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Studienstart International

Studienstart International offers students the optimal preparation for their degree programme.
Students from non-EU countries applying for human medicine, dentistry or neuroscience, begin their studies at the University of Cologne with the one-semester programme "Studienstart International".

The one-semester programme is comprised of:

  • initial courses in the primary area of study
  • learning skills classes
  • supplementary German language classes (following a placement test)
  • subject-specific German language courses
  • an orientation series
  • intercultural awareness classes


  • a faculty- or discipline-specific programme
  • content that is tightly linked to the degree programme
  • excellent preparation for the chosen degree programme
  • successful completion of Studienstart International allows admission to a regular course of study
  • a highly customised schedule tailored to each individual student

This is supplemented by:

  • information prior to your arrival via the UKI online information portal
  • a team/buddy programme
  • a welcome event
  • excursions
  • extra counseling and academic support organized by the ZIB Med

Our Application-Guide provides information about the documents you need to submit and the application deadlines.

More information about the program "Studienstart International" and how to enroll can be found here.