Katholische Hochschule Nordrhein-Westfalen Catholic University of Applied Sciences

Visiting students

Our programmes at KatHO NRW are open to international students from all over the world.
If you are interested in applying to KatHO NRW as an International Exchange Student please find here the required information.

Application Process

Visiting Student's application form

We kindly ask you to apply using this Visiting student's application form.

It is compulsory that you send the printed application form with all significant signatures by post mail, in order to be registered as an exchange student.

Compulsory required documents

  • Application Form
  • Certificate of Enrolment of Home University
  • Transcript of records
  • Copy of Health Insurance/ Private Insurance
  • Copy of passport/ national identity card

Please send your application and the required documents to the following postal address:
Catholic University of Applied Sciences of North Rhine - Westphalia
International Office
Wörthstraße 10
D-50668 Köln

Deadline for Applications

30th May is the closing date for applications for the Full Year/Winter Semester
31st December is the closing date for applications for the Summer Semester

German Language requirements

Lectures are usually conducted through the medium of German. A good knowledge of German is therefore essential. Each international student applicant must master the German language sufficiently well to be able to understand lectures and to be able to work with German language text books.

KatHO NRW recommends that all students should have a standard in German of DSH 2 or TestDAF, before starting their studies at KatHO NRW. Any student below this level will find it very difficult to study through German.


Once your application has been approved you will receive a letter confirming your acceptance, you need to take for the enrolment in the student registration office when you come to KatHO NRW to commence your studies.

If, for some reason, you are unable to accept your place at KatHO NRW please advise the International Office as soon as possible.


In order to register as an Exchange Student you should have the following documentation with you on arrival at the university:

  • Your acceptance letter from KatHO NRW
  • Proof of personal identity (passport or national identity card)
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