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  • Locations: Cologne, Germany
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Jefferson - East Falls Campus applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 05/01/2019 05/15/2019 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 2.50 Housing Options: Apartment (shared), Dorm/Residence Hall
Language of Instruction: English Number of Credits: 12-16
Program Type: Exchange Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Industrial Design
Class Status: Junior
Program Description:
The exchange program with KISD (Köln International School of Design) is available exclusively to students studying Industrial Design at PhilaU.
As a participant in this program, Industrial Design students will spend a semester enrolled at KISD as a visiting students, taking a full-load of design courses that will transfer back to PhilaU for credit towards your degree.  Information about KISD can be found below, on KISD's website, and in the Study Abroad Office.  We also strongly recommend you speak with Lyn Godley about KISD and the courses you will take there.
Exchange Students at KISD
Exchange students at KISD study in the project-based BA "Integrated Design". Except for a few events that are only offered to students in the exchange programme, you study together with regularly enrolled students from different semesters and select projects in different areas of expertise. You will largely create your own semester programme.
Course Selection at KISD
There is no traditional course schedule at KISD. Instead, a new curricular calendar is published at the beginning of each semester with new projects and seminars. As an exchange student you choose course units from this curricular calendar having the opportunity to custom tailor your semester to your interests within a certain framework. The new curricular calendar will be available on our website in August (winter semester) / in January (summer semester).

As soon as the new calendar is published, we will send you an email with further instructions about the course selection at KISD: As an exchange student you will be advised and get further instructions by the International Cooperation Center in August / February. Please read the brochure KISD opportunities, in order to get to know the study structure at KISD, get suggestions for your semester planning and to prepare for the course selection. 

Kölner Studentenwerk
The simplest and often cheapest kind of accommodation is in a students«? residence hall. There are 84 hall of residences in Cologne, administrated by Kölner Studentenwerk (KSTW), as well as many privately run halls. Unlike in other countries, Germany's student residence halls are not located on campus, rather throughout the whole city, giving students the opportunity to choose the location they would like to live in. If you are interested in a room in a hall you can find detailed information as well as the online application form on the website of KSTW.
Due to great demand, an application is no guarantee that you will actually be allocated a place. However, your chances increase the earlier you send your application in.
Shared flats (WG)
There are a lot of shared flats (WG) in Cologne – it is very common for students to live together in one flat, each student has his own room, but you share kitchen, bath room etc. Please check the KISD Space of the International-AG to get to know tips concerning the search for shared flats. KISD students who live in a WG and want to go abroad for one or two terms, often rent their rooms temporarily while they are away. If you are interested in such a room, please contact your "buddy".