German Sport University Cologne ( German: Deutsche Sporthochschule Köln, DSHS, Spoho), founded in 1947, is a sport university in
Cologne Cologne ( ; german: Köln ; ksh, Kölle ) is the largest city of Germany's most populous state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) and the fourth-most populous city in Germany. With 3.6 million people in the urban region and 1.1 million inhabit ...
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. It is the largest sport university in Europe with approximately 6,000 students. The German Sport University (GSU), in Cologne called SpoHo, combines qualified teaching and international research of the highest level. The University is located in the
Cologne Cologne ( ; german: Köln ; ksh, Kölle ) is the largest city of Germany's most populous state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) and the fourth-most populous city in Germany. With 3.6 million people in the urban region and 1.1 million inhabit ...
district Müngersdorf, adjacent to the facilities of the major sports in Cologne, such as the
RheinEnergieStadion The RheinEnergieStadion (; officially styled as RheinEnergieSTADION), is a Germany, German Association football, football stadium in Cologne. It was built on the site of the two previous Müngersdorfer stadiums. It is the home of the local Bundes ...
, home of the Cologne Premier League football team 1. FC Koeln. Since 20 May 2014, Heiko K. Strüder has been rector of the GSU, Chancellor has been Marion Steffen since August 2020.


The Sport University Cologne was founded in 1947 and, thus, continued the academic tradition of physical education in Germany established by Berlin's "Deutsche Hochschule für Leibesübungen" (German University for physical exercise) which had been inaugurated in 1920. After the Sport University had changed its name to "German Sport University" in 1965 it gained the official status as a University in 1970. From now on, it had the right to award Ph.D.s (doctor of sport sciences) as well as the postdoctoral lecture qualification (Habilitation). After German reunification, the East German "Deutsche Hochschule für Körperkultur" (German University for body culture) Leipzig was dissolved, leaving the Sport University Cologne as the only one of its kind in Germany.

Institutes and Departments

The University consists of the following academic units: * Institute of Biochemistry (IOC/WADA accredited Anti-Doping Laboratory) * Institute of Biomechanics and Orthopaedics * Institute of Cardiology and Sports Medicine * Institute of Communication and Media Research * Institute of Dance and Movement Culture * Institute of European Sport Development and Leisure Studies * Institute of Exercise Training and Sport Informatics * Institute of Movement and Neurosciences * Institute of Movement and Sport Gerontology * Institute for Movement Therapy and Movement-Oriented Prevention and Rehabilitation * Institute of Outdoor Sports and Environmental Science * Institute of Pedagogy and Philosophy * Institute of Professional Sport Education and Sport Qualifications * Institute of Psychology * Institute of School Sport and Scholl Development * Institute of Sport Economics and Sport Management * Institute of Sport History * Institute for Sport Law * Institute of Sociology and Gender Studies


*B.A. Sport Management and Sport Communication *B.A. Sport and Health in Prevention and Therapy *B.A. in Sport, Outdoor Education and Movement *Bachelor of Science in Sport and Performance *B.A. in Sport and Movement Mediation in Leisure and Recreational Sports *B.A. in Sport Journalism *B.A. in Physical Education *M.Sc. Sport and Movement Gerontology (German) *M.Sc. Sport Tourism and Destination Management (German) *M.A. Sport, Media and Communication Research (German) *Master of Science in Sport Management (English) *M.Sc. Performance, Training and Coaching in Elite Sport (German) *M.Sc. Human Technology in Sports and Medicine (English) *M.A. Rehabilitation, Prevention and Health Management (German) *M.Sc. Psychology in Sport and Exercise (English) *M.A. International Sport Development and Politics (English) *M.Ed. Physical Education (German) The coaching license which is needed to be the head coach of a first or second Bundesliga team, can be obtained at the Hennes-Weisweiler-Academy (Hennes-Weisweiler-Akademie) which is affiliated to the "German Sports University Cologne" (Deutsche Sporthochschule Köln). The curriculum of this course of training is inter-coordinated with the German Football Association (Deutscher Fußball Bund; "DFB"). Licensing of foreign coaches seems to differ.


In the Academic Ranking of World Universities, Shanghai Ranking's 2020 ''Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments'', the German Sport University Cologne is ranked 17th in the world and 1st in Germany.

See also

* European College of Sport Science


External links

Official website
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