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Why Cologne?

"Et bliev nix wie et wor!" - "Nothing stays the same!" is one of Cologne's eleven commandments. Not for nothing, because Cologne is in a constant state of change. With its many faces, the city is considered the largest education and research centre in western Germany and also has a diverse, international arts and culture sector to offer. Whether unique literary cafés, charming theatres and art-house cinemas or small and large museums, there is much to discover here. As a meeting place for artists and humanities scholars from all over the world, the city is predestined for comparative literature and its examination of the world's literatures and their intermedial references.

In addition to numerous film and television productions, publishing houses, literary houses and renowned theatres, Cologne is also home to WDR and RTL. In other words: a wide range of possibilities for starting a career after studying Comparative Literature! 

On the university side, too, there is a wide range of cultural activities to discover and at the same time room for creative collaboration. Whether radio, music, film or theatre: in a wide variety of areas you can either experience the work of other students or become creative yourself. The productions of the Studiobühne, for example, are already known beyond the borders of the university. 

As comparatists, it is important for us to maintain an active exchange with the various cultural institutions in the city. Institutions such as the Akademie der Künste der Welt (Academy of the Arts of the World) or the DOMiD (Documentation Centre and Museum on Migration in Germany) are integrated into the study events through excursions and discussions with experts. 

Students of Comparative Literature in Cologne also have access to all the libraries of the Faculty of Humanities as well as the Universitäts- und Stadtbibliothek Köln (Cologne University and City Library). Our seminar rooms are located in a new building in the immediate vicinity of the Philosophikum.

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