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The a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School emphasizes research, teaching and networking on an international level. This becomes apparent not only in the many transcultural and regionally diverse research projects pursued at the school, but also in the bilateral research and international doctoral models – for example co-tutelage agreements and the supplementary qualification ‘Doctor Europaeus’, which contribute to the internationalization of academic research.

a.r.t.e.s. also contributes to honing the international profile of the entire Faculty of Arts and Humanities by regularly hosting Summer Schools and Graduate Seminars. It cooperates closely with partner institutions and continually expands its international network. Its close connections to KölnAlumniWELTWEIT, which maintains exchange schemes with universities and research institutes around the world, facilitates contacts between researchers at the UoC and international scholars.

With its project “a.r.t.e.s. international – for all”, the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School was able to provide different grants for all doctoral students of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities as well as for doctoral candidates from abroad from November 2014 until June 2019. Beyond others, numerous research stays and conference participations abroad as well as the organisation of international doctoral workshops were supported. The project was promoted by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) within the programme IPID4all (International promovieren in Deutschland – für alle) and funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The project was a follow-up from the first DAAD funding phase from 2010 to 2014.

Doctoral students of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities are also able to participate in the programme Erasmus+ which is established at the Center for International Relations (ZIB). The programme encourages the linguistic and cultural exchange between European universities and promotes studying abroad. International doctoral students can turn to the UoC’s International Office as well as to the Albertus Magnus Center (AMC) for helpful offers.