"My term abroad was a very valuable experience."

„Mein Auslandssemester an der KatHO war eine wertvolle Erfahrung.“

„Moj semestr za granica w KatHO to cenne doswiadczenie."

„Min utbytestermin på KatHo var en givande erfarenhet!“

"I like the friendly atmosphere at KatHO."

„Mir gefällt die familiäre Atmosphäre an der KatHO!“

"Podoba mi sie rodzinna atmosfera w KatHO!"

„Jag tycker om skolans familiära atmosfär!“

"KatHO is a small, modern and well-equipped university."

„Die KatHO ist eine moderne, kleine, gut ausgestattete Hochschule.”

„KatHO to nowoczesny, maly, dobrze wyposazony uniwersytet.”

„KatHO är en liten och modern högskola där man studerar i en bra arbetsmiljö“

"I quickly felt it was the right place to study."

„Schnell hatte ich das Gefühl, hier richtig zu sein.“

"Szybko zrozumialam, ze jestem we wlasciwym miejscu."

„Jag kände direkt att jag skulle trivas bra här.“


About us

The friendly atmosphere, the individual mentoring, the advanced academic knowledge and the possibility to transfer that knowledge directly into practice is what our students value the most.

Our Leitmotif “Empowering People – Finding Solutions” concisely describes our educational ambition: We want to provide an environment in which young people can develop their personality, strengthen their soul, enrich their intellect, organize their ideas and train their academic and professional skills.

KatHO NRW is the largest Catholic University of Applied Sciences for studies in social services, health science and practical theology in Germany.


The main focus of our international programme is the Erasmus+ in the Bachelor’s programme of Social Work. The courses are partly taught in English. We have campuses in Aachen, Cologne, Münster and Paderborn of which each has a distinct international programme (details below).

But you are also welcome to plan your term abroad in one of our further programmes, such as Special Education, Nursing Science or Practical Theology or in our masters’ programmes. To find out more see our flyer. Note that these courses are taught in German.

Studying at KatHO is characterized by an excellent student-to-teacher ratio which is also reflected in top positions at the university ranking CHE.


You can find a list of the universities we cooperate with here. If your university is among them, great! Please contact the International Office of your university. They will nominate you for a guest semester. If you are nominated you will receive further information on the application procedure.

If your university is not among our partner universities you can still apply for a term abroad provided that you are enrolled in one of the university programmes (or comparable) in your home country listed in our flyer. Please contact us via the form at the bottom of the website. Non-EU-residents will need a student visa.

Language requirements for the Bachelor’s programme Social Work is English, for all other courses German is required at level B1 according to GER.

Culture & Living

A term abroad does not only promote your academic career. It also offers the chance to broaden your personal horizon: practice a new language, make new acquaintances, learn about German culture and participate in everyday life in a foreign country. All four cities offer a vast variety of activities in art, culture, leisure and sports. Furthermore, with the so called “NRW-Ticket” you can travel with public transportation throughout NRW for free.

KatHO NRW provides a very individual support for foreign students, so you won’t feel lost at our university. You can participate in study groups or in the students’ council and thus be part of the KatHO community. Moreover we are planning academic and cultural gatherings with foreign students on other campuses.


Map overview locations in Northrhine-Westphalia: Aachen, Cologne, Münster, Paderborn
Map of Northrhine-Westphalia highlighting Aachen


Aachen is located right in the middle of the border triangle between Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. The city is known for its healing mineral-thermal springs and for the residence of Charlemagne, who bequeathed Aachen as a rich cultural and architectural heritage. Today Aachen is reknowned as for the splendid equestrian sports event (CHIO) and as the city of science in the NRW region.

KatHO NRW is not far from the city centre and is perfectly connected to the public infrastructure. The freshly renovated building on the green campus was designed in the 1920s by Rudolf Schwarz, member of the famous “Bauhaus”. Our little "food court" "Café socialpoint" in cooperation with psyiatric hospital Alexianer is a communication center for faculty staff and students combined with organic food and drinks. Our courtyard invites you to relax between the classes.

For further information about studying in Aachen please visit our website.

Map of Northrhine-Westphalia highlighting Cologne


There is a song that says „Kölle du bes e jeföhl“, which actually means that Cologne is a city you cannot describe by words, the city must be “experienced”. Thinking of the largest city in North-Rhine-Westphalia most people recall the cathedral, the carnival and the beer that is named after the city itself. But Cologne with its almost one million citizens is also known for its 2000 years of history, its cultural and architectural heritage and for its internationally known trade fairs.

The campus is close to the city centre and even closer to the river Rhine where you can take walks on the promenade during breaks. In contrast to the other KatHO-campuses Cologne does not have a green environment on the outside but it offers its students a spacious cafeteria and many small locations which invite you to meet with other students to either prepare your seminars or to relax over a cup of coffee.

For further information about studying in Cologne please visit our website.

Map of Northrhine-Westphalia highlighting Münster


Münster is a very young and green city. It is vital, international and characterized by its many students. Wherever you look you can see thousands of bicycles within the historic and pleasant streets passing the old Prinzipalmarkt on the way to the Aasee Lake. Münster is a city full of life and young people – you’ll experience a real feel-good atmosphere.

Right in the middle of town you’ll find the Münster campus. On its green surroundings students meet to learn and relax – and to party, too. Unlike most university campuses Münster is not a vast maze, thus students can quickly make friends and feel at home. A new building with a state-of-the-art lecture hall and several seminar rooms offer perfect study conditions.

For further information about studying in Münster please visit our website or see our booklet.

Map of Northrhine-Westphalia highlighting Paderborn


Paderborn is a young city with 1200 years of history, which merges High-Tech with the Middle Ages. It is also a green city within the beautiful east-westphalian countryside and it offers a rich variety of sporting activities as well as tranquillity and recovery. Nevertheless Paderborn is also a genuine student-city with many things to do for young people, such as the recently re-opened theatre, movie theatres, and many bars and clubs.

The campus is located directly in the city centre. It comprises a large, historical building surrounded by a big park and garden. Just as at the Paderwiesen (a recreational area in the city centre) the KatHO campus is a favourite place for students to meet friends and relax.

For further information about studying in Paderborn please visit our website.


Portrait Helene Hofmann

International Office

Contact person

Helene Hofmann

Katholische Hochschule Nordrhein-Westfalen
Wörthstraße 10
50668 Köln

+49 221 7757-313
Portrait Julia FLeißig

International Office

Contact person

Julia Fleißig

Katholische Hochschule Nordrhein-Westfalen
Wörthstraße 10
50668 Köln

+49 221 7757-404
Portrait Matthias Kaufmann

Aachen / Cologne

Contact person

Matthias Kaufmann

Katholische Hochschule Nordrhein-Westfalen
Wörthstraße 10
50668 Köln

+49 221 7757-504
Portrait Katrin Verhorst

Münster / Paderborn

Contact person

Katrin Verhorst

Katholische Hochschule Nordrhein-Westfalen
Piusallee 89
48147 Münster

+49 251 41767-71
Portrait Regine Müller


Contact person

Regine Müller

Katholische Hochschule Nordrhein-Westfalen
Piusallee 89
48147 Münster

+49 251 41767-52


Catholic University of Applied Sciences of North Rhine-Westphalia
International Office

Woerthstr. 10
50668 Cologne

e-mail: incoming@katho-nrw.de
web: www.katho-nrw.de/katho-nrw/internationales/incomings/

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