Preparing your stay in Kiel

What do I have to do to study at Kiel University via ERASMUS+? 

In order to get a place at Kiel University as part of the exchange programme, you need to apply at your home institution (ERASMUS office). The application procedure is set out by your home institution, which then nominates you to the International Center at Kiel University. You will receive a welcome e-mail from us after this nomination, containing all the key information for applying online.

Once your application documents have been reviewed, and our faculty has confirmed its approval, you will receive an admission letter together with all the important information on arrival, registration, orientation events and living in Kiel.

More information about the admission as an ERASMUS incoming and the links for online application can be found at:

What to I have to do to study at Kiel University as normal guest or exchange student?

If you are a student at one of the partner universitiy of Kiel University or have a scholarship from the city of Kiel (Stadt Kiel Stipendium) or from the Nordelbische Kirche, you will find information for a temporary stay of one or two semesters to study at Kiel University here:
If it is your wish to study for one or two semesters at Kiel University and  you are not nominated for economical support within a regulated exchange programme with Kiel University, you will find information on how to apply as a guest student here:

Where can I find an accommodation?

As the University of Kiel is not a campus university you need to inform yourself on time for public housing opportunities, for example on the housing market or in dormitories. Important information about housing can be found at: 

The dormitories in Kiel do not belong to Kiel University but to other organisations. These organisations reserve a small number of rooms for international students which the International Center allocates. 

The chances of obtaining a room in a dormitory can be improved by submitting an application to the International Center before the deadlines listed below. The rent in the different dormitories currently amounts to approximately EUR 170,- to EUR 220,- per month.  The renting period in the dormitories is six months. Therefore the renting contracts always have to be signed for these six months: 

  • For the winter semester (application deadline June 15th) the renting period will be from September 1st of a given year until February 28th of the following year.
  • For the summer semester (application deadline January 15th) the renting period will be from March 1st until August 31st of the same year.

 Only in a few exceptional cases rental contracts can be signed for a different period of time. For this reason, it should be assumed that rent will have to be paid for the room for one or two months although the room has not been yet or is no longer occupied. In spite of this, we recommend to decide for a room in a dormitory if it becomes available and to accept the terms of the contract. It is difficult to find rooms on the private housing market at a reasonable price and often real estate agent fees and expensive deposits have to be paid.


Where can I get general information about financial assictance, visa, residency permit, health insurance etc.? 

General service information can be found at:

If you have further questions regarding these topics to not hesitate to contact the ERASMUS Coordinator.


How good do my German skills have to be?

Students should have at least a basic knowledge of German or should make an intensive language course before the semester begins because most courses are offered in German. However ERASMUS-Students do not need an official proof of their language skills.