skip to content

Faculty of InternationalSample Institute

Prospective Doctoral Students

Information for international graduates interested in earning a doctorate in Cologne

The University of Cologne offers numerous opportunities to obtain a doctorate: in structured programmes, in the traditional German individual doctorate under supervision as well as in cooperation with non-university research institutions.

"German PhDs have an excellent reputation and are internationally recognised."

Structured vs. individual PhD


Range of Studies

Browse through or Doctoral Programmes Guides to learn about the possibilities at the University of Cologne or contact the faculties directly:



Application, Admission and Enrolment




Your Contact Persons at the International Office:

Application, Admission, Enrolment and Counselling

Katharina Daun-Pignataro & Benjamin Chardey
phone: +49-221-470-1392
e-mail: international-doctoral-students(at)


From Tuesday, April 3, 2018 on we change our personal consultation hours:

---new consultation hours (without registration!)---

Tuesday: 10 am - 12.30 pm

Wednesday: 4 - 6 pm

or by individual appointment:

Office hours:

Tuesday & Thursday: 10 am - 12.30 pm – access over the Service Point of the International Office

In room 0.201 im SSC (Student Service Center) ground-floor



Organise your stay in Cologne

Services and Information for International Doctoral Students

Academic Offers for International doctorale Candidates

Academic Offers for International doctorale Candidates

For more information, please click here

PhD and Project Management

PhD and Project Management

Registration deadline: Jan 3, 2018 !For more information, please click here

See more