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Double Master’s Programme in Demography and Social Inequality

Are you interested in how social inequalities and demographic changes relate to each other? Would you like to further develop your research skills to analyse social and demographic data to deal with current issues such as ageing, family structures, migration and education? Can you imagine combining your upcoming master’s studies of Sociology: Social Research at the WiSo Faculty with studies at the University of Groningen without prolonging your study time? Then the Double Master’s Programme in Demography and Social Inequality might be the right fit for you.
We are offering an online info session on 26 January at 18:00 h (in German) to give you insights into the programme structure, the application and organisational issues. We will also answer any questions you might have. If you would like to participate during the Zoom meeting, you can register on ILIAS.


Business English and English for Social Sciences during summer semester 2022 – Registration starts on 14 January 2022

Looking to brush up your English skills? Registration for the summer semester 2022 “Business English“ and “English for the Social Sciences“ language courses starts on 14 January 2022. If you are looking to develop your communication skills, this could be the ideal course for you!

Bachelor students of most study programmes and incoming guest students have the possibility to gain 6 ECTS within the module Studium Integrale on successful completion of the course. Master students can take the course as part of their extracurricular modules.

Please visit our website for more information and to find the registration link.


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.
Despite the COVID-19 situation we expect that all incomings are able to come in person to Cologne again. However, we do not know how the situation will be in spring. In any case our guests will need support and assistance which means they need you!
For further information and registration, please click here.


New Cooperation: University of Zurich

Starting in the academic year 2022/23, WiSo students in the field of M.Sc. Information Systems and B.Sc. Business & Economics will have the opportunity to spend an exchange semeser at the prestigious University of Zurich. Find out more here.


Start of applications for a STAP exchange in 2022/23

On 1 December starts our application round for a STAP exchange in the academic year 2022/23 and for our WiSo@NYC short programme. Find out more here!


New Cooperation: Vilnius University

Starting in the academic year 2022/23, WiSo students in the field of Business & Economics will have the opportunity to spend an exchange semeser in beautiful Vilnius. Students will benefit from their focus on entrepreneurship and research on disruptive innovations. Find out more here.


New Cooperation: Kozminski University

Starting in the academic year 2022/23, WiSo students in the field of Business will have the opportunity to study in Warsaw at the Kozminski University for an exchange semester. Its business school is ranked among the best in Europe and students enjoy high quality education and a business-oriented approach of teaching. Find out more here.


New Cooperation: University of Sarajevo

Starting in the academic year 2022/23, WiSo students in the field of Business will have the opportunity to study in Sarajevo for an exchange semester. The University of Sarajevo is the first and oldest university in Bosnia and Herzegovina and among the best higher education institutions in the Balkans. Find more information here.


Main STAP Selection Round

The main STAP selection round will start on December 1, 2021 and finish on January 15, 2022. Please find all information regarding the application process, our partner universities and requirements here or on the WEX Outgoings Portal.


Doing Business in Germany – Expanding networks across 6 continents!

In May, the ZIB WiSo conducted its digital Doing Business in Germany (DBi) programme. eMBA-Students, originating from our renowned international partner universities, met with professionals from all over Germany to discuss current advancements in the field of the German and European automotive and mobility industry. Aside from small group sessions with experts in their respective fields, participants also networked with their international peers during virtual coffee breaks, ‘GoGreen’ challenges and through interactive group work.

This all cumulated in collaborative presentations where students showcased what they learned and shared their own unique insights on the challenges and the progress of the automotive and mobility sector. It has been a great couple of weeks full of exchange with our international academic and corporate partners from all over the world and has once again strengthened our cooperation with renowned business schools.

For more information, check out the DBi programme here.


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.


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.