University of Cologne

University of Cologne

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1. The School

University of Cologne

Founded in 1388, the University of Cologne is one of the oldest and largest universities in Germany with a long-standing tradition. It has gained a consistent and outstanding reputation for maintaining the highest standards in research and education.

The Cologne Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences (WiSo Faculty), one of the six schools of the University and Germany’s largest and most reputable Faculty of its type is EQUIS accredited and regularly ranks among the top providers of management and business education. It is well-known for offering students a vast scope of study fields and specializations, that will give you everything you need to turn your career plans into reality.

Key points

MIM programme at this school

The University of Cologne's MSc in International Management/CEMS MIM comprises a carefully designed curriculum, which combines academic theory with business practice. Exposure to top-class teaching and the operational expertise of world-renowned companies gives CEMS students a great opportunity to consolidate previous knowledge and apply newly acquired skills as they go through the programme.

The MSc in International Management is a 2 years programme, including the CEMS MIM during the second year of the master studies.

As the University of Cologne is state-funded, there are no tuition fees, just a biannual “semester contribution” of approx. 280 euros, which includes the semester ticket for public transport throughout the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Living in the city


Cologne is located within a metropolitan area of about 13 million people in the heart of Germany’s economy making it easy for students and faculty to collaborate with great companies. It is one of Germany’s most attractive locations and offers a vibrant student life.

With around 100,000 students and a lively start-up culture, Cologne is the economic and scientific centre of the Rhineland region. In addition to 17 universities and business schools, the area is also home to numerous internationally renowned research institutions (such as European Space Agency (ESA) or Gesis – Leibniz Institute for Social Sciences) with knowledge transfer to industry and society playing a key role. Successful transfer structures include the university’s Excellence Start-up Center, GATEWAY Start-up Service, the Start-up Network Cologne e.V. and the Digital Hub Cologne.

Cologne is also proud of its reputation as a vibrant and tolerant city that is simultaneously multicultural – with 18% non-German residents – and strong in its local identity.

Karneval, Cologne’s famous carnival season taking place every February, and the popular local beer “Kölsch”, brewed exclusively in Cologne, are only two examples of the vivid cultivation of the city’s traditions.

  • 1,09 million inhabitants in city of Cologne*
  • 13 million inhabitants in metropolitan area of Cologne*
  • 100,706 students in Cologne*
  • 34.75 % of Cologne’s total area is covered by public parks, sports grounds and nature areas*
  • 1 famous Gothic cathedral, the “Kölner Dom”*
  • Unlimited opportunities to fall in love with the city

* Cologne Facts & Figures 2017 by City of Cologne

CEMS Club Cologne

The PIM & CEMS Student and Alumni Club Cologne e.V. is an independent association of students and alumni of the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Cologne.

Its main intention is to establish a network between members with a variety of activities. In addition, the Club supports incoming international students in their first weeks and throughout their semester at the University of Cologne. Furthermore, the PIM & CEMS Club aims to provide its members with insights into the working environment. With a variety of workshops throughout the year, members get the chance to gain first-hand experience and to establish important contacts for their future career.

With over 1,700 members of the PIM & CEMS Club is one of the largest international networks of its kind in Germany!


CEMS Programme manager
Ulrike Decker
CEMS Programme manager
Alexandra Overath
Albertus Magnus Platz, Cologne, Germany
2. Master of science and cems mim
6 December 2021-31 March 2022

2 years




  • M.Sc. International Management

Term dates for the Master Programme(s)

Term 1 From 1 September to 16 December 2022
Term 2 From 1 April 2022 to 31 July 2023
3. Programme offer

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