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International Doctorate

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Cologne considers the international co-supervision of doctoral projects to be a major opportunity for internationalising doctoral studies. For this reason, its doctoral regulations permit the joint awarding of doctoral titles with other universities through the bilateral co-tutelage procedure.

Co-tutelage doctorates are supervised jointly by a faculty member of the University of Cologne entitled to supervise dissertations and a scholar at a university outside Germany. The doctoral students must conduct research at the partner university for at least one semester. After completion of the dissertation, a joint oral doctoral examination takes place, and a doctoral degree is awarded that is recognised by both universities.

The a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School also supports candidates earning the additional 'Doctor Europaeus' certificate, which was established by the European University Association.

Furthermore, 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. The programme encourages the linguistic and cultural exchange between European universities and promotes studying abroad.