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Prospective Doctoral Students

Information for international graduates interested in earning a doctorate in Cologne

The University of Cologne offers numerous opportunities to obtain a doctorate: in structured programmes, in the traditional German individual doctorate under supervision as well as in cooperation with non-university research institutions.


Range of Studies

Browse through or Doctoral Programmes Guides to learn about the possibilities at the University of Cologne or contact the faculties directly:



Application, Admission and Enrolment



Organise your Stay in Cologne



Your Contact Persons at the International Office:

Application, Admission, Enrolment and Counselling

Katharina Daun-Pignataro & Julia Soucek

Consultation hours
Application, Admission and Enrolment

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 10 am - 12.30 pm
Wednesday: 4 pm - 6 pm

or by individual appointment:

In the SSC (Student Service Center) ground-floor


Services and Information for International Doctoral Students