German Sport University Cologne

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Deutsche Sporthochschule Köln
German Sport University Cologne
Logo DSHS Koeln.svg
Type university
Established 1947
Rector Univ.-Prof. Dr. Heiko Strueder
Academic staff
october 2016
Administrative staff
october 2016
Students 6,000
Location Cologne, NRW, Germany
Campus Müngersdorf

German Sport University Cologne (German: Deutsche Sporthochschule Köln, DSHS), founded in 1947, is a sport university in Cologne, Germany. 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 district Müngersdorf, adjacent to the facilities of the major sports in Cologne, such as the RheinEnergieStadion, home of the Cologne Premier League football team 1. FC Koeln. Since May 20, 2014 Heiko K. Strüder has been rector of the GSU, Chancellor has been Angelika Claßen since August 18, 2014.

Aeration of the German Sport University Cologne


Campus of the German Sports University Cologne

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.

Endurance run of the physical aptitude test

Institutes and Departments[edit]

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 Cognitive and Team/Racket Sport Research
  • Institute of Communication and Media Research
  • Institute of Dance and Movement Culture
  • Institute of European Sport Development and Leisure Studies
  • 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 Physiology and Anatomy
  • Institute of Psychology
  • Institute of Sport Didactics and Physical Education
  • Institute of Sport Economics and Sport Management
  • Institute of Sport History
  • Institute for Sport Law
  • Institute of Sociology and Gender Studies
  • Institute of Training Science and Sport Informatics
  • Institute of Professional Sport Education and Sport Qualifications


  • Teacher (primary and secondary schools, grammar schools and comprehensive schools, vocational colleges, special education, and only specialist sports, other subjects at the University of Cologne):
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sport Management and Sport Communication
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sport, Health and Prevention
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sport, Outdoor Education and Movement
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science in Sport and Performance
  • Master of Science in Sport Management
  • Master of Arts in Sport, Media, and Communication Research
  • Master of Arts in Physical Activity and Sport for Seniors
  • Master of Arts in Rehabilitation and Health Management
  • Master of Arts Sport Tourism and Recreation Management
  • Master of Science in Exercise Sciences and Coaching
  • Master of Science in Sport Technology

The coaching-license, which is needed to be the Head-Coach of a 1st or 2nd Bundesliga team, can be obtained at the Hennes-Weisweiler-Academy (Hennes-Weisweiller-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.[citation needed]

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Coordinates: 50°56′12.149″N 6°52′9.63″E / 50.93670806°N 6.8693417°E / 50.93670806; 6.8693417