Information for coordinators

The Cologne WiSo Faculty is happy to host exchange students from the Faculty's partner universities and to give them comprehensive support. This section provides exchange coordinators with a brief overview of important information about an exchange term. For details regarding the WiSo Faculty's summer school offer please visit the Summer schools in Cologne section.

Nomination

Nomination

Students of the Faculty's partner universities need to be nominated by the international offices of their home institutions for an exchange stay at the WiSo Faculty.

Nomination process:
Coordinators need to send an email to incomings(at)wiso.uni-koeln.de indicating the following details for each student:
Name, gender, nationality, email address, study level and – if known – subject area

The ZIB WiSo incoming students team will contact the nominated student(s) directly by email (with the coordinator copied in) and inform them about how to prepare for their studies at the WiSo Faculty in Cologne.

Please note that the language requirements for incoming students are: CEFR level B2 in English or German, no certificate required

Nomination deadlines:
Fall term – 1 May
Spring term – 1 November

The WiSo Faculty's summer schools all have specific deadlines which can be found on the programmes' respective websites.

Application deadlines (submission of admission documents by incoming student):
Fall term – 15 May
Spring term – 15 November


Course offer for incoming students

Course offer for incoming students

The 'Course offer for incoming students' (in the download section on the right) is an overview of all courses available to incoming students at the WiSo Faculty for each term. Most of the courses are held in English, some are held in German.

Usually, course lists are published in July for the fall term and in January for the spring term. Until the list for the exchange term is available, the previous year's term lists can be used for planning, as most of the courses are recurrently offered according to the same term cycle. Please note that there might be time overlaps between courses.

In addition, incoming students can attend German language courses before the beginning of the term and during the term. Participation in these courses is free of charge for incoming students, places are limited. 

Module catalogue
Courses at the WiSo Faculty are structured within modules. The bachelor’s and master’s module catalogues give a more general overview of the Faculty's full course offer and provide detailed module descriptions. Please note that incoming students may only select courses listed in the ‘Course offer for incoming students’ (see list on the right). Information about ECTS and workload might differ for incoming students, for correct details please refer to the ‘Course offer for incoming students’.

Academic calendar

Academic calendar

General dates

Fall term
Regular term: Beginning of October – end of February (including examination period)
Short term/'early leaver': Beginning of October – mid-December (including examination period)
Pre-semester German language course: September

All English-taught courses from the 'Course offer for incoming students' have an 'early leaver' option. This means guest students can finish their exchange term by 16 December. Students will need to complete additional assignments to receive full credits for all courses.

Spring term
Beginning of April – end of July (including examination period)
Pre-semester German language course: March

Exact semester dates, a comprehensive summary of the most important deadlines as well as dates for CEMS students can be found in the semester schedule on the right.

General Dates

Fall term
Regular term: Beginning of October – end of February (including examination period)
Short term/'early leaver': Beginning of October – mid-December (including examination period)
Pre-semester German language course: September

All English-taught courses of the Incomings Programme have an 'early leaver' option. This means guest students can finish their exchange term by 16 December. Students will need to complete additional assignments to receive full credits for all courses.

Spring term
Beginning of April – end of July (including examination period)
Pre-semester German language course: March

Exact semester dates, a comprehensive summary of the most important deadlines as well as dates for CEMS students can be found in the semester schedule on the right.

General Dates

Fall term
Regular term: Beginning of October – end of February (including examination period)
Short term/'early leaver': Beginning of October – mid-December (including examination period)
Pre-semester German language course: September

All English-taught courses of the Incomings Programme have an 'early leaver' option. This means guest students can finish their exchange term by 16 December. Students will need to complete additional assignments to receive full credits for all courses.

Spring term
Beginning of April – end of July (including examination period)
Pre-semester German language course: March

Exact semester dates, a comprehensive summary of the most important deadlines as well as dates for CEMS students can be found in the semester schedule on the right.

General Dates

Fall term
Regular term: Beginning of October – end of February (including examination period)
Short term/'early leaver': Beginning of October – mid-December (including examination period)
Pre-semester German language course: September

All English-taught courses of the Incomings Programme have an 'early leaver' option. This means guest students can finish their exchange term by 16 December. Students will need to complete additional assignments to receive full credits for all courses.

Spring term
Beginning of April – end of July (including examination period)
Pre-semester German language course: March

Exact semester dates, a comprehensive summary of the most important deadlines as well as dates for CEMS students can be found in the semester schedule on the right.

Workload

Workload

A full semester workload should comprise 30 ECTS credits, equivalent to 5-6 successfully completed courses. One credit point in the Cologne system is equivalent to one ECTS credit point and corresponds to a total of 30 working hours. The home university's provisions governing the required workload take precedence, if different.

Transcript and grading scale

Transcript and grading scale

The ZIB WiSo office issues a transcript of records documenting an exchange student's performance for all courses taken at the University of Cologne.

This transcript will then be sent to both the student and the international office of the home institution. Official transcripts are generally sent electronically as a PDF, rather than in hard copy form. The information provided is equivalent to the information on our paper transcripts. On request, provisional transcripts can be furnished at any time.

After receiving all grades from the lecturers, the ZIB WiSo office issues a transcript of records documenting the exchange student’s performance in all courses taken at the University of Cologne. This transcript will then be sent to both the student and the international office of the home institution.

Official transcripts are generally sent electronically as a PDF, rather than in hard copy form. The information provided is equivalent to the information on our paper transcripts. On request, provisional transcripts can be furnished at any time.

Grades are, as a rule, published up to two to three months after a written exam (oral exam results are announced immediately).