Graduate Global Immersion in Germany

Cologne, Germany: University of Cologne

  • Fall Semester: October – December (Intensive German pre-semester course begins early September)
  • Spring Semester: April – Mid-July

Credits: Up to 14 S/N

Program Type: Exchange


Cologne is located on an ancient trade route along and has thus been an international city for centuries. Indeed, 20% of the city’s current populace is non-German born. It’s the European headquarters of Ford Motor Company and the German headquarters for numerous international firms like Sony and Sara Lee. Located in the heart of the European Union, Cologne is also a massive transport hub serving major airlines and students have ready access to all of Europe.


The University of Cologne, in addition to being ranked among top European business educators, is rooted in a wide and rewarding international network. As a member of globally renowned networks and contributes to many innovative models of inter-university cooperation, the university has close ties to the international corporate community. Many of the faculty are leaders in their fields of expertise, and the International Relations Centre is a body for development in international business.


To be eligible for this education abroad program, you must be:

  • A current student enrolled in a Carlson School Part-Time MBA or MA-HRIR program
  • In good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Additional criteria may apply

The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation.


Students in the program receive up to 14 S/N credits for their semester at Cologne. These International Business credits will automatically count toward the total number of credits required for the Carlson degree. Students enroll in a total of 28–30 ECTS credits to earn up to 14 S/N Carlson School credits.

A sample of past course topics includes:

  • Performance Measurement & Management
  • Corporate Finance
  • Strategy
  • Human Resource Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Strategic Marketing
  • Corporate Strategy & Development
  • Strategy & Technology
  • Cross-Cultural Negotiation
  • Behavioral Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Business Economics
Courses are offered in English and German. German language courses are offered before the term starts.


Housing is arranged for students in private apartments or rooms in residence halls and the International Relations Centre will assist students in finding appropriate accommodations. Housing will be announced prior to your arrival in Cologne for the semester.

Budget Estimate 2009–2010

These may vary based on student preference and exchange rate. All details subject to change based on economic and international factors.

Program Fee

Current Carlson School Tuition and Fees

Transportation (to and from program site) $1,200
Documentation (passport, visa, immunization, additional health


Books and Materials

Room and/or Board $4,300
Essential Daily Living Expenses


Miscellaneous $1,000
Total estimated expenses

$8,400 plus MBA tuition

*Financial Aid may be applied to study abroad programs.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad. In addition, University of Minnesota students are eligible for education abroad scholarships. See Scholarships and Finances for additional information.

Application and Admission

Application materials include the online application form, a resume, and essay. Submit a completed application by the February 28th priority deadline prior to the academic year in which you wish to participate. Programs that do not fill following the priority deadline will be reviewed on a rolling-admissions basis.

Admission to all programs is based on review of your application by the study abroad selection committee. Applications will be reviewed following the deadline, and you will be notified of your status by official letter in April. Once selected, you will be asked to pay a $500 deposit in order to confirm your place in the program.


English and German

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Global Immersion
Carlson Global Institute
CSOM 2-210
Phone: 612-625-9361
Fax: 612-624-8248

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