Business English

'Business English' and 'English for the Social Sciences'

The Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences (WiSo Faculty) offers subject-specific language courses in cooperation with the Englisches Institut Köln in 'Business English' and 'English for the Social Sciences'.

The English courses are open to all Bachelor and Master students of the WiSo Faculty as well as to students of the study programmes in which the WiSo Faculty is involved in (BA/MA Media Studies and Regional Studies).

The English course is worth 6 credit points. Bachelor students of most study programmes of the WiSo Faculty (except students of business education [Lehramt BK1]) have the possibility to get the credits recognised within the module Studium Integrale, given that it has not yet been completed.

Registration for the spring 2017 term has started. To register for the placement test please click  here.


The language courses take place once a week and typically start in the first week of the lecture period of the semester. The time slots are as follows:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday: 2-5 pm or 6-9 pm.

The courses are made up of 12 sessions where the last session is reserved for the final test. There are no sessions taking place during semester breaks or on bank holidays.

The courses take place in rooms of the University of Cologne or at the  Englisches Institut Köln.

An overview of the timetable and rooms of the current semester will be published on the right hand side of this page: see 'Semester Schedule'. The exact timetable for the upcoming semester will be finalised after all students have taken the placement test.

Registration and placement test

Before being admitted to a course, it is necessary to register for a placement test to evaluate your current English language proficiency, both spoken and written. The registration for the placement test counts as the registration for the course.

The test takes approximately one hour and will be conducted at the Englisches Institut Köln (Gertrudenstr. 24-28, 50667 Cologne).

Registration for the spring term opens in January; registration for the fall term opens in June. The registration period ends as soon as all available places have been allocated. Please note that registration for the spring 2017 term is open.

Places are limited and allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. After successful registration on ILIAS, you will receive a confirmation email.

Once all available places have been allocated, you can put your name on a waiting list and will be automatically informed in case some of your fellow students choose to withdraw from the course.

If you are registered for a language course but need to withdraw, please send an email to us as soon as possible.

Please note:

  • Students who have already taken the placement test in a previous semester do not need to retake the test. If this is the case, please register in the "Students who have taken a Placement Test in Previous Semesters" group.
  • Students who have one of the following certificates do not need to take the placement test: Cambridge, TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS, FILTERtest. In this case, please register in the "Students with a Valid Certificate" group in the ILIAS course and send an additional e-mail with a scan of your certificate.
  • In case you fail the course, you will not receive any minus points (Maluspunkte). However, you will not be able to retake the course and - in case it applies - you will not receive any credit points towards the ‘Studium Integrale’.
  • The course ‘English for the Social Sciences’ only takes place if a sufficient number of students have registered for the course. Otherwise students who opted for this course will be placed in one of the ‘Business English’ courses.

Course description

The course aims to improving your communication skills in a business environment. It includes discussions, oral presentations and written tasks relating to business and, depending on the learner level, grammar training. During class you will regularly work in small groups and receive individual feedback from the teacher. You will be required to prepare for class and revise each session; the total workload amounts to about 6 hours per week. In order to pass the course, students must attend at least 9 out of the 12 sessions.

The course structure and its learning objectives are aligned with the ‘Common European Framework of Reference for Languages’ (CEFR), a guideline used to describe the achievements of learners of foreign languages across Europe.

The levels defined by the CEFR are as follows:

A1: Beginner
A2: Elementary / Pre-intermediate
B1: Intermediate
B2: Upper-intermediate
C1: Advanced Intermediate


In case of any questions, please contact us by email.

Email:  wirtschaftsenglisch(at)







Registration for the spring 2017 term has started. To register for the placement test please click  here.