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Cologne Business School is internationally oriented. The teaching prepares you for a career in globally operating companies – even abroad. This means including a foreign semester as part of the programme in some courses. We maintain good relations with more than 100 partner universities throughout the world and are constantly working to expand this network. To this end, our employees travel to potential, new universities and educational fairs in order to establish contacts and offer our students even more possibilities.
The CBS International Office also holds informational events. These, for example, are used to explain in a compact manner what is to be observed before the semester abroad, which documents have to be submitted and how the crediting of study achievements works.
Thanks to the internationality at CBS, many students from all over the world feel at home with us. The CBS International Office also advises these on all relevant matters to their stay in Germany.
Most students have a dream: to spend a semester abroad. Getting to know a new country, gathering intercultural experiences, improving language skills, expanding expertise … there are many good reasons. At CBS, this is not a privilege but an established practice. In the English-language Bachelor studies you spend the fifth semester abroad; students in the German-language programme have the option to do so pending grade point average.
Having to choose from over 100 partner universities all around the world is no easy task. The International Office is happy to advise you. The staff know the partner universities quite well and have even visited many of them personally – so they can offer valuable tips. Of course, it is important to know at which university your subjects of choice are available, how well your foreign language skills need to be, and how to find an apartment or a shared flat. After the consultation, it’s up to you to choose all partner universities where you would like to study, and the International Office organizes the rest. This way, you can continue to concentrate fully on your current studies. Additional tuition fees generally do not apply to students studying abroad, but travel and everyday costs vary considerably depending on the country and city. The International Office is also happy to advise you on all financing issues concerning your semester abroad.
The students at CBS come from 75 nations (as of Winter Term 2016), such as Taiwan, Korea, France, the USA and Mexico. The cultural diversity here on campus has been consistently high for years, as CBS offers a wide range of services thanks to its International Office, which makes your arrival here a smooth one, so you can start feeling at home right away. To get things started, a study counselling will familiarize you with the basic rules and conditions. Each semester begins with a student orientation, or “Welcome Week”, where international students get to know the campus and Cologne. A “Study Buddy” programme has also been put in place to make sure you always have a contact person even after the orientation week. As per request, international students shall be provided a CBS upper class man, who is there to offer advice and help out with things like showing you the student life or even accompanying you on visits to public authorities. This is how new arrivals find their way quickly and those who have been around a while make new, interesting contacts.
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