- Location and Housing
- Experiential Learning
- Pricing and Dates
- Program Staff
- Application Instructions
- Additional Information
Have you always wanted to study in Germany and dreamed of staying longer than a few weeks? This semester long exchange program is for you! You can also think about doing an internship in the semester after studying.
UAS7 is a strategic alliance of seven leading German Universities of Applied Sciences committed to excellence in teaching and research. Courses are offered in English in Berlin, Bremen, Cologne, Hamburg, Muenster, and Osnabrueck, Germany.
This program is university-wide meaning that any undergraduate Pitt student regardless of major may participate but it is administered through the International Engineering Initiatives office. For more information about the university, see the UAS7 website and the Cologne website
With approximately 17,000 students in over 70 degree programs taught by 450 full-time faculty members, TH Köln - University of Applied Sciences is the largest of its kind in Germany. Its diversified and widely recognized teaching and research profile has allowed TH Köln to develop strong working relationships with a broad range of partners at home and abroad. TH Köln - University of Applied Sciences considers its hallmarks to be application-focused interdisciplinary teaching, integrated on-the-job semesters, program offerings that constantly evolve in response to technological and business developments, and a strong track record for graduating students on time.
As an active and engaged participant on this program, you will have the opportunity to develop:
- the ability to succeed independently in a foreign education environment.
- non-US based perspectives on your field of study and/or future career path.
- a global network of peers in similar fields of study and connections with faculty in Germany.
UAS7 - Liaison Office NY
871 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017 | U.S.A.
Cologne, a 2,000-year-old city spanning the Rhine River in western Germany, is the region’s cultural hub. A landmark of High Gothic architecture set amid reconstructed old town, the twin-spired Cologne Cathedral is also known for its gilded medieval reliquary and sweeping river views. The adjacent Museum Ludwig showcases 20th-century art, including many masterpieces by Picasso, and the Romano-Germanic Museum houses Roman antiquities.
You can find information on the types of housing here.
Programs offered: Applied Natural Sciences; Applied Social Sciences; Civil and Environmental Technology; Computer Science and Engineering Science; Culture Science; Economics and Business Administration; Information; Media & Electrical Engineering; Information sciences & Communication Studies; Process Engineering; Energy and Mechanical Systems;
- In order to gain Pitt credit, you must receive a C or higher for each course you will transfer back to Pitt for credit.
- Information about grading scales can be found on the UAS7 website.
- Transcripts: In order to gain Pitt credit, you must receive a C or higher for each course you will transfer back to Pitt for credit. Information about grading scales can be found on the UAS7 website.
- Please ensure you ask the UAS7 university to provide a mailed paper transcript to your Pitt's study abroad manager in your school. Exchange university transcripts typically do not arrive from the exchange university until 3 to 4 months after the end of exchange period. Therefore, Pitt students should be mindful of how this may affect their ability to graduate, especially when exchanging during one's senior year. Another consideration is how this may affect your financial aid package, as the S/NC grades are not posted until transcripts are received.
Pitt students participating on an exchange program will pay regular Pitt tuition and fees, according to their in-state or out-of-state residency status. In addition to the Study Abroad Administrative Fee, this also includes all Mandatory Fees, such as the Student Activity Fee, Wellness Fee, Computing and Network Services Fee, and the Security, Safety, and Transportation Fee.
Pitt Students on financial aid and/or tuition scholarships will need to consult the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid or respective entity providing the funds to confirm coverage for study abroad.
For global scholarship opportunities, check out:
- the Pitt GEO scholarship page for links to national, provider and private scholarship samples
- PittFund$Me for Pitt sponsored funding including Pitt wide global scholarships, Nationality Rooms, VIH, etc.
- PittFund$Me for the SSOE Global Experience Scholarships!
