Study in North Rhine-Westphalia (Germany): All private universities at a glance

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  • 2Art schools
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 · Last updated 10.07.2023

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There are a total of 68 higher education institutions in North Rhine-Westphalia. Of these 68 universities, 42 are state-owned, 8 are church-owned and 18 are private universities.

All 18 private universities in Cologne, Dusseldorf, Dortmund, Bochum and other cities are presented here. In addition, there are some private universities such as IU and Hochschule Fresenius that operate campuses in larger cities in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). You can find out exactly which universities they are here.

All private, state-approved universities in North Rhine-Westphalia at a glance

We have a total of 18 private universities listed in our database.

  • Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia
  • 6203 Students
  • Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Logistics, Health Management, Legal Sciences, Medicine, Business Psychology, Business Administration, Media Management, Entrepreneurship, International …
  • Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, Bachelor of Laws, Master of Laws, Master of Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Master of Business Administration, Master of Engineering
  • 26 Degree programs in the directory
The Rhineland University of Applied Sciences Cologne is a state-recognized university of applied sciences in private non-profit ownership. It offers 18 bachelor's and 10 master's degree programs full-time, dual and part-time - in the fields of engineering, media, medical economics & health, busi…
  • Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia
  • 56270 Students
  • Communication Sciences, IT Management, Finance, Business Psychology, Social Work, Business Administration, Human Resources, International Management, Marketing, MBA, Health Education, Electrical Engin…
  • Master of Science, Master of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws, Master of Business Administration, Bachelor of Engineering, Master of Laws
  • 28 Degree programs in the directory
  • Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Marketing, General Management, Business Psychology, Finance, Human Resources, International Management, MBA, IT Management, Business Administration
  • Master of Arts, Master of Science, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, Master of Business Administration
  • 19 Degree programs in the directory
CBS International Business School is a state-recognized private university of applied sciences for business. We offer accredited Bachelor's, Master's and MBA degree programs in German and English on a full-time or part-time basis and as a dual study program. Throughout Germany, the university is rep…
  • Bielefeld, North Rhine-Westphalia
  • 5548 Students
  • Nutritional Science, Social Management, Industrial Engineering, Marketing, Journalism, Pedagogy, Entrepreneurship, Media Design, Medicine, Nursing Science, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Sports,…
  • Master of Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Business Administration, Bachelor of Engineering, Master of Science, Master of Education
  • 60 Degree programs in the directory
Practical and compact - that's what studying at the state-recognized private FHM University of Applied Sciences is like. In the areas of media & communication, business, education & social affairs, psychology, technology, and health, sports & nutrition, FHM offers degree programs in smal…

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  • Witten, North Rhine-Westphalia
  • 2617 Students
  • Humanities, Nursing Science, General Management, Medicine, Psychology, Data Science & AI
  • Master of Arts, Master of Science, Staatsexamen, Bachelor of Science
  • 7 Degree programs in the directory
The University of Witten/Herdecke is a private university that was founded in 1982 and has since established an excellent reputation. The university is located in North Rhine-Westphalia near Dortmund and has a unique focus on the areas of medicine, business, and culture. The University of Witten/He…

