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Preparatory (German) Courses for Refugees - !! PLEASE NOTE !! The English website will be updated in January 2021!

We are still here for you!

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we would like to inform you that our consultation hours are now digital!

You can register for consultation here:

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For the general and linguistic preparation for degree study, the University of Cologne is offering Preparatory German language courses, supplemented with more general Introductory courses.

In order to be able to apply, you need a „University Entrance Qualification“ (Hochschulzugangsberechtigung, HZB) and at least level B1 in German (certificate). You can find more information about the courses and  requirements below.

The courses start at the beginning of each semester in April and October. Deadlines are the 1st of September and 1st of March respectively.

If you are interested in attending a Preparatory German course, you are welcome to visit our information event. The participation is required prior to your application. You can find the current dates here.

Please note that the application has to be submitted digitally via our application portal.



Course Offer and Application Process