International Students

Welcome to the English Department I of the University of Cologne!

Whether you want to take part in an exchange programme and study at the University of Cologne for one or two semesters or whether you are planning to enroll for one of our degree programmes with a Bachelor or Master qualification: we have compiled a list of all of the relevant information for international students here.

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Why should you choose to study at the English Department I?

With six professors and over 50 lecturers, the English Department I is one of the largest institutes in the Faculty of Humanities. This enables us to offer students both a wide range of courses as well as the opportunity to further their specific research interests in close cooperation with lecturers. Of the six Chairs, three are employed in the field literary studies, while three are active in the field linguistics.

As well as dealing with the more general areas of linguistics such as phonetics and phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics, the professors active in this field also specialise in the areas of language contact (creoles, sign language, Australian languages), historical corpus linguistics, sociolinguistics and language acquisition.

The Chair for Applied Linguistics under Prof. Dr. Adone specialises in the areas of first language acquisition and language contact. Within the framework of the international research project EuroBABEL, financed by the DFG, three endangered sign languages from Jamaica, Bali and North Australia are being investigated. In an additional project the language contact between spoken and sign languages (e.g. Creole languages, Aboriginal languages of North Australia) is the focus of research. The Chair for Anglophone Linguistics under Prof. Bongartz specialises in the areas of second language acquisition and multilingualism. For example, within the framework of the independently funded international research project "CoLiBi", the Chair for Anglophone Linguistics works in cooperation with psycholinguists and educational researchers to investigate the connections between cognition, bilingualism and literacy in children with a bilingual upbringing. In this project, the influence of the teaching of a written language, school setting and approaches to language on the general cognitive level as well as more specific oral skills are of particular interest. Professor Bongartz and her team strive to include students in their research projects wherever possible. The Chair for Historical English Linguistics under Prof. Kohnen is currently involved in a project to compile a Corpus of English Religious Prose (COERP), a digital collection of religious texts from the time between 1150 and 1800. COERP will enable a new way of looking at the history of the English language. This will be achieved with the help of texts which not only represent a comprehensive compilation of the surviving documents of the period, but also provide an insight into the lives of those people they affected, thus affording them with a socio-historical importance. A list of the literature following the primary research as well as further information concerning the composition of the corpus can be found on the Corpus Research Database.

The chairs whose focus lies in the field of literature are concerned with a variety of current literary issues, such as the research of the new English-speaking literatures (post-colonial research), American literatures and cultures, Gothic Literature and Gender Studies.

The Chair for English Literature under Prof. Antor is currently involved in the research project, "Diversity Cosmopolitanism and Ethics in the Age of Inter- and Transculturalism". This deals with questions of literary and cultural constructions as well as the negotiation of individual and collective positioning in the age of globalisation in Great Britain, Canada and Australia. The Chair for American Literature under Prof. Berressem is concerned with the interaction between American literature and other media, such as film, art, television and the internet. In this way different media are analysed in relation to their technical-operative, societal-institutional and semiotic-aesthetic aspects. The English Department I is able to offer further research opportunities in this field through our links with the interdisciplinary media studies degree as well as the close relations with the teaching and research centres for media studies. The gender research undertaken by the Chair of Prof. Neumeier looks into questions of gender differences, identity and roles within cultures, particularly with regard to Anglophone theatre from the Elizabethan Age up unto the present day. An exciting initiative, from which students may profit in particular, is the internationally renowned magazine, genderforum. Published by the English Department I, genderforum provides a medium in which the latest research trends and developments in the field of gender research can be discussed. Furthermore, genderforum includes a database, genderInn, through which students are afforded the opportunity to carry out specific literature research from a 10,000-strong catalogue of titles and keywords relating to feminist theory and literary studies. As a matter of course, current debates and discussions within Anglophone literature and culture are handled by all chairs involved in the field of literature, supplemented by theoretical approaches such as psychoanalysis, discourse theory, deconstructionism, new historicism, post-structuralism and post-colonialism.

In cooperation with the DAAD, the highly regarded guest Chair of Australian Studies was introduced in 2009, enabling the English Department I to invite a professor of linguistics or literature from Australia to take lectures and seminars at the University of Cologne. In combination with the courses offered by the Cologne professors and lecturers, this visiting professor provides students with a unique research and teaching focus on the languages and cultures of Australia that is otherwise unparalled within Germany..

