sights of the city afterwards. 

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  • Foto: Judith Berns
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  • Foto: EU Commission
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  • Foto: Judith Berns
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  • Foto: Judith Berns
  • Foto: Judith Berns
  • Foto: Judith Berns
  • Foto: Judith Berns
  • Foto: Judith Berns
  • Foto: Judith Berns
  • Foto: Judith Berns

 

Frankfurt (am Main), October 2016

 
The destination for our field trip during the WS 2016/2017 was Frankfurt. Frankfurt is one of Germany´s major cities and offers various reasons for a visit. Besides counting many historical landmarks and numerous cultural events, the city along the river Main is also the financial hub of Germany. Numerous national and international banks, the European Central Bank, and the German stock exchange are located in this metropole.

Our program was fortunate to be invited to participate in an exclusive roundtable discussion with Jens Weidmann, Bundesbank President, and Klaas Knot, President of de Nederlandsche Bank. The event was scheduled to take place at the Frankfurt Book Fair. The Netherlands and Flanders were that year´s Guest of Honor. Around 60 international students, all having a focus on European Studies, enjoyed a lively and enthusiastic discussion along the main questions "What does the euro mean to you and the people of Europe? What does the future hold for our single currency?".  

In addition to this event, we did not miss the opportunity to take a stroll along the downtown streets of Frankfurt. Famous sites and points of interests were presented by the director of the program, Dr. Johannes Müller, who is not only Frankfurt native, but obtained his PhD in the field of German history.

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  • Foto: Judith Berns
  • Foto: Judith Berns
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  • Foto: Johannes Müller
  • Foto: Judith Berns
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  • Foto: Johannes Müller
  • Foto: Bert Bostelmann
  • Foto: Bert Bostelmann
  • Foto: Bert Bostelmann
  • Foto: Bert Bostelmann