Most universities have adapted their structures to limit the spread of COVID-19 – your host school coordinator is keeping you updated on the study situation at your host university. In addition, the official authorities in your current country of stay and in Germany (e.g. Robert Koch Institut, Bundesgesundheitsministerium) are giving instructions and recommendations on how to behave in public – we strongly recommend you follow these and carefully check for any updates.
You can find information on current measures taken by the University of Cologne here. Updates from the WiSo Faculty for the coming spring term here in Cologne can be found here.
Application process for STAP term abroad 2021/22
Students interested in a term abroad in 2021/22 should be aware that due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, there may be spontaneous changes in our offers and processes. Any changes will be communicated in a timely and transparent manner to all parties involved. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by possible spontaneous adjustments that may occur in the STAP process due to circumstances beyond our control (force majeure).
STAP main selection round – new application deadline: Please be advised that the STAP main selection round for a term abroad in the academic year 2021/22 will open on 1 December 2020 with final deadline 15 January 2021. For more information on options for a term abroad, please see the STAP Bachelor and STAP Master websites.
UoC CEMS cohort, fall 2020
Updated 15 June
You can find information on current measures taken by the University of Cologne here.
At the CEMS Office Cologne, we offer counselling hours over the phone and via Zoom/Skype.
Ulrike Decker, +49 221 470-1281, available Tue, Wed & Thu 9 am to 12 pm or by appointment. For Zoom, please enquire by email. Christoph Karl (Incoming CEMS students), +49 221 470-2779, available Tue, Thu & Fri 10 am to 1 pm, or by appointment. For Skype name, please enquire by email, we will answer as quickly as possible.
We have planned several Skill Seminars throughout the term. We are in contact with our Corporate Partners to see whether they are able to offer their Skill Seminars online as well.
CEMS language 3 requirement
Due to the current situation around the corona virus, it is difficult to fulfil your language 3 requirement as language courses are cancelled. The official communication by the CEMS Global Office regarding languages is as follows:
Second/third language CEMS graduation requirement (commercial options):
We continue recognising CEMS accredited cultural institutes, where students should be able to continue their commercial language courses through online delivery
Students planning to undertake a commercial language exam at a CEMS accredited cultural institute have two options: 1. hold out for an online exam to be held in the future (it is not guaranteed that it will be offered) 2. plan sitting for an exam at the next available date (end of summer or early autumn).
No new provider of online commercial language courses/exams is recommended due to lack of clarity on quality of learning/testing
Please remember: A commercial exam such as DELE (for Spanish) or DELF (for French) needs a minimal level of B1. A commercial language course needs to have at least 60 contact hours (teaching units) but is accredited for any level from A1 on.
CEMS internship requirements
If you are to graduate in 2020 (meaning you have fulfilled all other graduation requirements for CEMS by beginning of November 2020 - this only applies to cohorts 2019/20 and before) and you do not have an internship, you have the following options:
If your internship abroad got cancelled: Please provide written proof that your already agreed internship got cancelled due to the corona virus situation
If you did not get an internship: Please provide at least three written negative replies to your applications (or any other proof of cancelled internships) due to the corona virus situation
Option 1: You can either do an internship in Germany or
Option 2: You can accredit an internship in Germany that you already completed on post-graduate level (after your bachelor’s)
The internship is still a mandatory part for graduating from CEMS. If you have never completed an internship or are not able at all to find one until October 2020 (the last day to start an internship and graduate in 2020 is Monday, 12 October 2020), we are very sorry but the CEMS graduation in 2020 will not be possible for you. You can of course still graduate from the University of Cologne and you will have your official master certificate for further steps. Keep in mind that you could also accredit the first 8 weeks of a full-time job (abroad) as an internship or if you have started a traineeship and a part of it (mininum 8 weeks) takes place abroad.
First-year MSc International Management students
Updated 15 June
Official information on the corona virus provided by the University of Cologne can be found here.
The WiSo Faculty has suspended any face-to-face counselling for the time being. Counselling is offered online, offices are closed for visitors.
Ulrike Decker, +49 221 470-1281, available Tue, Wed & Thu 9 am to 12 pm or by appointment. For Zoom, please enquire by email.
