Kiel University is dedicated to research-based teaching and learning. Therefore, the development of new teaching approaches is evolving constantly at the interfaces between research from the different scientific disciplines. Students from all over the world benefit from this: research results are quickly integrated into programme curricula and our academic staff is trained in-state-of-the-art teaching methods.
Students can choose from 190 different degree programmes. They extend from more general to specialized ones, from single to interdisciplinary degrees and from basic to applied fields of study. Many degree programmes are even offered in English. Some Master's and doctoral programmes are also specialized for international students.
Kiel University strives to offer students of all backgrounds a vibrant and stimulating learning environment to promote the development of the individual. We encourage all our students to embrace diversity, challenge disciplinary boundaries and engage in an extended dialogue with society.
Term dates & deadlines
|Start of term||Apr 1, 2018|
|End of term||Sep 30, 2018|
|Start of lectures||Apr 2, 2018|
|End of lectures||Jul 20, 2018|
|Start of term||Oct 1, 2018|
|End of term||Mar 31, 2019|
|Start of lectures||Oct 15, 2018|
|End of lectures||Feb 18, 2019|
|Vacation||Dec 21 - Jan 4, 2019|
|Start of term||Apr 1, 2019|
|End of term||Sep 30, 2019|
|Start of lectures||Apr 1, 2019|
|End of lectures||Jul 12, 2019|
|Re-registration||Jun 1 - Aug 31|
|Application||Summer semester: Jan 15|
|Uni-ASSIST||Summer semester: Dec 15|
|Application||Winter semester: Jul 15|
|Uni-ASSIST||Winter semester: Jun 15|
Kiel University offers a wide range of degree programmes, which are available to international students: from agricultural studies to economics and sustainability studies. Erasmus students should only choose courses in subjects which our universities have bilateral agreements in. Please ask your home university for more information.
Every year the International Center offers several summer courses for international students and graduates from foreign universities in collaboration with other cooperation partners. These courses offer different levels of German according to the audience’s abilities.
- Germany today - language, society, nation, culture
- German for university studies - Prep Course for a semester abroad
- University of Utah Summer Course
ERASMUS is the successful EU's flagship education and training programme and has been funding cooperation among higher education institutions across Europe since 1987. It supports students, lecturers and university staff who want to spend time abroad.
ERASMUS+ is the programme’s 2014-2020 generation proposed by the European Commission for education, training, youth and sport, which has a budget of around €14.8 billion. About two million students will benefit from Erasmus+ by 2020, including more than a quarter of a million from Germany. ERASMUS+ student mobility promotes study visits and internships abroad. The staff mobility programme line promotes teaching assignments and stays abroad for training purposes. Special support is available for participants with disabilities and for students with children.
You are a student of one of our European Partner Universities and you would like to study at Kiel University as an ERASMUS exchange student for one or two semesters? We look forward to your application and hope to welcome you here soon!
Kiel University has several institutions that provide services for doctoral researchers and specific offers for foreign doctoral researchers.
In addition, the Graduate Center at Kiel University supports doctoral researchers in all matters relevant to their studies. The Graduate Center’s programmes and services are continuously updated and optimized according to the needs of doctoral researchers at Kiel University.
If you can imagine staying in Germany after your graduation in an English master programme and applying for a job, this new programme having started in the winter term 2017/18 is an ideal option for you. The preparation for the German job market is a project you should start with as early as possible and you should not delay it to the day after your graduation, especially if your German skills are still at a low level.
Application and admission
If you want to study at a German university, you will need a “university entrance qualification” (Hochschulzugangsberechtigung). This is your school-leaving certificate which qualifies you for university studies. If your secondary-school certificate is insufficient for study in Germany, you will have to attend a foundation course (“Studienkolleg”) before you are allowed to enrol. You can use the DAAD database on admission requirements to check whether your higher education entrance qualification is recognised in Germany.
In order to enrol for a degree programme at Kiel University, you need to take a DSH exam. Please note that only DSH exams which have been accredited by the HRK (German Rector’s Conference) will be recognized.
At Kiel University, intensive courses are offered that are particularly aimed at applicants who have received their university entrance qualification at a non-German institution. There are 3 course levels: Intermediate I, Intermediate II and Advanced. Admission to the preparatory course and placement in the respective level will be decided by the results of the placement test at the beginning of the semester. Each level lasts one semester. After completing Intermediate Level II, applicants will have the opportunity to take the matriculation German examination.
Some courses require special prior knowledge. These can be found in the "Studienqualifikationssatzung" (study qualification rules, PDF). Please hand in the "Bescheinigung über 'besondere Vorkenntnisse' gemäß Studienqualifikationssatzung" along with your application. This is proof for your future department confirming that you fulfil the requirements.
- Studienqualifikationssatzung (PDF)
- Bescheinigung über 'besondere Vorkenntnisse' gemäß Studienqualifikationssatzung
If you wish to apply for advanced semester status, your previous academic credentials must be accredited by means of a special form. Please check the "Examination Procedure Regulations" with the responsible examination authority.
In order to be accepted into any semester of a degree programme at Kiel University, all students with certificates from foreign educational institutions must go through the common application process with Uni-ASSIST (except programmes with special admission). You must complete the Uni-ASSIST online application form. Please note that you still have to post your application documents to Uni-ASSIST. Applying online by itself is not sufficient.
- Some Master’s programmes held in English require application via the respective departmental websites.
- If you already have a university degree and wish to do a PhD programme, please see the information about doctoral studies at Kiel University.
- You are an exchange student at one of our partner universities or have a scholarship from the City of Kiel (Stadt Kiel Stipendium) or from the Nordelbische Kirche? You can find information about a temporary stay for one or two semesters to study at Kiel University here.
- You want to study for one or two semesters at Kiel University? You are not nominated for economical support within a regulated exchange programme? If so, you can find information on how to apply as a guest student here.
- As an EU/EWR citizen who would like to apply for medicine, dentistry or pharmacy, you have to apply to the central office for applications at German universities called “Hochschulstart”.
- CAU Card - Student ID Card
- Re-registration for international students at Kiel University
- QIS, POS, LSF
- Change of contact details - Download of certificates
- Leave of absence from Kiel / University Notification of a pregnancy or nursing
- Exmatriculation - officially ending your enrolment
- Changing your major subject at Kiel University
- Guest auditor status
- Dual enrolment
- Advice at the International Center
- Advice for students with disabilities and chronic illnesses
- Further advisory services at the university
- Intercultural Mentor Programme at the Keys Skills Centre
- Student Associations
- Studying with Children
- Study buddy programme
- Tutors for students
- Tutors for doctoral candidates