Kiel University


Kiel University is Germany's northernmost state university and the scientific center of Schleswig-Holstein. More than 24,000 students learn their trade at our institutes. About 2,000 scholars teach and do research in one of our eight faculties. They educate students in 185 degree programs and approximately 80 different areas. Founding members of Kiel University in 1665 were the faculties of:

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Theology
  • Law
  • Medicine


Since then, four additional faculties have been established:

  • Mathematics and Natural Sciences
  • Business, Economics and Social Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences


With its clinic, the university is one of the biggest employers in the region. It sees itself as a modern state university of interconnecting academic cultures.

Further information about research topics and provided services

As a state institution, Kiel University has a special responsibility: It offers students from Schleswig-Holstein a broad range of subjects so they can study in state. Contributing to this are the bachelor and master programs, which are available in almost all disciplines. They are designed to make it easier for international students to get their degrees accepted. Various international Summer Schools invite future students to get to know their area of interest or to join supervised studies.

Kiel's geographical location by the ocean is the basis for the wide-ranging and internationally recognized marine research carried out here. The Cluster of Excellence ► »The Future Ocean« is the field of work for about 200 scientists. Anyone working in the area of Life Sciences today will know Kiel University. An outstanding collaborative project within this research focus is the Cluster of Excellence ► »Inflammation at Interfaces«. As many as 200 scientists want to deepen their understanding of chronic inflammations triggered by disturbances on the interfaces of organs such as skin or mucous membranes.

The Graduate School ► »Human Development in Landscapes« which is part of the social science research focus "Societal, Environmental and Cultural Change" trains excellent young scientists in collaboration with the Natural and Medical Sciences. The Baltic Sea is a topic central to numerous areas in the Arts and Humanities. The scientific focus "Northern and Eastern Europe" deals in an interdisciplinary manner with cultures of the Baltic Sea area, including legal and social systems, language and history.

»Nano Science and Surface Research« is carried out at the highest level by members of both the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences and the Faculty of Engineering. Scientists from Nano Science, Materials Science and Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Bionics, Electrical and Information Engineering, Computer Science, and other medical disciplines along with partners from all over northern Germany are striving to analyse how microscopic elements function and may be regulated.

Being "family friendly" is a high priority at Kiel University. The parents among the students and employees might be interested to know that the university was certified as family friendly in 2002 for the first time through the nation-wide "audit familiengerechte hochschule" by berufundfamilie gGmbH. Last year, Kiel University was awarded the certificate for the fourth time. The university is constantly working to make it easier for students with small children to keep their schedules. In order to draw qualified employers, the university tries to establish a family friendly work policy. As a recognised partner of top level sports, Kiel University supports its ambitious sports students so that they can manage both - elite sports such as beach volleyball or sailing, and their studies.

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