Pitt students enroll at Cologne for either a full semester (fall or spring) or a full academic year (two full semesters). Cologne’s calendar may differ from Pitt's normal fall (August through December) and spring (January through April) semesters, so Pitt students should check the academic calendar at the exchange university. Like Pitt, Cologne’s academic calendar follows a Fall-Spring progression, meaning Fall is the first semester followed by the Spring semester as the second. Typically, semesters in our ASU7 exchange schools are: Fall runs mid-September through mid-February and Spring runs mid- March through mid-July. The dates listed above are estimated and therefore subject to change according to the host university’s schedule.
SSOE Global Experiences and Engagement Office Team
Our team is so excited to assist SSOE students in deciding which global programs work best for them. Feel free to stop by during our walk-in hours or sign up for our information sessions every Tuesday 4-5 pm!
Schedule an appointment
Feel free to stop by during our walk-in hours or sign up for our information sessions every Tuesday 4-5 pm!
Dr. Shawn Alfonso Wells
Hujambo, Hola, Bon jour! I am the Exchange and Panther Programs Manger. I have a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh and am an Adjunct professor of Anthropology who has taught in the Anthropology, History, Sociology, and Africana Studies departments at Pitt and CMU. I recently helped students to achieve their goals as their Academic Advisor. I did my fieldwork on Color Classification in Cuba and have led many ground breaking experiential student trips to Cuba. I love learning about different cultures and want to help facilitate students being able to travel abroad learn the world. I look forward to assisting you to achieve your goals.
Schedule a Zoom appointment with me below or get in touch with me through email to discuss exchange options and your future global experience.
Schedule an appointment
Schedule an appointment with me using Pathways!
- Click here to schedule an appointment with me through Pathways.
- Log into Pathways with your Pitt username and password
- Select Find Available Time
- Select the time that works for you
- Click the schedule button
- You will see a confirms message on the screen. You will also receive a confirmation in your Pitt email.
Don't see a time that works for you? Just send me an email!
Please apply through Pitt’s website and the study abroad program manager will review and provide you with information on if you are nominated.
At that point, you will be required to apply through UAS7.
Prior to being accepted, please visit the UAS7 website for details about how to apply. Please read the application instructions and application deadlines.
- Student in good academic and behavioral standing
- Minimum 3.0 GPA
- Currently enrolled as sophomores or juniors in a field represented on UAS7 campuses - engineering, science, life sciences, business, management, economics, architecture, art, design, journalism, social work.
Questions about scholarships?
UAS7 offers a travel scholarship to some applicants!
Here is more information:
Successful applicants for the Study & Internship Program (SIP), Internship Program (IP), and Study Program (SP) are eligible for a UAS7 Travel Scholarship of 1000€ to cover or defray transatlantic travel expenses for program participation. Applicants will be notified about program and scholarship acceptance simultaneously.
No additional application materials are necessary; the program application is used by the selection committee to evaluate candidates for scholarships as well as program admission. Applicants in the October and February selection rounds will be considered for the UAS7 Travel Scholarship.
UAS7 Travel Scholarship recipients will receive their award from their host UAS after arriving in Germany.
Also be sure to check out our funding pages and note that SSoE has funding specifically for engineering students! There are many other national funding sources you can review. One place to search is the Institute of International Education website.
The University of Pittsburgh provides comprehensive health insurance as a part of studying abroad. More information about the type of insurance and coverage will be provided to you by the Engineering International Initiatives office. However, you may need to purchase additional insurance if the school you will attend requires you to purchase a specific health insurance per their regulations. It is your responsibility to ensure you know the cost of that insurance prior to committing to the program.
In order to study as a student in specific countries, a visa is required. A visa is formal endorsement by the host country to grant permission for an individual to enter, live or stay in that country for a specific purpose and period. In addition to a visa, some host countries may require a residency permit upon arrival.
For those without the host country’s nationality, students may need to obtain a student visa to study on this exchange. Pitt students should also research the visa and/or permit process through the specified country consulate website.
In general visa application requirements may include but are not limited to the following requirements:
- Visa application
- Valid Passport
- Verification of acceptance from sponsoring university (exchange university)
- Financial Documents, such as bank statements, tax documents or pay statements.
- Passport photos
- Application fee
Medical/physical examination (likely to require a doctor's appointment so plan accordingly)