Learning Abroad Center
Cologne, Germany at night

Experience Cologne through CLA


“Spend your summer amongst “de Kölsche” in Cologne, Germany studying and traversing what this spirited and deep-rooted city has to offer.”

Program Details

Cologne, Germany
Summer Session
Languages Taught In
Languages Taught In
College of Liberal Arts

Program Eligibility

Student Type
Student Type
UofM Students
Non UofM Students
Student Year
Student Year
2.5 GPA



Undergraduate and other students at the University of Minnesota have an opportunity to experience a splash of Cologne, Germany through CLA. The communications, journalism, and psychology departments offer four different courses in this fresh and new abroad program. The courses are offered in two sessions that each last 3-weeks (6/19–7/7 & 7/10–7/28), taught in English by a CLA faculty member, and will count towards your major and minor requirements (some may carry LE credit as well). To enhance the experience, the courses take advantage of the location by typically involving engagement with the local population and organizations (more details in the specific course descriptions).

Experiencing Cologne through CLA will have you exploring in its fullest; students will have the opportunity to indulge in some chocolate or waffles at an overnight Brussels trip, a city tour of Cologne, a behind the scenes tour of the world-famous Cologne Cathedral, as well as team building events. With almost 2,000 years of history Cologne is diverse and known as a major cultural and industrial center while being home to markets, museums, the largest private and public broadcasters in the EU, and plenty of other ways to immerse into the city.

Student life will be lived together in a dorm that includes an equipped communal kitchen as well as indoor and outdoor spaces for socializing. No previous knowledge of German language needed and there is scholarship availability making the affordable Cologne a bit more cost effective. Located in the heart of Northern Europe, students have access to public transportation, a compact and walkable city, and a centralized location for train rides; in less than four hours you can get an authentic croissant in Paris, see Big Ben in London, or wander the canals of Amsterdam. Apply below and enjoy some Cologne rubbing off on you this summer.”

Program Model


Housing & Meals

Students will live in shared dorm accommodation with a kitchen.

Application Deadline

April 1, 2023

Program Dates

Session I: June 19, 2023–July 7, 2023

Session II: July 10, 2023–July 28, 2023


Session 1: (6/19–7/7)

JOUR 3590: Documentary photography: Understanding Cologne through its art.
Prof Regina McCombs

Students will examine photography as a way into life in Cologne specifically, and Germany at large -- its history, culture, language, biases, opportunities, and pitfalls. Through museum trips, readings and visits from current German photojournalists, students will learn to understand the language of documentary images and how those images have impacted our world, particularly during World War II and the Cold War, when Germany was the center of world events. We'll consider differences in visual style, taste and ethics in Germany compared to the U.S. Using phones or personal cameras, students will also do their own documentation of life in Cologne. The seminar will include lectures and discussion on documentary photography and study the historic work of German photographers and photojournalists like Alfred Eisenstaedt, Paul Schultzer, Rudi Meisel, and influential American photographers like Margaret Bourke-White.

PSY 3604: Introduction to Psychopathology.
Prof Bonnie Klimes-Dougan.

Depression, substance abuse, and schizophrenia are just a few examples of serious mental health problems that are experienced around the globe. An overview of causes, prevalence, and treatments of psychopathology will be provided in this survey course, including some of the early contributions of Europeans (e.g., Sigmund Freud). Taking this opportunity to learn about traditions and customs in Germany and other parts of central Europe, we will examine how culture and historical events may serve to shape risk and protective factors of psychopathology.

More Information

For more information about the program, or if you have course questions, please contact Ascan Koerner or Tim Dohman.

Priority Deadline

April 1, 2023

Billing & Payments

Visit Billing for information about the billing process for application fees, deposits, and program fees.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Visit Financial Information for information on using financial aid and scholarships for study abroad.

Cancellation Policy

Before you apply to or confirm your participation on this program, review the Learning Abroad Center's Cancellation Policy to inform yourself of the timeline and financial obligations for canceling

Summer 2023

Experience Cologne through CLA: Summer I

Dormitory 1—Dormitory

Summer 2023

Program Fee

  • UofM students pay program fee instead of on-campus tuition & fees while abroad
  • Billed through UofM account
Non-refundable deposit $400
Tuition and educational costsCovers program tuition and housing $3,425
International health insurance $50
Housing and/or meals $1,140
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $5,015
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $0
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $5,015

Estimated Additional Expenses

  • Financial aid-eligible but not included in program fee
Costs Typically Incurred Prior to Departure These costs may need to be paid before your financial aid is disbursed for your term abroad.
Transportation to and from program site $2,000
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documents $0
Travel clinic/immunizations* $0
Housing deposit $0
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $2,150
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materials $40
Housing and/or meals not included in program fee $250
Essential daily living expenses $100
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $390

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $7,555
Spending money and personal travel Not included in financial aid calculation $500
Additional Notes & Information
* Immunizations Note: This estimate is based on approximate cost of travel-related vaccinations and medications required for entry or recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your costs may be higher or lower depending on your travel clinic, the specific immunizations and medication prescribed, and your insurance coverage.


Be aware: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.


All students are required to notify us of their vaccination or exemption status as part of the confirmation process. The COVID-19 vaccine series is strongly recommended, pursuant to CDC guidelines, but not required for participation in this program.

You will be charged a $50 application fee for each application you submit.

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When you submit your online application, you will be assigned an application checklist that includes:

  • First Step session
  • University of Minnesota Student Release and Waiver Form

Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist.

Next Steps

After your application checklist is complete, your application is reviewed by our program team. You will be notified of an acceptance decision by email. If accepted, you will be assigned a confirmation checklist, which you will complete to confirm your participation in the program. If you decide not to continue with the application process, log into the online application system and submit a Cancel Request.