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The German Sport University Cologne (Deutsche Sporthochschule Köln) is Germany’s largest and most prestigious center of teaching and research in physical education and sport science. Originally founded in Berlin in 1920 as a national College of Physical Education, it was re-located to Cologne in 1947 as a municipal institution and taken over in 1962 by the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia. In 1970 it was formally recognized as a State University and since than has been invested with all the academic privileges of a public institution of higher education.

As a specific subject area university with 19 scientific institutes (departments) it covers a wide range of sport science teaching and research. More than 30 sports are taught in theory and practice in modern facilities. Currently approximately 5,200 students, including 500 foreign students, are preparing for professional careers in sport, physical education sport science, and other related fields. The university offers academic Bachelor and Master degrees, teacher certificates for various school levels, and a doctoral degree.


Institutes and Departments====

The University’s academic structure consists of the following units:

Applied Movement Sciences

- Institute of Training Science and Sport Informatics

- Institute of School Sport and School Development

- Institute of Motor Control and Movement Technique

- Institute of Dance and Movement Culture

- Institute of Outdoor Sports and Environmental Science

- Institute of Movement Science for Games in Sport

- Institute of Sport Journalism

- Institute of Movement and Sport Gerontology

Humanities and Social Sciences

- Institute of Sport History

- Institute of Sport Sociology

   - Section of Sociology
   - Section of Gender Studies

- Institute of European Sport Development and Leisure Studies

- Institute of Pedagogy and Philosophy
- Institute of Psychology

- Institute of Sport Economics and Sport Management

Medicine and Natural Sciences

- Institute of Biochemistry (IOC/WADA accredited Anti-Doping Laboratory)

- Institute of Biomechanics and Orthopedics

- Institute of Cardiology and Sports Medicine

Section of Molecular and Cellular Sport Medicine

Section of Preventive and Rehabilitative Sport Medicine

- Institute of Physiology and Anatomy

- Institute of Rehabilitation and Disability Sport

Section of Medical Rehabilitation and Prevention

Section of Exercise Based Prevention and Rehabilitation Science

This differentiated structure facilitates a large variety of options both in education and advanced training and in applied research.