More on Cologne
School and Kindergarten
School system – The North-Rhine-Westphalian school system starts with elementary school (grades 1-4). Elementary school is determined by residential district and thus assigned by the city of Cologne. After that, children continue with visiting secondary school: Either a secondary school (certificate of secondary education after 9th grade, general certificate of secondary education after 10th grade) or grammar school (diploma after 13th grade). Aside from state schools, Cologne has multiple international and bilingual schools, where we advise our customers to apply early, because capacities are limited.
Cologne international school: https://if-koeln.de/
St. George school: https://www.stgeorgesschool.com/cologne
An application in private as well as public institutions is possible via the city’s online tool “little-bird”. The city assigns daycare options through this tool and there are clerical, public as well as private and bilingual daycare-centers in Cologne and its surroundings. A legal claim for cost-free daycare in a public institution is possible from children aged one. In Cologne itself the visiting of a public kindergarten is free of charge for the last two years before a child enters school. Then parents only need to cover the cost for meals in the respective institution. Before that, the costs depend on the family’s individual situation and the scope of care requested.
Further information can be found here: https://portal-koeln.little-bird.de/
Living in Cologne
The landmark of Cologne is the Dome – More than 6 million people visit it per year. The cathedral has the 2nd highest churchtower of Europe and is a tourist magnet in Germany. The view from the church spire is unique: The whole city of Cologne and, when the weather is good, one can see as far as the Siebengebirge behind the city of Bonn.
The fourth biggest city of Germany offers a varied cultural life as well: One can find historic narrow alleyways, shopping miles and international events. The districts of Cologne all have their own characteristics and are diverse.
The river Rhine defines the cityscape and offers a green shore, beaches and, downtown, a much-visited boulevard. Countless museums, concerts, the Opera, and theaters offer varied events throughout the year. The city impresses. Let yourself in on the Cologne spirit of life.