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ASten and Fachschaften

Info on the duties and work of student representative organizations.

Students enrolled at a university constitute a student body. This is recognized as a legal entity within the university, an entity that governs its own affairs. Among these affairs are the interests of the group and the exercise of specialized, academic, social, and cultural interests of significance to members, the taking of positions on questions of policy, the promotion of student sports, and the care of regional and international ties. To carry out its duties, the student body receives a portion of the semester tuition fees.

The administrative organs of the student body are the Student Parliament (SP) and the Students’ Union Excecutive Committee (AStA). Besides these two, numerous other institutional structures have evolved in practice. There are somewhat similar institutional structures at the faculty and departmental level (departmental representation and the faculty council). Even so, often there are other organizational forms (plenary assemblies, councils of spokesman etc).

The Student Parliament is the highest decision-making organization within the student body. Elections are held annually. At this time, each and every student has the opportunity – by voting – to influence the (university) policy agenda over the coming years or even, by becoming a candidate on the party list of a university group (or as an individual candidate) to personally influence the direction of university policy.

The Students’ Union Excecutive Committee represents the student body, carries out resolutions of the SP, and takes care of the business of the current administration.

AStA der Universität zu Köln
AStA (General Students Committee) of the University of Cologne
Universitätsstr. 16
50937 Köln
Tel.: +49 221 470-2993
Fax: +49 221 470-5071

AStA der TH Köln
AStA (General Students Committee) of the Cologne University of Applied Sciences
Betzdorfer Str. 2
50679 Köln
Tel.: +49 221 98167-0
Fax: +49 221 98167-99

AStA der Deutschen Sporthochschule Köln
AStA (General Students Committee) of the German Sport University Cologne
Am Sportpark Müngersdorf 6
50933 Köln
Tel.: +49 221 4982-3360, -6030, -6400
Fax: +49 221 497 2221

AStA der Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln
AStA (General Students Committee) of the University of Applied Sciences of Music and Dance Cologne
1. OG, Raum 101 & 102
Unter Krahnenbäumen 87
50668 Köln
Tel.: +49 221 122986
Fax: +49 221 133103

AStA der Kunsthochschule für Medien
AStA (General Students Committee) of the Academy of Media Arts Cologne
Peter-Welter-Platz 2
50676 Köln
Tel.: +49 221 20189-166

AStA der Katholischen Hochschule NRW
AStA (General Students Committee) of the Catholic University of Applied Sciences of North Rhine-Westphalia
Wörthstr. 10
50668 Köln
Tel.: +49 221 7757-115
Fax: +49 221 7757-180

AStA der Rheinischen Fachhochschule
AStA (General Students Committee) of the University of Applied Sciences of the Rhineland Cologne
Schaevenstraße 1 a/b
50676 Köln
Tel.: +49 221 231353