German Sport University Cologne

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

German Sport University Cologne (German: Deutsche Sporthochschule Köln, DSHS) is a sport university in Cologne, Germany. It is the largest sports university in Europe with more than 5,000 students. The DSHS, in Cologne called SpoHo, is located in the Cologne district Müngersdorf, adjacent to the facilities of the major sports in Cologne, such as the RheinEnergieStadion.


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[edit]

The University consists of the following academic units:

Applied Movement Sciences[edit]

  • 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[edit]

  • 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[edit]

  • Institute of Biochemistry
  • Institute of Biomechanics and Orthopedics
  • Institute of Cardiology and Sports Medicine

(IOC/WADA accredited Anti-Doping Laboratory)** 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


  • 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]

Promoting Israel-Arab coexistence[edit]

In April 2011, fifty football coaches from Israel were trained in Israeli-Arab coexistence skills as part of the Football 4 Peace program, in the UK, so that they will be able to run Football 4 Peace camps during the summer in Israel. It was developed by the British Council, the Israel Sports Authority, the University of Brighton in the UK and the German Sport University and is funded by the European Union. Coaches from Jordan and Ireland are also part of this program. The Chelsea School of Sport, part of the University of Brighton, hosts the program.[2]

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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