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The internationalization of degree programs, teaching and research has always been an integral part of the University of Cologne’s (UoC) identity.

Internationalization abroad

The international network of the University of Cologne is wide-reaching and well-established. It comprises 85 partners on university-level and about 500 faculty-level partnerships. About 1,500 Cologne students go abroad during their studies. 

As part of the Internationalization Strategy, the University has established Global Network Partnerships with internationally prestigious universities in order to further the internationalization of teaching and research on a broad level. The partnerships go beyond usual university agreements: they involve extensive cooperation projects in the domains of research, teaching and campus management. 

Additionally, the University of Cologne it currently maintains three international Liaison Offices in North America, China, and India. The Liaison Offices and the regional ambassadors not only support students and scholars on exchange, but also cultivate contacts with the existing partners and establish new cooperation activities. 

Internationalization at home

Currently, about 10% of the University’s students come from abroad. The international profile of the University is complemented by more than 350 international visiting scholars. The International Faculty Program makes the University a particularly attractive location for professors from abroad. The program allows for long-term cooperation of international scholars and enables them to be part of the teaching staff at Cologne campus throughout numerous phases of their research. The Welcome Center and the International Office support our international guests at all times during their stay at the University of Cologne.

As constituted in the Institutional Strategy, the University also pursues the goal to internationalize the administrative support structures of the University of Cologne. This is inevitable for a successful internationalization of research, degree programs, and teaching.