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University of Kiel

3.7 out of 5 (21 ratings / 19 reviews) Kiel, Germany
Kiel University (also referred to as the CAU) uses research, teaching and the transfer of science to address the great challenges of our time in health, environmental and cultural change, nutrition and energy. In doing so, it ensures peace and preserves livelihoods for future generations. 

Master's Programmes

Agriculture & Forestry (1)
Engineering & Technology (1)
Medicine & Health (1)



Kiel University has an eventful history spanning more than 350 years. It started off as a state school, overcame upheaval and crises, finally developing into a successful international research centre.


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.


The CAU is Schleswig-Holstein’s only fully-fledged university with a major focus on research. Over time, four dynamic priority research areas have systematically developed which are based on strong disciplines interacting together - Marine Science, Life Science, Societal and Cultural Change, and Nano Surface & Interface Science. Each individual research area makes a substantial contribution towards dealing with at least one of the grand challenges of our time.


The CAU is embedded in an international network of scientific, cultural, political and economic contacts and partnerships. This way, the University became a vibrant member of the scientific community and the society, which provide important impulses for CAU's productive development in return.

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University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
501 -23
478 -25
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World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
251 -50
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
262 -9
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Student services

  • The Central Office for Gender Equality, Diversity and Family represents the areas of equality, mentoring, diversity, the Family Service and the Welcome Service for new appointees in particular.
  • Internal Auditing supports the University Board in carrying out its tasks, by process-independent and objective auditing activities and advisory services.

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. 

Student Life

Campus life

A new medical research and teaching campus for Kiel University is being constructed along Feldstraße. It will be formed out of three new research buildings, a new study centre and refurbished buildings at the area of the University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein (UKSH).

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.

Student Reviews

For those who wants to pursue a PhD
Anonymous rated 2 out of 5 stars

I was expecting to gain hands-on clinical practical experience but this is a preparation for purely academic research in biomedicine. If you plan to apply for a PhD in the future this degree is for you. I wanted to pursue a career in clinical laboratory but it seems that I am in the wrong program.

Kiel University stuff
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Although I just enrolled the university, I should mention that all university stuff is helpful for achieving your goal.

Geography B. Sc. in Kiel
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

In Kiel we have the Geomar which is well known for its climate and marine research. The great thing is that even if you're not signed in directly to a program at Geomar you can still go there and take most of the classes. I enjoy studying in Kiel and having all these opportunities. In the Geography program they'll make your life a li bit hard if you really want to focus on...