English language skills / FILTERtest
Proof of sufficient English language skills is required for application to the Studies Abroad Programme (STAP). The following STAP application groups may submit their proof of English language skills with a FILTERtest result from the School of English and a minimum score of B2:
- STAP Bachelor, applicant group: all
- STAP Master, applicant group: STAP MA Political Sciences and STAP MSc Social Sciences
Individual universities may have specific requirements regarding English language skills. These are listed in the WEX International portal under 'Language requirements'.
For all other applicant groups, the English certificates listed in the 'STAP Master Application Manual' (see right-hand side of this page) apply.
We recommend applicants who choose the FILTERtest to register early for the tests. Upcoming FILTERtest dates and the registration form are published on the website of the STAP programme.
The School of English (‘Englisches Institut’) can communicate test results directly to the ZIB WiSo office, in order to guarantee submission of the application by the given deadline. We cannot guarantee a FILTERtest appointment for every applicant.
ERASMUS programme for exchange terms and internships in Europe
Information on the ERASMUS programme for exchange terms and internships in Europe can be found via the following link.
Further funding possibilities for studies abroad, research placements and internships
There are numerous possibilities for students and graduates to apply for financial support through various institutions. A list of recommended links can be found below.
The Central International Office (D9) of the University of Cologne is responsible for awarding scholarships within the framework of the DAAD programme PROMOS; for further information on funding possibilities please click here.
A number of study and exchange programmes are funded through scholarships administered by the ZIB WiSo. Requirements for financial support for students of the University of Cologne are
- Enrolment at the University
- German citizenship (as a rule)
Information on funding possibilities for international students can be found on the website of the DAAD. Another source of information is the Central International Office (D9). Note: You can rent out your flat/room to guest students during your stay abroad.
International BAföG (Auslands-BAföG)
Databases for research on scholarships for your studies abroad:
- Database of the DAAD
- Database of the BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research
- Database of the Federation of Foundations (Bundesverband der Stiftungen)
- www.mystipendium.de (Portal)
- www.scholarshipportal.eu (Portal)
Further scholarship possibilities:
- The GIZ supports internships abroad (typically after successful graduation from the home university).
- The Carlo-Schmid-Programme supports internships with international organisations and EU institutions.
- The Haniel-Stiftung supports study visits.
- The Fulbright-Kommission awards scholarships and travel assistance for study visits to the USA. For advice and information please visit the Central International Office of the University (AAA), contact Ms Biehl.
- The GFPS-Polska (Society for student exchange in Central and Eastern Europe, Gemeinschaft für studentischen Austausch in Mittel- und Osteuropa) supports the academic exchange of students and graduates between Poland and Germany.
- The German-Czech Future Fund awards scholarships for studies abroad in the Czech Republic.
- The "go east!" Campaign of the DAAD supports participation in winter or summer schools in Central and Eastern Europe and the CIS States.
- The Congressional Fellowship Program awards scholarships for graduates in economics. For further information visit the website of the Center for North American Studies, Frankfurt/M.
- The People's Republic of China awards government scholarships mainly to German PhD students and master's degree students with excellent grades wishing to study or do their PhD at a Chinese university.
- Students renting out their flat / room to a guest student via the housing platform HousingAnywhere (which cooperates with the University of Cologne) benefit by saving on rental costs for the length of their stay abroad.
- The Deutsch-Französische Jugendwerk (DFJW, Franco-German Youth Office) supports subject-related placements, recognised by the home university as an integral part of the degree. Students from all subject areas can apply for these scholarships.
Renting out your flat in Cologne
You are going abroad to study or for an internship and would like to rent out your flat during this period? The ZIB WiSo Incomings Team would be very happy to forward your room offer to guest students spending their term abroad at the WiSo Faculty. For more information, please contact the Incomings Team: incomings(at)wiso.uni-koeln.de