UAS · Private

  • Bochum, North Rhine-Westphalia
  • 1184 Students
  • Architecture, Real Estate Management, Civil Engineering
  • Master of Science, Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, Bachelor of Arts
  • 5 Degree programs in the directory
The EBZ Business School is a state-recognised university based in Bochum.  It offers the following degree programmes:     B.A. Business Administration    B.A. Real Estate     M.A. Real Estate Management     M.Sc. Project DevelopmentAll…
  • Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia
  • 2781 Students
  • Fashion, Business Administration, Sports, Logistics, Real Estate Management, Finance, Business Psychology, Sustainable Management, General Management, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, International Manage…
  • Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, Master of Science, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Laws, Master of Business Administration, Master of Laws
  • 49 Degree programs in the directory
As a private and state-recognised university, we take care to prepare students in the best possible way and individually for their careers in the global economy. They benefit from the international orientation, practical teaching content, dedicated university lecturers and the focus on their profess…
  • Hamm, North Rhine-Westphalia
  • 691 Students
  • Social Work, Business Administration, Logistics
  • Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Science
  • 4 Degree programs in the directory
The SRH University of Applied Sciences Hamm started its study programme in the private university sector in 2005 with the Bachelor Logistics programme and offers its more than 700 students from 23 nations a wide range of interesting Bachelor and Master programmes. Our university integrates the disci…
  • Paderborn, North Rhine-Westphalia
  • 2209 Students
  • Business Administration, Computer Science, Business Informatics, General Management, MBA, IT Management, International Management, Finance
  • Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, Master of Business Administration, Master of Science
  • 13 Degree programs in the directory
In 1993, the FHDW University of Applied Sciences was founded as one of the first private universities of applied sciences in NRW and today has campuses in Paderborn, Bielefeld, Bergisch Gladbach, Mettmann and Marburg. The range of courses concentrates on the fields of business administration and bus…
  • Alfter, North Rhine-Westphalia
  • 1750 Students
  • Art Therapy, Art, Special Education, Business Administration, Architecture, Humanities, Childhood Education, Pedagogy
  • Master of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Master of Education
  • 17 Degree programs in the directory
The Alanus University of Arts and Social Sciences is a state-recognized independent art academy in Alfter near Bonn. Since August 2014, it has also had a study center in Mannheim. Young people at Alanus University are encouraged to take the development of their personality and society into their own…
  • Bochum, North Rhine-Westphalia
  • 2538 Students
  • Engineering Management, Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
  • Master of Science, Master of Engineering, Bachelor of Engineering
  • 11 Degree programs in the directory
  • Brühl, North Rhine-Westphalia
  • 2078 Students
  • Speech Therapy, Social Work, Social Management, Medicine, Health Education, Health Management, Childhood Education, Physiotherapy, Nutritional Science, Pedagogy, Occupational Therapy
  • Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, Master of Science
  • 22 Degree programs in the directory
The European University of Applied Sciences is the first private university to specialize in the fields of health, social services and education - an exciting triangle of topics that we are passionate about. Our study program portfolio combines innovative dual as well as part-time study programs tha…
  • Bonn, North Rhine-Westphalia
  • 878 Students
  • Finance
  • Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, Master of Business Administration
  • 5 Degree programs in the directory
Anyone who aspires to a career in the financial sector will find the right study opportunities at the University of Applied Sciences - Bonn. The unique selling point of the state-recognised university is its Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes, which are tailored to financial practice and offe…
  • Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia
  • 3957 Students
  • Nutritional Science, Tourism and Event, Health Management, Sports, General Management, Communication Sciences, Business Administration, Media Management
  • Master of Arts, Bachelor of Arts
  • 32 Degree programs in the directory
The state-recognised IST University of Management offers Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes as well as university certificates in the future-oriented sectors of "Sport & Management", "Fitness & Health", "Tourism & Hospitality" and "Communication and Management". The distance-learn…
  • Dusseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia
  • 1925 Students
  • Childhood Education, Medicine, Health Education, Nursing Science, Social Work
  • Master of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, Bachelor of Arts
  • 14 Degree programs in the directory
The Fliedner University of Applied Sciences Dusseldorf is a private, state-recognized university of applied sciences that has been in existence since 2011. Its courses of study are rooted in the educational tradition of the Kaiserswerther Diakonie for professions in the health, social and educationa…

Art school · Private

  • Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia
  • 151 Students
  • Art
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • 3 Degree programs in the directory
  • Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia
  • 75 Students
  • Childhood Education, Health Management, Nursing Science, Social Work
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 4 Degree programs in the directory
The social and health sectors of society are changing. This creates new challenges, such as digitalisation and demographic change and thus an increasingly ageing society. The Kolping University prepares students for challenges in their professions and lets them actively shape the change already duri…
  • Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia
  • International Management, Business Psychology, Psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science
  • 3 Degree programs in the directory

Private universities with campuses and study centres in NRW

Officially, there are 18 private universities in NRW, i.e. state-approved universities with their headquarters in NRW. In addition, some universities maintain branches in North Rhine-Westphalia and offer corresponding degree programmes in NRW's larger cities, such as Cologne and Dusseldorf.

Here are the most important private universities with a branch in NRW:

Logo IUIU International University of Applied Sciences: IU International University is the largest university in Germany, with over 100,000 enrolled students. The university was founded in Bad Honnef in 1998. Today, the university still operates a campus in Bad Honnef with numerous Bachelor's and Master's programmes in the fields of economics. In addition, there are numerous university centres of the IU in NRW where attendance courses and dual study programmes are offered, for example in Dortmund, Dusseldorf, Essen and Cologne.

