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University of Kiel

4.1 out of 5 (21 ratings / 13 reviews) Kiel, Germany
Kiel University is Germany's northernmost State University and the scientific centre of Schleswig-Holstein. At our institutes, more than 26,000 students learn their trade, about 2,000 scientists teach and do research in one of our eight faculties. They educate students in 185 degree programs and approximately 80 different areas ranging from Agricultural Science to Zoology. 

Master's Programmes

Natural Sciences & Mathematics (5)
Agriculture & Forestry (3)
Engineering & Technology (1)
Medicine & Health (1)



The University of Kiel bears the name of its founder, Duke Christian Albrecht of Schleswig-Holstein-Gottorf, who established the university for his Duchy in the year 1665 – only seventeen years after the end of the Thirty Years' War.


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. Kiel University also offers a clearly structured scientific profile that attracts students from all over Germany and the world. 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.


The main focus of the research group „Genetics & Bioinformatics“ is on the identification and basic molecular characterization of genetic susceptibility loci. We employ genome-wide association studies (GWAS) as the main tool to identify genetic susceptibility loci in complex inflammatory diseases. Sample preparation, data generation and analysis all take place in-house, which implies that we are also developing protocols and management systems for these tasks.


The Career Center at Kiel University supports you on your way from study to work! They offer seminars, lectures and career events.They also give you individual advice to the labor market, job search, job application, career and internship.Target group: all students, PhD & graduates of Kiel University.

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Student services

The International Center (IC) at Kiel University promotes and supports the University’s relationships with other institutions internationally. It is the point of contact in all questions concerning partnerships between universities, international contacts, advising of international researchers, admissions, advising and assisting of international students, and the advising of Kiel University's students on studying or interning outside of Germany.

Housing services

The International Center accepts applications only from the following students:

  • participants of the Erasmus exchange programme
  • stipend holders of Kiel's partner universities (England, France, USA, Poland, Russia, Japan, and Korea)
  • stipend holders of the City of Kiel (Stadt Kiel - Stipendien)
  • DNSZ - stipend holders
  • DAAD students and scholars of the Nordelbische Kirche

The rent in the various dormitories is currently € 190,00 to € 230,00 per month.

Library services

The Institute for Science Education's library in Kiel is a specialized scientific reference library. At present, the library comprises ca. 35,000 media units, 50 e-books and it also subscribes to 110 scholarly journals. Momentarily the e-book stock is being widely extended.

Medical services

You can chose between private and statutory (public) health insurance carriers and companies in Germany. Up until you turn 30 years of age (or up to the 14th full study semester) you must essentially be insured by a statutory health insurance carrier. Only in exceptions will you be allowed to take out private insurance. Please check this with the International Center. But before you transfer to a private insurance company, please also remember that you can then no longer move back to a statutory health insurance fund while you are studying.

Student Life

Sports facilities

You are looking for an opportunity to discover new kinds of sports, to exercise your favorite kind of sports or to actively balance your studies?

University Sports of Kiel University is the right place for you. A wide-ranging offer of courses, the free sports and games offer, but also the close proximity of our sports facilites as well as our close coopereation with the Fitness Center FiZ, located at Olshausenstr. 71, provide you with a maximum of sporting variety and possibilities for socializing. On the following pages, you can find all there is to know about our institution and our offer.


The Master's programme Medical Life Sciences has been accredited by ASIIN.

Student Reviews

overall a good experience
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I enjoyed the chance of studying two bachelors at the same time, it enabled me to focus on those things I really wanted to. Organisation anyway was complicated sometimes, due to overlaps in the schedule. But you choose your own timetable, which is pretty nice, because you are quite flexible and can work beside your studies. Teaching quality is good I would say. Especially...

Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

The Economics study program is quite theoretical with lots of models, calculations, inferences. It matchs perfect with people who would like to pursue high studying degree or people working in research field. The university has quite a lot qualified professors with many years in teaching experiences. The facility is not exceptional but it is good enough for students.

My Educational Experience in Kiel University, Germany
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

Honestly speaking, its being a wonderful academic/professional journey I must confess, filled with mix feelings though. Firstly, I needed to adapt as quickly as possible to my new environment, new culture, friends, Lecturers and above all new approach of learning and exams. This was really fascinating. Secondly, the program is really interesting and well structured....