Catholic University of Applied Science of North Rhine - Westphalia
With approx. 3,500 students at the four sites of Aachen, Cologne, Münster and Paderborn with six faculties the KathoNRW is Germany's largest state recognised university that is operated by the church for social work, health service and religious education degree courses.
It was the first university in North Rhine Westphalia to be awarded the “family-friendly university" certificate. Its quality finds expression in top rankings in national comparisons for instance in the ranking of the Centrum für Hochschulentwicklung (CHE) (Centre for Higher Education Development).
Studying at the KathHo NRW means preparing for the work of social workers with a sound scientific and theoretical basis and also in a practical and application-oriented manner so they can responsibly contribute towards an environment where people live together in a humane manner.
A good supervisory relationship, a personal atmosphere, well structured theoretical knowledge and the option of directly putting the things learnt into practice, are the main reasons why students opt to study at the KatHO NRW.
Aachen Campus site
Aachen is located in the Dreiländereck (three border point) of Germany, Belgium and Holland. This location has also led to the city with its population of around 250,000 citizens being given the byname of “Europastadt" (City of Europe). In addition to the international Karlspreis (Charlemagne prize) the city of Aachen is also famous for its healing thermal mineral springs, its history that dates back to the New Stone Age and as the residence of Charlemagne who bequeathed it a rich cultural and architectural heritage. Now Aachen is considered to be a world city of equestrian sport and a “City of Science”.
The KatHo NRW’s Aachen University site is located just a short distance from the centre and with good transportation links. The university building on the green campus was designed by Rudolf Schwanz in the 1920s, who was a member of the famous Bauhaus group. Approx. 800 people study in the degree courses of "Social Work", "Training and Education at child age" and "Cooperation management in multiprofessional health and social services”. The “Social work for women in and after the family phase” is unique throughout Germany.
Cologne Campus site
Cologne – called Kölle in the local dialect - ranks among the most diverse university sites in Germany. That is why a lot of students opt to embark on a full-time degree course or a semester abroad in Cologne. With its population of almost a million inhabitants Cologe is the largest city in the Federal German state of North Rhine Westphalia and the fourth largest city in Germany. The Cologne cathedral is the city’s most famous landmark. A lot of people associate Cologne with the carnival season, Kölsch (the local beer) and Rhenish frivolity. But Cologne is also famous for its 2000 year history, its cultural and architectural heritage and also for its internationally significant events. Life in Cologne is uncomplicated and stimulating. In addition to the numerous Romanesque churches the cityscape is characterised by the Rhine river as well as the innumerable shopping streets, cafes and pubs. Numerous parks additionally entice you to stay there and relax. Cologne ranks among the great university cities; the approx 70,800 students who have been enrolled there account for approx. 7 per cent of the city’s population. The numerous colleges and universities in Cologne also offer numerous leisure time options in addition to the diverse range of study options. Cologne is also an intercultural melting point with a rich tradition due to the fact that 17.2 per cent of its students are foreigners.
The Cologne university site is easily accessible from the centre and is a short walk away from the Rhine. Approx. 1000 men and women study here in the health service and social services faculties. The social services faculty also offers the “Training and Education at Child Age” as well as the consecutive, research-oriented “Social Work in Europe” master’s degree course in addition to the “Social Work” bachelors degree course. The “Addiction prevention and treatment, M.Sc” that is unique in Germany is also located here in addition to the “Addiction research competence platform” that is sponsored by the federal state of North Rhine Westphalia. The largest of the four university sites of the Catholic University of Applied Science is NRW is also simultaneously the headquarters of the university management and its head office.
Münster Campus site
“The city with the best living conditions in the world", "the most child-friendly city in Germany" and "The most cyclist-friendly city in Germany" - the city of Münster has been decorated with these titles. Hundreds of bicycles make their way through the historical and pleasant streets: past the Prinzipalmarkt via the promenade in the direction of the Aasee lake. Münster is a city in motion and full of life, a student city: Some 50,000 of the approx. 270,000 inhabitants study at one of the many universities.
The Münster university site the architecture of which is reminiscent of a college, is in the midst of things, centrally located on the Piusallee that is lined with old trees. At the Münster university site which specialises upon the subject field of social services some 750 women and men study in the degree courses of "Social Work", "Curative Paedagogy", “Social Management” and “Supervision”. Lecturers and students meet up on the green campus to learn, relax or to party.
Paderborn Campus site
The university city of Paderborn with its more than 140,000 inhabitants is located in Eastern North Rhine Westphalia. A green city with beautiful countryside in the surrounding areas and a rich range of peaceful, recreation and leisure time options. A young city with a history dating back some 1200 years, which combines high-tech and the Middle Ages.
The campus of the Paderborn university, a historical building with an extensive parkland area, is located right in the city centre. More than 750 men and women study in the social service and theology faculties. The degree courses of “Social work”, “Training and education in childhood”, and “Religious Education” are offered.