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First Semester Information

** Update October 9th **

Please check this website regularly, as we will update general information, schedules and the FAQ’s regularly.

We look forward to welcoming you at TH Köln (University of Applied Sciences) to join our master programs in Renewable Energy Management (REM), Natural Resources Management (NRM) and Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM).

We are aware that the current Covid-19 pandemic is challenging for all of us, on private but also on professional and academic levels. The current worldwide lockdowns are influencing your individual plans as well as our organization of the master programs. We want to keep you informed about the upcoming developments in order to assure that you are able to arrange your arrival to Cologne and getting started to join our classes.


Fixed Dates and Deadlines  * new *

  • Enrollment Deadline: September 30, 2020
  • Start of Online Introduction Sessions and Project I classes: October 2020
    please see detailed schedule here:
    October Overview
  • Start of all Winter Term classes: November 02, 2020
    please see detailed schedule here:
    Schedule Winter Term 2020/21



General Information

Organization Winter Term 2020/2021 *new*

TH Köln’s Executive Board has made a decision on the planning of the university and teaching operations in the winter semester 2020/2021.

The semester will be planned in a way that regulations on physical distancing and hygiene can be maintained or reintroduced at any time. In this context, TH Köln must continue to ensure that not too many people will gather inside the buildings at once. Therefore, it won’t be possible to have usual on-site operations during the winter semester.

It was decided to organize the winter semester a hybrid semester: Major parts of teaching will be offered remotely, but in addition, mixed forms of remote teaching and on-site teaching as well as short attendance periods are planned for all study programs (considering sufficient space to maintain a protective distance from each other; adequate ventilation of rooms; etc).

Where possible, the library and Campus IT will provide services under the given circumstances.

Details of the planning of the semester have to be developed within each faculty. Detailed information and plans for the ITT master programs REM, NRM and IWRM as well as an updated winter semester schedule are developed. All first semester classes will be offered as online classes.

Semester Schedule

The semester schedule for winter term 2020/21 is currently under preparation. We will upload the schedule here: Schedule Winter Term 2020/21

Studying and Living in Cologne

The Department for International Affairs prepared an overview about living in Cologne and explains several administrative procedures for upcoming (international) students.  You can find all relevant information here.


Frequently Asked Questions


The TH Köln student’s office prepared a FAQ with general questions regarding the enrollment procedure for international students. Please have a closer look here

Q: I have questions regarding the enrollment procedure.
A: The procedure is explained in your letter of admission and within the TH Köln Online portal. For general questions regarding the TH Köln Online portal and related processes, please see the FAQ section

Q: The letter of admission shows a “conditional admission”, what does it mean?
A: In case you did not submit an English certificate at the time of application and your application was accepted, you can enroll to the program only under the condition of submitting a language certificate until the enrollment deadline – September 30.  In case you are not able to show this document, you will lose your admission status. Details regarding the Conditional Admission are explained with the admission letter.

Q: Under “Legal Information” I am informed that my admission is conditional, what does it mean?
A: This is a general legal chapter. It means that, in case you provided false information in order to receive admission, you will lose your admission status.  

Q: Is the enrollment deadline a fix deadline?
A: Yes, in case you do not send all your enrollment documents to TH Köln until September 30, you will lose your admission status.

Q: Due to Covid-19, I am not sure if I will join the master program in winter term 2020/21. Is it possible to postpone my admission to next year?
A: No, this is not possible. In case you do not enroll this winter term, you will lose your admission status. In case you want to join the master program in winter term 2021/22 you have to apply again. A guarantee for admission in winter term 2021/22 is not guaranteed.

Q: In case I proceed the enrollment but may not be able to come to Germany now, can I join in summer term 2021 or in winter term 2021/22?
A: This is possible as long as you pay your semester fees for winter term 2020/21, summer term 2021 and winter term 2021/22 to stay registered at TH Köln.

Q: Do I need to show a German health insurance to get enrolled at TH Köln?
A: Yes, this is a mandatory document. The Department for International Affairs prepared some further information for international students here.

Q: I need to give an address in Germany, can I also give an address outside Germany?
A: No, this is not possible. You need to show a German address; in case you are not in Germany, you can give an address of a friend / family member. It is important that this is a reliable address, as TH Köln will send you several important letters including your student-id card. TH Köln will send no letters outside Germany

Q: Can I ask someone else to proceed the enrollment in my name?
A: This is possible. In this case, you need to fill and personally sign a specific authorization form, which allows someone else to proceed the enrollment for you. All relevant forms are available here.  


Arrival to Germany

Q: When should I arrive in Cologne?
A: We recommend to come to Cologne in October, in order to proceed general administration steps within the city hall, the office for foreign affairs, the KSTW, etc. The master program will start with some general introduction sessions in October.

Q: The German embassy in my country is closed and/or due to Covid-19 the visa processing takes a long time. Can I join also after November 2, 2020?
A: Yes, we are aware that especially foreign students will face huge challenges in order to receive their visa in time. This year we will accept late arrivals in order to allow you to join our master program. There will be no fixed deadline until when you are asked to be in Cologne.

Q: The German embassy in my home country required a letter from TH Köln to confirm a late arrival in Germany. Who can prepare such a letter.
A: We are aware of such letters and will prepare them after request. In case you need a supporting letter for the German embassy, please send an e-mail to the master program Info-Mail: info-iwrm(a) or info-nrm(a) or info-rem(a)

Q: How can I find accommodation in Cologne?
Cologne is a city with thousands of students, therefore the accommodation market for single apartments and places in student dorms are is very contested. Please start searching for a place from now on. We do recommend that you register asap with the KSTW to apply for a room in a shared apartment. Further information is given here


Semester Organization in winter term 2020/21

Q: Will you offer the classes online or as presence classes?
A: This in not yet decided. In case the situation in Germany stays stable and the university administration is allowing classes in presence, we will offer our classes in presence.

Q: In case classes are offered in presence and because of visa delay I am still outside Germany, how am I able to join the classes?
A: We are currently discussing this topic within our faculty. We are planning to give you a final feedback soon.

Q: I would like to discuss my semester schedule and my individual plan with the university, whom can I contact?
Please send a mail to the info-mail address of your master program. We will get in contact with you. Please wait for the announcement of the semester schedule. 


Corona / Covid-19 situation in Cologne and in Germany

Q: How is the current situation in Germany?
The Robert Koch Institute is continuously monitoring the situation, evaluating all available information, estimating the risk for the population in Germany and providing health professionals with recommendations. Further information is available here.
The latest statistics within the city of Cologne are available here.

Q: How is TH Köln reacting?
TH Köln is announcing latest rules and updates here.



Q: How can I contact the master program organization?
Please send an e-mail to the master program you received admission.
Renewable Energy Management: info-rem(a)
Natural Resources Management and Development: info-nrm(a)
Integrated water Resources Management: info-iwrm(a)

Please specify the reason of your mail in the subject. We will try to answer you mails as soon as possible.

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