Founded in 1388, the University of Cologne is the second oldest German university. Our heritage goes hand in hand with a thoroughly modern outlook and a compelling and ambitious agenda in higher education.
The University of Cologne is one of the leading German research universities with an increasing international reach. In 2012 we won substantial funding in the German Excellence Initiative and were one of eleven German Excellence Universities. According to the Times Higher Education World University Ranking 2022 we are among the top 180 universities in the world.
The University of Cologne closely cooperates with Cologne University Hospital, several institutes of the Max Planck Society and Helmholtz Association and has four Clusters of Excellence, offering outstanding research contidions to more than 7500 doctoral researchers.
We have more than 50,000 students (11% international students) enrolled in the 330+ degree programs (BA and MA) and 47 graduate schools of our six faculties: Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Faculty of Human Sciences.
The University of Cologne is set on a large urban campus in the heart of the lively and thriving city of Cologne. The surrounding Rhineland is one of Europe’s most developed economic regions. Open, friendly and with an international outlook, Cologne is a great place to live, work and study and to easily feel at home.