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Information for Prospective Students and Freshmen

The B.A. and M.A. program Cultural & Social Anthropology are taught in German. The M.A. program Culture and Environment in Africa (CEA) is taught in English.

If you have specific questions about registration, admission, scholarship opportunities as well as housing opportunities in Cologne, please contact the International Office of the University.

Once you have found a residence in Cologne, there are important bureaucratic steps to follow if you are a foreign student:

  1. Register yourself at the next Foreigner’s Registration Office (Ausländeramt)
  2. Open a bank account
  3. Take out a health insurance with your student admission certificate from the University

Before You Begin Your Studies

Before you start with the CEA program, you need to tackle a few additional organizational matters at the University. Please make sure to do so before the beginning of term, so that you can actually attend the first day of lectures. It is best to take care of the following on the day of your matriculation:


You need a student-account to access the KLIPS 2.0 course registration system and the ILIAS e-learning platform – hence, a student-account is obligatory! 

Upon matriculation, please do not forget to request a so-called PIN (personal identification number) needed to activate your student-account. With the PIN number you can directly clear your account via the webpages of the Regional Computing Centre – RRZK.



The UCCard is important in many different areas during your student life in Cologne. The card is student ID, semester ticket and library card for the facilities of the University and City Library of Cologne. Furthermore, you can pay cashless at the student cafeteria and cafés of the Kölner Studierendenwerk.

To get the card is easy: Upon immatriculation, you receive a document with which you come forward to the UCCard-Support. The card is directely issued at the counter for freshmen.

To use the UCCard as library card, you have to activate it online.



KLIPS (Kölner Lehr-, Informations- und Prüfungs-Service) 2.0 is a registration system required to enroll for courses of the CEA master program (obligatory!).

The course registration date is usually set in the semester break and is announced in due time under "Term Dates + Deadlines". You must register using your student account user name and password (see above).

The examination management (sign in and out of examinations) and the grades notification is also available via KLIPS 2.0.

Further Links to facilitate the work with KLIPS 2.0:



ILIAS is a university-wide e-learning platform offering seminar-related material. It also permits you to get in touch with other seminar participants via forums and chat rooms. You must register using your student account user name and password (see above).



Start of Studies

At the beginning of each winter term, there will be an introduction into the course program, KLIPS & ILIAS specially for CEA students. Moreover, the freshmen will have the opportunity to take part of a guided tour through the University and the main library in English.

There are still questions left open? Your contact at the department.

For all questions of study planning and organization, the academic staff members are available during their consultation hours.