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Studying at the University of Applied Sciences (UAS) Cologne

The university‘s courses of study stand out due to application-orientated and interdisciplinary teaching, research and development, integrated practical semesters and a short duration of study. From the very start of their studies, students work in the departments’ well-equipped laboratories on research projects or on ways to solve problems for medium-sized businesses.
Besides the large engineering sciences departments, around 50% of the subjects taught at the University of Applied Sciences Cologne are offered here, there are numerous subjects on offer, for example in the departments of Business Administration and Management, Social Work and Social Pedagogics, Applied Languages, Design and Conservation of Cultural Property.
Trained on a scientifically sound basis and close to practical experience, graduates have excellent chances on the labour market.
The University of Applied Sciences, founded in 1971 is the biggest and most facetted university of its kind in Germany. It developed through amalgamation of respected predecessors, from the state’s Engineering School for Mechanics and Construction, the German Insurance Academy as well as the state’s Photography College and the School for Social Work. The new departments and the Institute of Technology in the Tropics joined it later on. All in all the University of Applied Sciences offers a broad range of subjects and an exciting mix of different subject areas, which at the same time hold fantastic possibilities for interdisciplinary projects and co-operation, as well as innovative offers.

The courses of study offered are spread out over three university sites.
The Engineering Centre in Cologne-Deutz
The Humanities Centre in the south of Cologne
The Engineering Department in Gummersbach situated approx. 50 kilometres to the east of Cologne.

Around 50% of students at the University of Applied Sciences, Cologne, are enrolled at the Engineering Centre. The area of specialization, Engineering, is represented by the departments of Design Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Plant and Process Engineering as well as Agricultural Machinery. The subjects offered in the departments of Architecture, Civil Engineering, Services Engineering cover a broad spectrum of planning and constructing, including virtually all other neighbouring fields. These fields are among others also worked in by the Institute of Technology in the Tropics, the only institution of university standard in North Rhine Westphalia, which is training students to become specialists in problem-solving for the so-called developing countries.
In the departments of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Electrical Power Engineering, Communications Engineering and Computer Sciences, the most modern methods and techniques for communication processing are taught.
With the degree courses of Computer Science for Engineers, Business and General Computer Science, the University of Applied Sciences Cologne offers integrated courses in restricted-entry subjects. In addition there is the associated Business and Computer Science degree course.
Business administrators for various fields of activities are being trained to gain their diplomas in the departments of Business Administration and Management as well as of Insurance Studies.
The Business department is the largest department of the university, with 2,500 undergraduates.
Of increasing importance to the university is the focus on experience abroad (periods of practical training abroad) and on international degrees awarded. As the first department of the university, the Institute of Technology in the Tropics offers a post-graduate M.A. course of ‘Technology in the Tropics". Furthermore, all the large disciplines will be offering both Bachelor and Master degree courses, these international degree courses are already approved for the department of Electrical Power Engineering and the department of Plant and Process Engineering. The department of Design will in future offer the international Bachelor and Master degree course of ‘‘European Studies in Design‘‘, jointly with another six European Universities.
In the 23 departments around 16,500 students are looked after by 450 professors as well as 550 free-lance instructors, who have all, without exception, gained experience in commerce and industry.
With 2,500 students from more than 100 countries the University of Applied Sciences Cologne has a high portion of foreign students and is a popular co-operation partner in high demand, also abroad.
The university has contacts with partner universities from all over the world. For example, it is in charge of establishing a four-year Russian/German degree course of Civil Engineering at the University of Civil Engineering in Wolgograd. The university also makes a joint effort with other German and Dutch universities in establishing the model University of Business Studies in Nishnij Nowgorod.
Among the University of Applied Sciences‘ outstanding interdisciplinary projects is the one for the documentation and preservation of the temple ruins in Angcor, Cambodia. This work, which is co-funded by the Federal Government and UNESCO, involves students and professors from the department of Imaging and Media Technology, as well as the department of Conservation of Cultural Property.
A large number of students are also enrolled in the two Social Sciences departments, Social Work and Social Pedagogics.
Although the transition between the two departments’ subject areas do overlap, the University of Applied Sciences Cologne offers both in parallel and in close co-operation. Whilst Social Work deals principally with the looking after of people (help for self-help) by offering numerous services in the field of counselling and caring, Social Pedagogics is more educationally orientated, focusing on social scientific, educational and media-pedagogical fields.
Unique to German Universities of Applied Sciences are the departments of Imaging and Media Technology, Conservation of Cultural Property, Design , Library and Information Science as well as Applied Languages.
Interdisciplinary team work is becoming more and more a matter of course in businesses and in universities. Many businesses tend to have expertise and services offered by a single supplier. To satisfy this need is a fundamental element of education at the University of Applied Sciences Cologne.
Thus, instructors and students of several departments have initiated an interactive programme for business English that led to the development of multimedia teachware on CD-ROM, both for English for engineering and business purposes, in the department of Applied Languages in collaboration with the Institute for integrated campus and distance learning at Universities of Applied Sciences, and with British partners. This teachware helps students and practitioners build on their sound English skills for communication both in engineering and business areas.
Entry requirements for studying at the university is an A-level, or equivalent i.e. other high-school leaving certificates, as well as an adequate practical experience for most of the degree courses.
This basic and industrial experience ensures that students will already have gained a rough idea of the professional field they intend to work in. They will learn practical skills and will experience working situations which they are to be responsible for as competent experts.
The basic industrial experience offers a chance to review their choice of the field of study and the preferred specialisation.
The first stage of the degree course deals with teaching a broad knowledge basis of the area of specialisation chosen. In lectures, seminars and internships in modern labs, the students work on scientific fundamentals and apply these to find solutions to practical problems. Further areas, which complement and round off the specialised knowledge, are generally taught in interdisciplinary seminars. A successful completion of specialist exams at the end of the first stage of the degree course is followed by the second stage in one of the core subjects offered.
The syllabus is directly oriented towards practical applications in the professional field chosen. In the second stage of the degree course students already work independently on projects with co-partners from commerce and industry.
During the practical semester in year three, students working as interns in a company are continually looked after by the university. The experiences from the practical semester are part of their further studies and of the final exams to be passed in their compulsory options. Study at the Universities of Applied Sciences ends with a final examination, which is completed by a final thesis and an oral exam. In their final thesis, students have to work comprehensively on a topic or solve a problem within three months.
Around 60% of final thesis topics are assigned by the University of Applied Sciences Cologne in co-operation with industry and business enterprises. Both sides benefit from this successful co-operation.
To both the university and its graduates these successful theses are a mark of merit, and to participating businesses they represent custom-made solutions to their problems that can promptly be applied.


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