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Overview: Degree programme

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The degree programme was already approved by the Turkish Higher Education Council in 2012, then by the North Rhine-Westphalian Ministry of Science in spring 2013 and accredited in Germany in summer 2013. The first ten students from Turkey came to Cologne as early as December 2012 to learn the German legal language as part of a preparatory year and then to start the study programme on German and Turkish law together with the participants from Germany in the winter semester 2013/2014. A total of 40 participants - 20 each from İstanbul Altınbaş Üniversitesi and the University of Cologne - will study together for four years.

The specialised studies will first be conducted for two years at the Faculty of Law of the University of Cologne and then for two years at the İstanbul Altınbaş Üniversitesi. It begins each winter semester. During their studies in Cologne, participants attend courses in the basic studies of civil law, criminal law and public law as well as in the Studium Integrale. Optionally, students can complete the subject-specific foreign language training on US law with the "Certificate in United States Law" (CUSL). In addition, special subject-specific courses on Turkish law are already held in Cologne. The third and fourth years of study are completed at the İstanbul Altınbaş Üniversitesi. The studies in Istanbul build on the legal knowledge acquired in Cologne. In addition to Turkish civil, criminal and public law, which is often oriented towards German and EU law, further courses with an international orientation are offered. Optionally, up to 30% of the elective courses in Istanbul are held in English.

Target Group

The programme aims to give high school graduates with Turkish language skills in Germany and graduates of German-language schools in Turkey the opportunity to get to know both legal systems and to acquire the corresponding degrees. It is primarily aimed at students who already have an excellent knowledge of German and Turkish at the beginning of their studies and, if possible (but not mandatory), also a good knowledge of English.

Proof of Turkish language skills can be provided by completing a Turkish legal terminology course at the Faculty of Law of the University of Cologne with at least the grade "vollbefriedigend" by the end of the second semester at the University of Cologne.

Students who do not prove the necessary knowledge of the Turkish language within these first two semesters at the latest cannot continue with the Bachelor's degree programme. There is no possibility of an exception.


The degree programme has two main objectives: Firstly, to provide training in both national legal systems as well as European law. Different methods of law application techniques are acquired. The understanding of different legal cultures is promoted. All in all, this increases the possibility of cross-border professional employment. The aim of the first four-year bi-national German-Turkish Bachelor's programme in Law is to qualify participants for legal work not only in legal relations between Germany and Turkey, but also in international legal relations in general.


The private İstanbul Altınbaş Üniversitesi grants the twenty students selected via Cologne one full fee scholarship each during the four-semester study period in Istanbul (no tuition fees are therefore due in Istanbul). In addition, students admitted via Istanbul also receive performance-based partial or full fee scholarships.

In addition, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) supports 15 of the students admitted via Cologne with scholarships for two semesters.

During the rest of the time abroad, the students can then receive mobility assistance from the ERASMUS programme. Thus, there is a funding opportunity during the entire study period in Istanbul.