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Bachelor's programme

What to expect

The Bachelor of Rescue Engineering combines the basics of engineering with technical competences of preventive and operative emergency response as well as safety technology. It includes technical and organizational contents which address various topics, such as human rescue, technical aid, civil protection, protection of critical infrastructure, crisis management as well as occupational and plant safety.

As of the 4th term a wide range of modules allows for further specialization in either Rescue Engineering or Fire Safety Engineering. 


What to provide

As mentioned above, the program contains lots of both engineering and hazard control and prevention, which makes a strong interest in both fields a good precondition for this course of study.

In the following, we will walk you through the formal requirements.

All requirements can be found in detail (in German language) here.


The material and information contained on this website is for general information purpose only.

Whilst we endeavour to keep the information up to date and correct, we can provide no guarantee of the relevance, accuracy or completeness of such information.

German language skills

Since lectures are given and exams are to be written in German, good German language skills (DSH-2) are necessary to succeed in this study. Since there are various equivalent language certificates, please check out which will be accepted:

Admission requirements

In order to apply to the program, you have to comply with one of the following three requirements.

  • University entrance qualification. This website provides valid information about which foreign high school diploma is recognised as such. Citizens of the EU or an EEA country can have their certificate revised at TH Cologne. For more information, please see this site

  • Completed apprenticeship and either an advanced education or at least three years of professional experience (in a relevant field).

  • Entrance examination. In case you do not have a high school diploma that qualifies you for university entrance, but have a completed apprenticeship and at least three years of professional experience in a non-relevant field, the entrance qualification can be attained by taking an entrance examination. Further information is provided here.

Pre-study internship or apprenticeship

Before taking up on your studies, you have to do a pre-study internship in a related field. This can be in any organization or company which operates in disaster control, fire safety, rescue service or similar areas. The internship must last at least 12 weeks, of which 8 weeks can also be taken in mechanical engineering, when required. The internship has to be finished by the start of the program; only in justified cases it can be postponed until the beginning of the third term.

Pertinent apprenticeships can be credited in a defined extent, for which exact information is given in the fact sheet linked down below.

It’s generally possible to absolve the internship or a relevant apprenticeship in a foreign country, but please make sure to get in contact with the leader of the bachelor’s program previously in order to ensure that the particular activity meets the requirements. Also note that any documents (reports, internship references, etc.) have to be submitted in German.

For further information (in German language) please have a look at the fact sheet.


What makes studying Rescue Engineering in Cologne special

Practical relevance

Discipline-specific lectures are given by experts from the practical sphere, so the theoretical subject matters are being illustrated with lots of real-life examples. Also the practical semester provides you with your first work experience in a professional field of your choice.

Team spirit

Rescue Engineers are known for their strong social skills and their participation in voluntary work, which makes us a real community where we support each other!

Well-structured program

At the beginning of each term you are given a time table and a guaranteed place on all courses. Therefore, your own organisational effort is low and you can focus on more important things.

City of Cologne

Some may say that Cologne is not the most beautiful city, but definitely one of the friendliest student cities. Making new friends was never easier and the range of leisure activities will not disappoint you. The campus Deutz, where your lectures will take place, is located close to the city center, on the right bank of the Rhine.

Rescue Engineering Student Association

Our active Student Association will benefit you in many ways: planning field trips and events, organizing student parties, offering various services (such as this website) and supporting the students’ interest by engaging in the academic policies belong to our range of activities.

You want to get involved? You are very welcome!

Further information

Who to turn to and where to get help

Here, TH Cologne - University of Applied Sciences provides extensive general information for incomings. You can find answers to all your questions about housing, financial support, language courses, buddy programms, and much more.

Should there still be any open questions regarding the studies, do not hesitate to approach one of these contacts:

  • Prof. Dr. Mudimu, leader of the bachelor’s program → see contact info

  • Studi-Orga-Büro – the Rescue Engineering students’ organisational office → send mail

  • Fachschaftsrat - Student Association → get in touch

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