Case Studies & supplementary courses
Please continue with all course registrations as planned and keep yourself updated on KLIPS. Regarding the Case Studies, the respective lecturer will inform you about further proceedings regarding their course.
Cancelled exams & thesis registration
Please keep yourself informed via the website of the WiSo Examination Office.
Your term abroad
On 4 May, Prof. Gregory Whitwell, the Chair of CEMS decided to cancel mobility in fall term for all CEMS schools and move the terms abroad entirely to spring term.
We are glad to inform you that for the spring term, we were able to assign all of you to the same CEMS school that you were originally supposed to attend in fall. We will switch your application in the WEX portal and you will receive an email with the new offer, which you will need to accept. If your term abroad was already scheduled for spring, nothing has changed for you.
UoC fall term 2020/2021 (your CEMS term 1): The CEMS fall term is scheduled to start promptly on 1 September but will remain online until further notice. The CEMSBlock Seminar, Global Strategy Course, Business Communication Skill Seminar and Management Skill Seminar will all be conducted online.
As we are still waiting for a final decision by the WiSo Faculty regarding the dates and requirements for the general fall term, information on electives (selection and timeline) will follow as soon as possible. However, please be assured that you will be able to fulfil all CEMS related requirements during the upcoming term. One elective (Management Skill Seminar) was already open for registration.
International MIM students
We are already in contact with some of you who might not be in Germany at the moment and do not have German citizenship. As the EU has closed its borders for non-EU citizens, you will not be able to get back to Cologne at the moment. Please let us know about your current status if you are not in Germany right now.
Secondary STAP selection round for studies abroad in spring 2022
The ZIB WiSo will be offering a secondary STAP selection round for studies abroad in spring 2022 for the following study courses:
Bachelor in Social Sciences
Master in Political Sciences
For all other study courses, there will be no secondary STAP selection round.
Doing Business in Germany – connecting virtually across 4 continents!
International eMBA students from our renowned partner universities participated in our DBi Energy Economics programme. They gathered virtually for our 12-day programme and dived deep into the current challenges associated with the energy sector in Germany and the EU. While gaining new insights into future trends and learning about prospects for sustainable energy consumption and production, students also networked with international peers from other universities and corporate partners. For more information, check out the DBi programme here.
Experience Asia despite Covid! Apply now for Cologne Summer Schools (and E-Summer Schools) in South East Asia
If you are interested in a short-term exchange programme, the UoC International Office has an exciting range of destinations to choose from. It offers six summer schools in China and one summer school in Indonesia which are organised by UoC partner universities. An overview of the summer schools can be found here.
Due to the COVID pandemic, it is highly possible that some of the summer schools will take place in a virtual format.
Buddy Programme – Cologne students for international students
Each term, the International Relations Center at the WiSo Faculty (ZIB WiSo) and the PIM and CEMS Student and Alumni Club Cologne e.V. organise a Buddy Programme for guest students from the WiSo Faculty's partner universities. At the beginning of each term, ZIB WiSo looks for students and doctoral candidates interested in mentoring guest students for that term. In the spring term, we expect our incomings to ‘arrive’ during March. Whether our guest students will be spending their exchange with us online or on-site in Cologne, they will need support and assistance – which means they need you!
For further information and registration, please click here.
Business English spring term 2021 – Registration starts 15 January 2021
Registration for "Business English" and "English for the Social Sciences" language courses in the spring 2021 starts 15 January 2021.
Bachelor students (excluding those studying Lehramt BK1) have the possibility to gain 6 ECTS within the module Studium Integrale on successful completion and passing of the course. Master students can take the course as part of their extracurricular modules.
The latest edition of the CEMS Magazine is themed around the impact of Covid-19 on the future of work, with articles on some of the WiSo Faculty’s corporate partners. Click here to view.
Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield part of this year's CEMS Block Seminar
CEMS Corporate Partner Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield participated in this year's CEMS Block Seminar which was themed "Climate, Energy and the Business Response". Dr. Petra Welge, Director of Legal gave a talk on "Sustainability in the building sector", and Patrick Wagner, Human Resources Manager presented insights on job opportunities and career paths at URW.
