Last week, the Cologne Business School welcomed national and international students to the university. The CBS International Office offered a varied introductory programmeof information and cultural offerings as the first point of contact for all matters relating to study stays in Germany. For a smooth start to their studies, the international students met their study buddies for the first time, who provide advice and support to the newcomers during their studies at CBS.
Individual counselling was also the hallmark of the “Walk-Ins”. Employees of the Accommodation Service, the health insurance Techniker Krankenkasse and Deutsche Bank took a lot of time to answer the freshmen’s questions. At the same time, the university offered a lecture on “Rules and procedures at CBS” and an examination of health insurance.
Cologne culture for newcomers
In the evening, around 90 freshmen and study buddies met for a “Meet & Mix” in a Cologne brewery. Vincent Weiß, CBS Accommodation Officer, introduced them to the pitfalls of the Cologne brewery culture: “When visiting a brewery, there are some unwritten rules you should know. For example, if you don’t want to order beer anymore, you have to put a beer mat on the glass, otherwise it will always be refilled”.
Besides the paper chase “Crazy 77 Rallye”, the visit of the chairman of “Altstädtern”, a traditional dance corps, offered a further lesson in Cologne customs. Heiner Schulte explained the background of popular carnival customs to the students. The carnival speeches had been a tradition since the 19th century. At that time Cologne was a French occupation zone and political actions were strictly forbidden to the Rhinelanders. That is why they met secretly and mocked politics. In preparation for the great days, the chairmen practiced the carnival greeting with the students and raffled off two tickets for a carnival party.