University of Cologne (henceforth, UoC) was erected by the citizens of Cologne in 1388 and its geographic location, lying in the centre of an urban area, provides a close connection to the rest of the city. The university is closely interconnected with local institutions and industries.
UoC was founded and funded by the city government and is supervised by the city council. In 1960, the federal state of North Rhine-West Phalia assumed full public sponsorship of the university. Similar to many other German universities, there are no tuition fees for undergraduate students.
UoC is famous for its strong collaboration with regional research institutions. Rhineland is a mega-urban region in the heart of Europe with highly developed research and economic areas, which enables close collaborations between the school and regional institutions. Researchers in the field of life sciences, physics and geosciences have found powerful research networks with renowned institutes in the region like the Max Planck Institutes of the Max Planck Society, a world-class research organization with a long history and 18 Nobel laureates.
UoC ranks 156th in The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-2016. Through a long-standing tradition, UoC has been consistently building the highest standards in research and education, providing students with an excellent academic environment. As a result, numerous renowned personalities are linked with UoC. UoC has many notable alumni from the last 70 years including Kurt Alder (Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1950), Peter Grünberg (Nobel Prize in Physics 2007), Heinrich Böll (Nobel Prize for Literature), Karl Carstens (president of the Federal Republic of Germany 1979–1984), Gustav Heinemann (president of the Federal Republic of Germany 1969–1974), Karolos Papoulias (former president of the Hellenic Republic), and Erich Gutenberg (founder of modern German business studies).
Campus Life at UoC
UoC is the one of the largest universities in Germany. As of 2015, UoC has 46,675 students enrolled with about 12 percent of them being international students. The University of Seoul(UOS) is one of the universities that UoC has established a partnership with for its international network. Among UOS exchange students, UoC has been praised for its excellent living conditions.
UoC has established associations that can provide support for international students. For Korean students, UoC has an association called “Koreanische Hochschulgruppe der Universität zu Köln (KHUK).” This group aims to build strong student networks among Koreans and also with German students. It has also been helping students from Korean universities partnering with UoC adjust to campus life. This association holds cultural events to help students become better acquainted with German culture and has hosted language tutoring programs between German and Korean students.
Cologne City - Places of Interest
Cologne has a long and established history of prosperity. Located on both sides of the Rhine River, the city’s geographical advantages helped to make it a major hub and one of the largest cities in the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region. The city has an impressive legacy of buildings and a lasting cultural influence. During World War II, Cologne was heavily bombed by allied forces, resulting in the destruction of almost the entire city and a reduction of the population by 95 percent.
Fortunately, Cologne has put an effort into restoring the city and its historic buildings while still respecting the old layout. Postwar rebuilding has been successful, creating a mixed and unique cityscape.
Cologne’s Old Town
Cologne had its most prosperous days during medieval times. Located along the Rhine, the Old Town, with its Cologne Cathedral, Romanesque churches and traditional old houses, still attracts visitors.
A world-famous carnival that takes place every year in Cologne. The carnival includes parades and stage shows alongside many autonomous events throughout the city’s bars, clubs and local communities.
The House of Fragrances 4711
Cologne has a renowned perfume brand, Eau de Cologne 4711, which has more than 200 years of history. Its scent has been loved for generations by the elite and famous. Some of its admirers included Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Ludwig van Beethoven and Emperor Napoleon I, who poured Eau de Cologne over his head and shoulders every morning.