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Application at the University of Cologne

CIH is open to students with B.A. degrees from a broad range of disciplines in the humanities. Program languages are English, German, Polish, Russian, Serbian and Slovene. At the time of application, you need to proof know­ledge of English at the level C1 as well as knowledge of one Slavic standard language (e.g. Russian, Polish, Serbian or Slovene) at the level B1. This language will normally be the language of the University at which you will spend the semester abroad. In the “standard track” you will have reached a level of B2 by the time at which you will begin the semester abroad. In the “free track” you need to prove a knowledge at the level of B2 of the language of each host university at the time of registration at the host university. Some CIH Seminars are conducted as multi-lingual seminars, i.e. each participant can express his ideas in the language of his choice. Essays and exams can be written in English or in the language of the university at which they are submitted.

You can proof your knowledge of English on the level C1 with one of the following certificates:

a. TOEFL, Internet-based Test (iBT): 95
b. IELTS-Test: 7
c. Cambridge English Qualifications: C1 Advanced (ehem. Cambridge English: Advanced, CAE)
d. telc-Zertifikat: C1
e. TOEIC: 490 (listening), 455 (reading), 200 (writing), 200 (speaking)

Please contact Ms Sylvia Strick in the Master admission office for further informations.

You can apply annually until July 15 for a winter semester and until January 15 for a summer semester. In 2020, the application deadline has bee extended until Augst 20. 2020 

Applicants with a BA earned from a German university can apply via:

Applicants with a BA earned from a university outside of Germany apply via

Please contact us if you are already enrolled in a M.A. program. We might be able to acknowledged CPs earned in your M.A. program.

You can contact Ms Sylvia Strick in the Master Admission Office:

The University of Cologne will pay the application fees if you have EU citizenship or if you have gained a German B.A. degree. Please inform us if you apply via uni-assist so that we can assist you if necessary.

All CIH students who have applied via the UoC participate in the competition for DAAD grants for a semester in Warsaw, Moscow, Belgrade or Ljubljana. They are also eligible for all Erasmus exchange grants offered by the Slavic Institute. For further information please visit our page on funding opportunities.

Please feel free to contact us with all questions.