For our international partners

Dear International Partner,

Welcome to the homepage of Open Door International e.V. where we would like to provide you with information about our programs, our mission and our team. Open Door International e.V. (ODI) was founded in 1983 as a non-profit association dedicated to the organization of long-term and education-oriented exchange programs.

With our exchange programs we want to contribute towards eliminating prejudices, misunderstandings and conflicts and support tolerance between people. Regardless of social, cultural or religious background, the students in our outbound and inbound programs are presented with the opportunity to make friends and to engage the world.

At ODI we counsel all of the exchange participants individually as this in our view is the primary prerequisite for a successful exchange. In addition we foster transparent and honest communication within our organization as well as with our partners and institutions supporting our intercultural encounters.

Please find on the following pages detailed information on our mission, our outbound and inbound programs and our team. As well take a dive into the German culture and read and watch, why Germany has become such an attractive place for exchange students from all over the World.
If you interested in ODI please do not hesitate to contact me directly.

Britta Schwarz - Chief Executive Director

Please contact:


Open Door International e.V.
Thürmchenswall 69
50668 Cologne

Phone: +49 221 60 60 855 0
Fax: +49 221 60 60 855 19
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