The Cologne CEMS Block Seminar was taught by an interdisciplinary team, consisting of Prof. Dr. Marc Oliver Bettzüge and international faculty from the CEMS and UoC networks, and supported by representatives from the private sector. The seminar offered a well-balanced mix of theory and case studies within the context of climate and energy, with a particular focus on business strategy. 45 Cologne CEMS students and one Swedish incoming student participated between 28 September and 2 October 2020. Due to the special circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's seminar was presented in a virtual setting. See here for a screenshot of the event.
New online lecture series "KölnAlumni WELTWEIT DigiTalks"
"KölnAlumni WELTWEIT DigiTalks" is a new online lecture series that invites guest speakers from different academic backgrounds to give a presentation on their field of expertise.
The series starts on 20 July 2020 on the topic "Building Your International Career" with guest speaker Dr. Joann Halpern. Registration is possible until 15 July 2020. For further information, please click here.
No personal consultation hours at ZIB WiSo
Please note that the ZIB WiSo office is currently closed for visitors and does not offer any face-to-face counselling due to precautionary measures to limit the spread of the corona virus. Please contact us by phone or send an email to the respective contact person in order to arrange online consultation.
New cooperation: University of St. Andrews, UK
Nestled on the east coast of Scotland, the University of St Andrews has a world-class reputation and is a unique place to study and live. The School of Economics and Finance has been ranked as the top economics department in the UK according to the Guardian University League Tables 2020 and second best according to the latest Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide. The University of St Andrews itself has been named UK University of the Year.
From the academic year 2020/21 on, the University of St. Andrews is available for an exchange term for bachelor students (Economics) within the ‘STAP programme‘ that is run by the WiSo Faculty’s International Relations Center (ZIB WiSo).
New Cooperation: Kobe University, Japan
Students of the WiSo Faculty within the bachelors and masters programmes in Economics can do an exchange term within ZIB WiSo's ‘STAP programme' at the Faculty of Economics, Kobe University starting in 2020/21.
Kobe University is one of the oldest and largest national universities in Japan. Located beside the foothills of Mount Rokkō, the university provides a view of the city and port of Kobe, providing a privileged environment for the pursuit of academic studies. It comprises 14 graduate schools and 11 undergraduate faculties, and holds about 16,000 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs. Through multi-faceted academic exchanges with major overseas universities in joint research and collaborative education, Kobe University acts as a ‘hub campus’ that attracts talented personnel from around the world and equips students with an international perspective.
New Cooperation with School of Economics, University College of Dublin, Ireland
As of the start of the academic year of 2020/2021, Economics bachelor students of the WiSo Faculty have the opportunity for an exchange semester within the ZIB WiSo's ‘STAP programme' at the University College of Dublin (UCD) Ireland.
The WiSo Faculty has signed a new agreement with UCD’s School of Economics in addition to the already existing agreements in other subject areas.
Founded in 1854 UCD now draws over 30,000 students from over 139 countries per year, including almost 5,000 students based at locations outside of Ireland and it is Ireland's largest university. UCD is also Ireland's most globally engaged university, with a current ranking within the top 1% of higher education institutions world-wide. UCD has Ireland’s leading economics department. Its economists are experts with international reputations in a wide range of topics such as macroeconomics, econometrics, applied microeconomics, international trade, behavioural economics, health economics and economic history.
New Cooperation: Tampere University, Finland
Starting from fall term 2020/21, bachelor and master students of the WiSo Faculty have the possibility to spend an exchange term within the ZIB WiSo's ‘STAP programme' at Tampere University, Finland in the study area of Political Sciences.
Tampere University is one of the most multidisciplinary universities in Finland. Almost all internationally recognised fields of study are represented at the university, where research groups and projects conduct multidisciplinary research across institutional boundaries. Tampere university is building a new model for higher education and research in Finland. Tampere University brings together research and education, for example, in the fields of economics, technology, health and society. Tampere University and Tampere University of Applied Sciences constitute the Tampere university community which includes 30,000 students.