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Vocational College

The Nicolaus-August-Otto-Vocational College (NAOB) started in 1964 as one of only a few technical colleges in Germany specializing in automotive engineering. Meanwhile, we also offer vocational training in transport within the German dual system. Every year about 1700 students attend our courses. The staff consists of 54 teachers. It is possible to achieve vocational qualifications in automotive engineering and transport as well as general educational qualifications. We also offer courses to achieve a higher qualification as a certified technician in automotive or body and vehicle engineering.


With about 1 million inhabitants Cologne is the biggest city in North Rhine-Westfalia. It is a historic city founded by the Romans and is famous for its Gothic cathedral. Nicolaus August Otto invented his world-wide successful combustion engine here. Media, automotive and chemical companies are important employers. The German subsidiary of the Ford Motor company is based in Cologne. Situated on the river Rhine the city offers a diversity of cultural events and leisure activities.

International Experience

In the past 15 years the NAOB has taken part in several European projects with partners in Italy, Turkey, Portugal, Romania and Austria. In addition, we have exchanged students with partners in France, Belgium, Hungary and Russia.

Our Idea of a Partnership

We are looking for partners for an exchange of trainees in the fields of automotive engineering or transport. The idea is to organize internships of about three weeks in local companies. We work with students at EQF Level 4. We would also like to exchange ideas and practices in vocational education and training and start a strategic partnership project.

Our Aims

We would like to give our trainees the chance to experience training and work in other European countries. The cultural exchange should increase their abilities to work with people from a different cultural background as well as their self-confidence and international mobility. They should also improve their competence in foreign languages.