With almost 20,000 students in 11 Faculties, the University of Applied Sciences Cologne (CUAS) is the largest institution of its kind in Germany. Due to its spectrum of research and wide range of high quality courses, the CUAS co-operates with numerous universities world-wide as well as partners in trade and industry. UCAS maintains good contacts with the Cologne business region, which with its broad industrial structure and more than two million residents in its catchment area is an ideal location for universities of all kinds. In and around Cologne, practically every branch of commerce, industry and service is represented, with a total of over 80,000 large and medium-sized businesses. Because of the close relationship between academia and practice, the University of Applied Science is known for incorporating the most current developments into the curriculum.
CUAS has four locations: Cologne-Südstadt (Humanities Centre), (GWZ), Cologne-Deutz (Engineering Sciences Centre), Campus Leverkusen (Applied Natural Science) and Campus Gummersbach (Computer Science and Engineering Sciences).
The Computer Science’s programme is mainly held at the Campus Gummersbach. Gummersbach is a town with 50.000 habitants located 50 km east of Cologne surrounded by a hilly landscape. Its richness of forest and water makes it a recreational area for citizens from Cologne and other metropoles in its neighbourhood. The campus can be reached in few minutes from the Gummersbach’s train station. A train ride to Cologne which is the cultural center of the region takes 70 minutes and will be covered by the semester ticket which is included in the semester fee.
Cologne was founded as the Roman settlement Colonia Claudia Ara Agrippinensum and its first city wall was built in the 1st century A.D.
Today – with a population of over one million – Cologne is the biggest city in North Rhine-Westphalia and the fourth-largest city in Germany. The city’s famous and imposing landmark is the cathedral (Kölner Dom), a masterpiece of the high gothic style and one of the largest cathedrals in Europe. The cathedral is also the heart of the city, bordering on the south part of the old town with numerous pubs, breweries and cafés. Also in the immediate vicinity of the cathedral you will find retail areas inviting you to stroll and shop.
Another distinctive feature of the city is the Rhine, a river that marks large parts of the cityscape and is crossed by bridges from where you can take in imposing views of the city’s historical skyline.
Culture also plays a major role in Cologne, and with 40 museums, 100 private galleries, 40 private and public theatres, the opera house, philharmonic and musical theatres, Cologne has a lot to offer in this field. Cologne is also Germany’s music and media centre.
Sports fans will also be spoilt for choice, and with soccer, horse and bike racing, ice hockey and the Cologne Marathon, there’s something to suit every taste.
Cologne celebrates its biggest party once a year at carnival time. You cannot really describe carnival in Cologne, you just have to experience it! The whole city rings with cries of “Kölle Alaaf!” and celebrates its very own lifestyle, drinking the city’s own Kölsch beer, which may only be brewed in Cologne – albeit in 30 different varieties.
So, as you can see, there are many reasons to come to Gummersbach and Cologne!
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