Not only does the English Department I pride itself on its excellently equipped library, boasting over 100,000 books available to students, thus supplementing the interdisciplinary offer from University Library, but it is also responsible for the publication of distinguished magazines, such as Anglistik and genderforum. Moreover, the various conventions, congresses and workshops hosted by the English Department I, many of which are organised with the help of students, have been lucky enough to welcome numerous reputable academics from all over the world, such as Bill Ashcroft, Rosi Braidotti, Elisabeth Bronfen, N. Katheryne Hayles, Heinz Ickstadt, Friedrich Kittler and Brian Massumi. Equally, further extra-curricular events organised through the English Department I include, for example, lecture series such as "An Introduction To Psychoanalysis" taken by Jacques Lacans. A particularly exciting project is the award-winning theatre group, Port In Air, an initiative of Dr. Richard Aczel of the English Department I, which has become an integral part of Cologne's theatre scene. Port In Air affords students the opportunity to go beyond the theoretical basis of theatre studies and to get involved in professional production of classical and modern English plays.

Why should you choose to study at the Faculty of Humanities?

With over 23 institutes and departments, the Faculty of Humanities offers students extensive teaching and research opportunities. In this way you may profit, for example, from the many possible combinations of subjects: English studies BA or Master can be combined with over 20 other subjects, such as related degrees like German language and literature, or even less common subjects like ethnology, art history, data processing, archaeology or music studies. Within the framework of the BA / Master programmes there is a free choice module left open for students to choose from the courses offered by the various institutes within the Faculty of Humanities. This enables students to gain an insight into the research and teaching of other disciplines. The Faculty of Humanities also has interesting offers for students who have completed their master degree and are looking for an academic career: the graduate and research school a.r.t.e.s. specialises in qualifying young academics, bringing together the resources and unique diversity of available subjects offered by the Faculty of Humanities to create a structured and efficient graduate training programme.

Why should you choose to study at the University of Cologne?

The University of Cologne is one of the largest and oldest universities in Germany. With cooperation and numerous partnerships in multiple fields in science and industry, the University of Cologne is able to offer over 40,000 students an excellent network of opportunities. For example, the internationally renowned Albertus-Magnus-Professur or the Meister-Eckhart-Preis seminars and lectures have brought many distinguished names to the university, such as Noam Chomsky, Giorgio Agamben, Jean Luc Nancy, Michel Serres, Claude Lévi-Strauss and Martha Nussbaum. Additionally, the University of Cologne has a large amount of inter-disciplinary innovative research and expertise in the field of Gender Studies in its command, which, with the founding of the university-wide Zentrums Gender Studies in Köln (GeStiK) in 2012, gained an institutional framework. This centre is responsible for building relationships outside of the university between various institutions in politics, culture, the economy and education, cultivating international communication and cooperation and instigating structured research and supporting the promotion of young academics. In addition to these opportunities, students may also profit from the careers guidance service offered by the University of Cologne, (e.g. through the Professional Center or the Careers Service Center) as well as the wide range of leisure and sporting activities and special support given to students seeking to spend time abroad.

Why should you choose to study in Cologne?

As one of the most important cities in the country for German culture and media, Cologne lends itself our English and North American Studies programmes, affording students numerous opportunities to use as well as further their knowledge gained within the masters courses. The various cultural institutes, publishers and companies offer students not only excellent career opportunities after the completion of their studies, but also the possibility to participate in any number of internships and work experience during the bachelor and masters programme. The cultural dimension of the Rhein Metropol complements the teaching and research of the University of Cologne: lit.Cologne, for example, is, with over 175 events, one of the largest literature festivals in Europe, while the Literature House Cologne offers a wide range of possibilities to encounter literature and authors from Umberto Eco to Paul Auster. Particularly attractive for students at the English Department is the collaboration between the American House Cologne, which regularly organises readings, lectures and concerts. Students interested in drama will find an extensive programme with over 40 stages throughout the city, stretching from opera and theatre plays to Poetry Slam and performance art. The 20 cinemas in Cologne offer the newest films as well as Art house programmes and showings in English and other languages. Numerous film festivals and retrospectives enrich this range of opportunities, such as the work of the Film House, linking film production, media education and cinema culture closely together. Additionally, countless museums present art and culture from the antiquity to the present day. Museum Ludwig or the Wallraf-Richartz Museum, for example, regularly hold exhibitions relevant to the content of the programmes offered by the English Department, such as paintings of Australian Aborigines or American modern art. In addition, the yearly event "Passages", held by the many private galleries and exhibition houses, is a celebrated design and architecture exhibition unique to the city Cologne. Next to these highlights of Cologne’s cultural landscape, students profit from the geographical positioning of the city, with the cultural centres in the surrounding areas as well as neighbouring countries, such as Holland and Belgium, reachable within hours, not to mention the excellent transport links to metropolises such as Brussels, Paris and London.