How has Cologne Business School prepared you for life after college?
CBS has given me important general knowledge in my first two semesters, from marketing to accounting, and then from the third semester onwards I will gain specialized knowledge in finance. Furthermore, the Career Services Office has continuously supported me with networking and application advice. My planned semester abroad will give me yet another opportunity to practice the language skills I have been learning at the university.
What has your experience been like as an international student at Cologne Business School?
Being an international student at CBS has been a wonderful experience. As far as I know, there are over 75 nationalities on campus, so you don’t actually feel that different. Speaking German as an international student is a plus when getting to know the locals, but at CBS there are no problems if you are not able to speak German yet.
The CBS campus location is incredibly convenient – you can reach the university via three train lines that stop in front of the campus. Within minutes you can reach the Cologne University’s Library, which gives you access to all kinds of resources, or you can get to the city center to grab a meal or a drink after class with your friends. CBS regularly organizes get-togethers after class which allow you to connect with students you normally would not have easily met.
What would you say to international students who are considering studying at Cologne Business School?
As an international student, you will never feel like an outsider. The students, as well as the university staff, are very open and friendly. In addition to this, the city is also very international and no matter where you are from, you will definitely find a restaurant, bar, or club that will feel a bit like home.
I would also like to once again highlight how supportive the international team is to overseas students. During my first year, I was in their office three days a week asking questions and they were always more than happy to help. I still go there with my queries and they never get tired of helping me out.
It is important to note that the vast majority of the professors have significant practical experience, some still work while they teach, giving students the opportunity to learn how different topics work in real life instead of just learning them as a theory from a book.
I would also want to tell international students from outside the EU that their residence permit allows them to work part-time during the academic semester and full-time during breaks. This is very beneficial as you can begin to earn your own money while studying, but even more importantly, you get to work and gather valuable work experience.