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Innovative Teaching Schemes and Structures

With its approximately 50,000 students, the University of Cologne (UoC) is one of Germany’s largest universities. In the area of teacher education as well as the development of a strategy for its future development, it occupies a leading position. This is underlined, among other things, by the ZuS project - Zukunftsstrategie LehrerInnenbildung (A Future Strategy for Teacher Education), which is being funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. 

What characterizes the UoC above all is its mission to safeguard and foster diversity while at the same time guaranteeing quality and equal opportunities. This means that our (prospective) students enjoy individual and needs-based advice and support throughout the entire student life cycle – from choosing the (right) degree programme to a smooth start at our University and ultimately to the successful completion of their studies. 

Our goal is to introduce our students to academic work at an early stage and encourage them to develop their own individual profile. Research-based and practice-oriented course components as well as the free-choice Studium Integrale elective courses are the ideal way to do so.

We place the same ambitious demand on our students as well as our faculty that they contribute to the continuous shaping and further development of studies and teaching at the UoC in a discursive and active way, this way assuming co-responsibility for the educational process (not just) at the University.

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What the University of Cologne offers its students: