On this page, you may find information for prospective students in the Master program »Integrated Design Research«. You may find information about the application procedure on this website within section KISDapplication.
After your successful application at KISD, you will still need to complete several steps before your enrollment is finalized and you can start your studies at KISD. On this page, you may find information and contact persons.
Bewerber-AG of KISD
The »Bewerber-AG« is responsible for the application procedure at KISD and supporting international and national applicants. If you have questions concerning the application procedure or your admission, please contact them.
International Cooperation Center at KISD
The International Cooperation Center at KISD is responsible for international communications and the international students at KISD.
We are located at KISD on the first floor (room 123). If you are a prospective International student to KISD, you may contact us for information or further assistance.
International Office of TH Köln
If you have questions regarding the enrollment at TH Köln (Cologne University of Applied Sciences), or would like to receive some general information about first steps in Cologne, please contact the International Office, or directly visit their TH Köln website.
You may also find valuable information in the »Just Arrived« Booklet.
Once you have started at KISD, beside the ICC you may always contact the International-AG of KISD for further assistance. The International AG is a students working group at KISD that supports international students and works very closely with the ICC. Throughout the semester, they organize different events for and together with the international students at KISD. On their blog on KISD Spaces, they provide advice concerning first steps in Cologne. Here you also get informed about current activities during the semester.
In order to stay in Germany for the duration of your studies, you will need to get a »student visa«. A student visa can be obtained by handing in an original (or certified) letter of acceptance to a German higher education institute at a German embassy.
A certified copy is a photocopy of an original document that has been signed by an official office to prove it is real. This can be done at a German embassy and certain consulates (of course you must bring your passport, the official document and the copy) or at a notary office. As German visa application procedures vary for different nationalities, please phone the German embassy in your home country and make sure what documents you will need to supply.
Your passport will have to be valid for at least 1 year and the visa application cost some money and will usually take anywhere between 2 – 6 weeks, so make sure you don«t leave it for the last minute.
You may find more information about visa applications on the TH Köln website
Before you can enroll at the TH, you will need a health insurance provider (»Krankenkassen«) in Germany. A short list of recommended providers can be found on the 5th page of the TH »Just Arrived« booklet
When you open your account, you will have to bring your letter of acceptance of KISD, or of the TH in order to get the reduced student price.
Personal Enrollment in the »Studienbüro«
You must personally enroll at the registration office at the FH (»Studienbüro«). The address for the enrolment is:
TH Köln / Cologne University of Applied Sciences
Student and Examination services
You may find a map and a short explanation on how to arrive at the registration office on the International-AG Space. The registration office is in the TH building at Claudiusstraße 1, at the main entrance walk down the stairs, then right into the corridor with the 2 red machines on the wall (this is also where you print your VRS semester ticket once you have paid your study fees). The registration office is the second office on the right.
Please bring the following forms and documents with you on the enrollment day, all the forms can be found online at this page of TH Köln:
- Letter of admission (Zulassungsbescheid) of TH Köln (this is the letter you received asking you to come and enroll)
- Your passport with valid student visa (If you entered Germany with a tourist visa and are allowed to get a student visa later on, just bring your valid passport.)
- Filled in Résumé form
- »MultiCa« form
- 2 passport sized photos (3,5 cm x 4,5 cm) for the Résumé and MultiCa form.
- Copies of all the papers you sent to Uni-Assist (for more information about Uni-Assist, please follow this link)
- Proof of English language proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS or similar proof). For TOEFL, a minimum test score of 79 (internet-based version) is required.
- Health insurance certificate / or card
- Enrolment form of TH Köln
- Letter of admission of KISD (certificate of having successfully passed the examination)
Please note: As most of the programs offered by TH Köln require a minimum of German, not all of the staff members in the registration office speak English. Both the International Office at the TH and the International Cooperation Center (ICC) at KISD will do their best to assist you if needed. Please feel free to call the ICC at KISD (Tel: 0221 / 82753606) or directly visit Branimir Brkan in the International Office. His office is situated in the same part of the building: section A, room 54
As of winter semester 2011/2012, Cologne University of Applied Sciences will no longer charge tuition. For information about the regular semester fees which include a ticket (»MultiCa«) for public transport in Cologne and surroundings please check the website of Cologne University of Applied Sciences. After your personal enrollment you will receive your »MultiCa« card by post.
The »MultiCa« is your student ID and a rechargeable debit card, so you can reload it with money to spend at the different services of the TH (Cafeteria, copy machines). Two to three days after you have transferred the semester fees to TH Köln, this card can be stamped at one of the red machines inside the TH main-building, Claudiusstraße 1, in front of the »Studienbüro«. Your card is only valid with this stamp and you will have to get a new stamp each semester. Once you print an additional printout, you will also be able to travel with your student card in the whole federal state North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), the explanation for this can be found on the International AG’s Space.
KISD Account: Intranet and Email
Once you have enroled at the FH, it is very important to create a KISD user account. You can get more information about this account here
You will get a KISD email address and will gain access to the KISDspaces (the internal KISD web communications platform). You can only create this account after your enrolment at TH Köln. In order to create the account, you need your Matrikel-Number, this you will get by mail a few days after your enrollment in person at TH Köln.
The Language Learning Centre (SLZ) is a central academic facility of Cologne University of Applied Sciences. It is a department of the Centre for Academic Qualifications and Advanced Training (ZaQwW).
At present, the SLZ is offering modular semester courses in German as a Foreign Language, English, French and Spanish for students who have already commenced their studies at the University of Applied Sciences, including exchange students. The courses are based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and range from levels A1 to C2, depending on the language taught.
Online registration is required for admittance to our courses; students who have no certification clearly indicating their level of competence as defined by the CEFR need to do a placement test prior to the registration period.
For further information about our courses please contact:
Kendra Jaudzin (German as a Foreign Language; Spanish) – kendra.jaudzin(at)th-koeln.de
In the beginning of the winter term, there will be a Welcome Meeting for all the freshmen of the BA »Integrated Design« and MA »Integrated Design Research«.
Project and seminar start
One week after the end of the Introduction weeks the regular projects and seminars start. Please check the curricular calendar (it will be published on our website in the beginning of March/August) to get to know the projects and seminars that are offered at KISD, but also the events that are especially for you as MA »Integrated Design Research« students.
You will be able to take part in a few projects and seminars offered in the curricular calendar of KISD, but you will not select your courses the same way as the BA students. More detailed information about the course selection process and the structure of your studies you will get at the Welcome Meeting.