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Corona virus - information for students


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.


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.

Since the semester start has been postponed to 2 November 2020, we expect our incomings to ‘arrive’ in early/mid-October. 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


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.


Business English fall term 2020/21 – Registration starts 22 June 2020

Looking to brush up your English skills? Registration for the fall term 2020/21 “Business English” and “English for the Social Sciences” language courses starts on 22 June 2020.  If you are looking to develop your business communication skills, this could be a good course for you!

The courses are open to all WiSo Faculty students, but places are limited and allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. If you are interested, please register via ILIAS. Placement tests will begin end of June and will be conducted online via Zoom. We will offer test sessions based on demand.

Bachelor students (excluding those studying Lehramt BK1) have the possibility to gain six 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.

Please visit our website for more information. If you have any questions, you can contact the Business English team on


Secondary STAP selection round cancelled due to Covid-19

The secondary STAP selection round (for a term abroad in spring 2021) was originally scheduled to open for applications on 1 June 2020. However, in light of recent global developments, this selection round has been cancelled as the uncertain situation regarding Covid-19 also affects our host schools’ possibilities to make commitments.

We are planning to carry out our main STAP selection round as usual in October 2020. All students interested in a term abroad in 2021/22 should check the STAP Bachelor and STAP Master websites regularly for updated information.


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.