Welcome to the Catholic University of Applied Sciences of North Rhine-Westphalia in Cologne!
With approx. 3.500 students at the four sites of Aachen, Cologne, Münster and Paderborn with six faculties the KatHO NRW is Germany’s largest state recognised university that is operated by the church for social work, health service and religious education degree courses. The KatHO NRW was the first university in NRW to be awarded the title of “family-friendly” university. Its quality finds expression in top rankings in national comparisons, for instance in the ranking of the Centrum für Hochschulentwicklung - Centre for Higher Education Development (CHE).
Studying at the KatHO NRW means preparing yourself for the work of social workers with a B.A. qualification with a sound scientific and theoretical basis and also in a practical and application-oriented manner based on the Christian conception of man, so the students can responsibly contribute towards an environment where people live together in a humane manner.
Approx. 1.000 men and women study at the Cologne site in the health service and social service faculties. Located in the city centre and close to the Rhine, the social services faculty also offers the “Training and education at child age” bachelor degree course as well as the consecutive research-oriented “Social work” masters degree course in addition to the “Social work” bachelor 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.