Logo FreseniusFresenius University of Applied Sciences: Fresenius University of Applied Sciences is one of the largest private universities in Germany. In the winter semester 2019/2020, a total of 12991 students were enrolled at the university. Although the main location of the university is Idstein in Hesse, the university operates study centres in Dusseldorf and Cologne. At the Dusseldorf location, for example, the B.A. Business Administration, MBA General Management and many others are offered.

Logo WHUWHU Otto Beisheim School of Management: WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management is a private university with its headquarters in Vallendar and campus in Dusseldorf. The university is very exclusive, with just 1371 students enrolled in the 2019/2020 winter semester. WHU offers Bachelor's, Master's and MBA programs in the fields of economics.

Logo MacromediaMacromedia University of Applied Sciences: Macromedia University of Applied Sciences is a university in the field of media and communication sciences and has its headquarters in Stuttgart. As a media university, Macromedia University of Applied Sciences naturally also maintains a campus in Cologne. In the winter semester 2019/2020, a total of 3833 students were enrolled at the university.

Logo HMWKUniversity for Media, Communication and Business. The University for Media, Communication and Business offers degree programmes in design, journalism and communication, psychology and economics/management. In the winter semester 2019/2020, 2207 students were enrolled at the university. In addition to its campuses in Berlin and Frankfurt/Main, the University for Media, Communication and Business naturally also maintains a campus in the media city of Cologne.

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Study Business Administration and Management in NRW: Interesting degree programmes in the field of economics

In addition to the larger private universities that offer degree programmes in several subject areas, there are some smaller and more exclusive business schools in cities like Cologne that offer high-quality management degree programmes.

Here is an overview of some interesting Business Administration degree programs in NRW. You can find more degree programmes here: Business Administration, Management, Economics: A comparison of all degree programs at German business schools

CourseUniversityDurationFees

On-campus program
6 Semesterfrom 17964 € total
from 499 € monthly

On-campus program
6 Semesterfrom 30600 € total
from 850 € monthly

Part-time program
6 Semesterfrom 17280 € total
from 480 € monthly

Part-time program
7 Semesterfrom 12390 € total
from 295 € monthly

On-campus program
6 Semesterfrom 25020 € total
from 695 € monthly
Campus of the Fresenius University of Applied Sciences in Cologne.

Something with media: Interesting degree programmes in the Department of Media Studies

Cologne is the media city par excellence in NRW. No wonder that a number of media universities are located here and that some universities, such as the Macromedia University of Applied Sciences, maintain campuses in NRW.

Here is an overview of the most interesting degree programmes in the field of media studies in NRW: More of them: Study Media Sciences privately: 87 top Academic Programs compared

CourseUniversityDurationFees

On-campus program
6 Semesterfrom 25020 € total
from 695 € monthly

On-campus program
7 Semesterfrom 26100 € total
from 725 € monthly

On-campus program
6 Semester

On-campus program
6 Semesterfrom 25020 € total
from 695 € monthly

On-campus program
6 Semesterfrom 19764 € total
from 549 € monthly

On-campus program
6 Semester

On-campus program
7 Semesterfrom 26100 € total
from 725 € monthly

On-campus program
7 Semesterfrom 28770 € total
from 685 € monthly

Something with people: Interesting degree programmes from the fields of medicine, psychology and pedagogy

NRW has one big advantage for all those who want to study in the field of health and social affairs: The University of Witten/Herdecke is a private university where you can study medicine for the state examination. Witten is located in the south-eastern Ruhr region near Bochum.

There are also several other universities with psychology or business psychology degree programmes and with education degree programmes.

Here is an overview of the most interesting degree programmes:

CourseUniversityDurationFees

On-campus program
10 Semesterfrom 99300 € total

On-campus program
12 Semesterfrom 62880 € total

On-campus program
6 Semesterfrom 14364 € total
from 399 € monthly

On-campus program
6 Semesterfrom 25308 € total
from 703 € monthly

On-campus program
6 Semesterfrom 25488 € total
from 708 € monthly

On-campus program
6 Semesterfrom 19620 € total
from 545 € monthly
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