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Choosing a university is a decision that sets the course for life. CBS Cologne Business School in Cologne, one of the best private universities of applied science in Germany, puts this at the heart of its business, reflected in the slogan “Your career. Our mission”. Approximately 1,500 young people from about 75 nations are studying at Cologne Business School, embedded in a large network of partnerships with around 120 universities all over the world and numerous large companies.

CBS was founded in 1993 as a pure business school and is characterised by a wide range of English-language study programmes. It was amongst the first universities in Germany to offer the internationally recognized Bachelor’s degree.

Today the portfolio comprises English and German-language Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes with a focus on management as well as MBA and Executive MBA programmes. The excellent study conditions are based on small learning groups and intensive supervision by the professors and lecturers.

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State-accredited, independently audited

A degree is only valuable if it is widely recognised. We take care of that in several ways. Firstly, through state accreditation: Cologne Business School is a private university, state-recognised by the Wissenschaftsrat (German Science Council) and the North Rhine-Westphalian Ministry of Science. Secondly, through the regular accreditation of all study programmes by the FIBAA (Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation) on behalf of the German Accreditation Council. Thirdly, by successfully participating in rankings such as the renowned CHE ranking (known from the study guide of the ZEIT, the leading German weekly newspaper) or the university ranking from Wirtschaftswoche, one of Germany’s best business magazines. Learn more about Accreditations and Rankings

Theory and practice that complement each other perfectly

The task of CBS is to prepare students for career opportunities in business. That is why both the current state of research and strong practical relevance are vital parts of the courses. This is complemented with application-related knowledge, business games, internships, soft skills courses and business projects, which usually take place in cooperation with well-known companies. Students can also opt for working with conCBS, the Cologne Business School management consultancy with student participation. Thanks to the CBS’s extensive business community network and regular career events on campus, students also have the regular opportunity to talk to company representatives.

Those who prefer to get deeper into research can actively participate in research projects and have the chance to publish results. Eight internationally networked, interdisciplinary research clusters at CBS are available for this purpose. Obtaining a doctorate is also possible.

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Semester Abroad

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Internationality as a lived practice

Canada, Australia, Mexico, Japan, Netherlands, France … our students spend semesters abroad at more than 120 partner universities all over the world, supported by the CBS International Office. This internationality is also a vital part of campus life as students come from around 75 nations. Numerous professors and lecturers also have international backgrounds. That is why English is also spoken outside of the lectures. This creates an international atmosphere and promotes intercultural competence – skills that are in demand in international companies.

Convincing service

As a private university, we see ourselves as a partner and service provider for our students. That is why we offer a wide range of consulting and services. This begins with study counselling services, information events and trial lectures. The Career Service supports the transition into working life with a wide range of services, from job application advice over internal career fairs up to networking.

Attractive university location Cologne

With a population of over 1 million and around 100,000 students, Cologne is the German metropolis with the highest percentage of students. You can see this in the cityscape, and you can see it in the infrastructure for students – from the extensive range of university sports activities to the party scene. The campus itself is located in the “Südstadt” district of Cologne, one of the nicest neighbourhoods in Cologne.

Part of a leading education network

CBS Cologne Business School GmbH is part of the Klett Group, located in Stuttgart, Germany. With 67 companies at 33 locations in 15 countries, the Klett Group is a leading education company in Europe.


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