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Entfalten in Krefeld

Wherever there’s a pioneering spirit and a tradition of product innovation, you’ll find the facilitators close by. Offering more than 70 courses at locations in Krefeld and Mönchengladbach, the Hochschule Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences not only trains the technical experts and scientists of today but the creative minds of tomorrow. Its graduates are in demand in Germany and around the world. About 1,000 apprentices start their career in Krefeld every year. Krefeld is not just brimming with education but offers training opportunities that allow you to develop your professional skills or simply to think outside the box. Are you new to the city? You are bound to find like-minded people in one of the many professional and social networks where you can talk about subjects that interest you in an open and friendly atmosphere. And since the apple does not fall far from the tree, Krefeld boasts a range of nurseries, schools and educational initiatives that encourage creativity and inquisitiveness even among the littlest ones. Enjoy developing in Krefeld!

How developing in Krefeld feels

Innovative, creative and cosmopolitan.

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Kinder sind in Krefeld willkommen!

From high above on the Hülser Berg mountain, to the wild adventure of Krefeld Zoo and the historic atmosphere at Burg Linn castle, children are free to play in more than 161 playgrounds in Krefeld and let their imagination run wild. And when it comes to children’s and teenagers’ favourite hobbies, Krefeld isn’t found wanting: from football clubs to dance academies and cultural institutions, there is something for everyone – and the popular chill out zone in Krefeld’s Stadtwald park is also great in the summer for meeting up with friends. Should boredom take over, the CinemaxX at the railway station and the open air cinema at the racecourse always show the latest blockbusters. Sputnik has something special for younger children in the Fabrik Heeder cultural centre. As well as many other cultural events, the Krefeld Stadtwald park celebrates World Children’s Day every year in the summer and hosts organised games and activities under the “Spiel ohne Ranzen” banner during the first three weeks of school holidays.


Studieren in Krefeld

Krefeld and the Lower Rhine are part of the Rhine-Ruhr Metropolitan Region, the region with the highest university density in Europe. If you want to study in Krefeld, you can do so at the Hochschule Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences, for example. Around 14,500 young people are currently studying more than 80 degree programs at the second largest University of Applied Sciences in North Rhine-Westphalia, with campuses in Krefeld and Mönchengladbach, Courses include chemistry, design, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering. In addition to full-time, part-time and dual (day-release) courses, triple education is also on offer: this combines training in a trade with a master craftsman qualification and a bachelor’s degree in business. The FernUniversität Hagen – the only state-run distance learning university in Germany – also offers a wide range of opportunities for students. The study centre in Krefeld is, among other things, a contact point for course-related events and counselling.

Courses at the Hochschule Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences

Talent promotion

Forscher und kreative Geister wecken

In Krefeld, various programmes to encourage young talent are being actively promoted and deployed in day-to-day academic life. For example, the KReMINTec initiative which inspires students from the 8th grade through targeted promotion of STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and promotes talent in these disciplines. The initiatives focus on actively networking with business or educational institutes, including “Girls Day” and “Boys Day”. Based on equal opportunities for all, girls and boys in the 8th grade are invited to the initiative’s partner institution, the Hochschule Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences, to explore study courses and careers.

Events in the beokalender career choices calendar


In die Zukunft starten

Each year, just over 1,000 young people start in-company apprenticeships at organisations in Krefeld. In addition, 4 modern Berufskolleg vocational colleges, with a wide range of educational opportunities, offer full-time education to those starting a career in Krefeld: Berufskolleg Kaufmannsschule der Stadt Krefeld, Berufskolleg Vera Beckers as well as Berufskolleg Uerdingen and Berufskolleg Glockenspitz.


Chamber of Commerce’s apprenticeship marketplace

Job Centre’s training places

Life-long learning

Wissen für Berufstätige

Want to build on your strengths and learn new skills? You can in a city that not only offers attractive prospects for your career, but also boasts further education options like no other. At the Hochschule Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences’ Centre for Continuing Education, for example, you can learn new subjects while working. With practical professional certificate courses, compact advanced training courses or in-work Master courses, you can open up new opportunities for your career. Other private educational institutions and the wide range of courses from the IHK Chamber of Commerce and Volkshochschule Krefeld adult education centre complete the educational options for anyone thirsty for knowledge.

Further education at the Hochschule Niederrhein
Further education at the Volkshochschule Krefeld


Krefelder Schullandschaft

There are about 30 elementary schools and just as many secondary schools to choose from – including 9 secondary schools, 6 comprehensive schools and 6 schools for children with special needs. A Montessori centre consisting of a ƒchildren’s house, elementary school and comprehensive school is located north of the city centre. There are also 2 fee-paying schools and an independent Waldorf school in Krefeld. Three international schools are located nearby in Neuss and Düsseldorf.

Classified list of all schools


Es gibt in Krefeld viele Angebote, die es für ein Leben mit Kind attraktiv machen.
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Your questions

Ist Krefeld eine Studentenstadt?

Krefeld is definitely a student-friendly city with its low rents, cool districts with historic buildings and diverse leisure opportunities nearby. Around 1,500 students from the Hochschule Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences live in the city.

Wo kann ich in Krefeld neue Leute kennenlernen?

The Neu in Krefeld (New in Krefeld) Facebook group has grown into a weekly meetup, which takes place every Thursday in a different location in the city. Maybe you want to join in? Volunteering, sports classes or professional networks are also an excellent way to meet people in your new home town. Or why not take a course with like-minded people at the Volkshochschule Krefeld adult education centre?

Welche Anlaufstellen gibt es, wenn ich den beruflichen Wiedereinstieg suche?

The Runder Tisch Frau und Beruf (Round Table Woman and Work network) offers a variety of advice and support services as well as events about returning to work. Do you have further questions or are looking to contact to like-minded people? At the monthly Wiedereinstiegscafé meeting at Café MARI, your questions and options about returning to work can be explored in a relaxed atmosphere.

Kann ich mich in Krefeld ehrenamtlich engagieren?

The Freiwilligenzentrum Krefeld volunteer centre is the best place to go if you are interested in volunteering in the city. The centre’s advisors will help you find activities suit to your personal strengths and availability.

Für Zahlenmenschen

100 around day care centres

64 schools

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Für Besserwisser

  • The Rhine-Ruhr Metropolitan Region has the highest university density in Europe.
  • Hochschule Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences is the second largest University of Applied Sciences in North Rhine-Westphalia.
  • Over 7,000 patents have been filed in the city since the German Patent Office was established.
  • CDs made from Makrolon. The plastic invented in Krefeld revolutionized the music industry.