Good to know!

Here you can find some interesting information regarding your stay!

Who is who?

In the beginning the organizational structure at the University of Cologne might seem a bit confusing. You will be in touch with the central International Office of the University of Cologne and us, the Center for International Relations at your future Faculty, the Faculty of Human Sciences.

The Center for International Relations (ZIB) and the International Office

The ZIB (Center for International Relations) is the Center for most of the International aspects at the Faculty of Human  Sciences. We work on the internationalisation of research and teaching for the Human Sciences. We are also coordinating most of the international activities here atthe Faculty, and are taking care of international students, teachers, and research guests.

We are strongly cooperating with the central International Office of the University of Cologne.

Regarding the ERASMUS-students, the International Office will be in charge of the whole application process, while the ZIB at the Faculty of Human Sciences will help you with everything that is related to the Faculty, i.e. your courses, Learning Agreement etc.

You can find more information about the International Office here:


ERASMUS Student Network

The ERASMUS Student Network (ESN) is a student association which provides the exchange students with local support and organises cultural and social events for all exchange students in Cologne.

For more information, please click here:

Buddy Programm

The first days in a new City and at a new University can be really overwhelming. In order to help you settle in Cologne and at the University, we can provide you with a Buddy. A Buddy is a local student who is happy to help you with all kinds of questions regarding your stay. Moreover, your Buddy can help you improve your language skills and show you student life in Cologne.

Most of the "Buddy"-students have also made the experience of being an ERASMUS student abroad, and she or he will be happy to meet you!

If you want to take part in the Buddy Programm, you can fill out the application form .