Welcome to Cologne!
Cologne, in German "Köln", in North-Rhine-Westphalia in the west of Germany is the country's fourth biggest city with a population of about one million. The city is located about 100 kilometers from the Netherlands and Belgium and about 150 kilometers from Luxembourg. The rhine river is one of the most important waterways of Europe. The city is also the biggest railway-hub in Germany and has the biggest container-port in the country. This shows how important Cologne is in the national and international transport of goods.
Cologne is well known as an attractive party-town, for its cultural highlights, for its friendly inhabitants, their tolerant and happy mentality and the famous beer of the region. One major attraction is the Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom) which is with 157,38 meters tall the third tallest church in the world.
The University of Cologne is one of the biggest in Germany. Over all, Cologne has about 90.000 students living here with about half of them at the University of Cologne itself and half of them enrolled in other universities/colleges across the city. The University of Cologne has also Europe's biggest medical library (the second largest in the world!!!).
One of the craziest times in the city of Cologne is the carnival (Karneval) which takes place in spring, about six weeks before easter every year. During that time you will be able to experience the Cologne-mentality in a very special way:).
Usually you will be placed at student apartments during your stay. You will have your own room and probably have to share kitchen and bathroom with other flatmates. Unfortunately we cannot tell you where exactly you will be staying until a few weeks in advance.
Usually all incomings get placed at the University Hospital of Cologne:
Klinikum der Universität zu Köln
Kerpener Str. 62
If you have any questions regarding your exchange, please contact us instead of the hospital!
However, it may be possible that some students get placed in another hospital within Cologne, but this is not the standard. If you've been accepted for a professional exchange and would like to be placed in a certain hospital, let us know and we will see what we can do.
At the moment we are working on getting new research projects. Take a look in the database soon.
Cologne is a great basis for day trips or also for some trips over night. The closest cities are Bonn to the south and Düsseldorf to the north, both about a 30 minute train ride away. But there are many other cities in the region worth seeing. Just a few examples are Aachen (about 1 hour by train) and the higly populatet area of the Ruhr (about 1-1,5 hours by train).
Possible international weekend trips are to The Netherlands, Brussels or Luxembourg (all about 2-3 hours by train).
If you would rather enjoy the quiteness of nature instead of the big city you can do a trip (day or over night) to the beautiful Eifel-region south of Cologne.
German railway: www.bahn.de
c/o Fachschaft Medizin
Kerpener Strasse 62 (LFI)
50924 Cologne - Germany
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