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Language requirements

The language of instruction at the University of Cologne is German. Therefore, prior knowledge of German or the willingness to learn the German language during the stay abroad is essential for studying German law. Courses on German law are always taught in German.

In case courses are taken exclusively in English (e.g. on US-American law or international law), no proof of German language proficiency is required.

Therefore, students either need German level A1 or English level B1 to be nominated as exchange students to the Faculty of Law of the University of Cologne. The home university is responsible for checking the language skills. It is not necessary to submit the language certificates to the University of Cologne as well.

It is strongly recommended that students take part in the German courses offered during their stay in Cologne.