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.

COMM 3441: Organizational Communication in Cologne, Germany.
Stephanie Galarneault, Ph.D.

The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence,” according to famous Austrian-American management consultant Peter Drucker, “it is to act with yesterday’s logic.” This course is designed to provide both a historical overview of organizational communication over the past century and a critical lens with which to consider how organizations are rapidly changing to meet complex demands.

The goals of this course are to 1) introduce you to basic concepts you need in order to understand communication processes in contemporary organizations, 2) encourage you to think critically and analytically about the roles that communication can play in contemporary organizations, and 3) help you to develop skills at observing and analyzing communication processes in the workplace.

Students will visit several German Organizations and conduct site visits, cases studies, and observations to compare and contrast German and U.S. organizations and their communication.

Session 2: (7/10 – 7/28)

JOUR 4721: Mass Media & U.S. Society.
Prof Sid Bedingfield, Ph.D.

News media in Germany and the United States emerged within distinct media systems.The Democratic Corporatist model in Germany and the Liberal system in the United States have unique characteristics designed to meet the social and cultural needs of the societies and forms of democracy they were meant to serve (Hallin & Mancini 2003). In the past decade, however, the rise of transnational journalism is reshaping news media in both nations and altering their media systems in fundamental ways. In this three-week study-abroad course, based in Cologne, Germany, students will compare the German and U.S. news media and their roles in shaping political, cultural, and civic life of each nation. Students will spend significant time visiting Germany media outlets and interviewing journalists and other media practitioners about the future of media in a globalized, digitally networked world.

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

Program Fee

Summer 2023 Program Fee is estimated to be between $5,200-$5,700 plus the cost of flight. Final fee will be published shortly before the application deadline.

Billing & Payments

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Financial Aid & Scholarships

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Cancellation Policy

The regular Learning Abroad Center cancellation and refund policy does not apply to this course. Connect with your program contact for details on the cancellation and refund policy for this program.


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


The COVID-19 vaccine and booster are required by the host country and/or on-site partners and facilities for most study abroad programs. Complete your COVID-19 vaccine doses immediately.

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.