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University of Kiel

  • 293 QS World University Rankings 2013
  • 396 QS World University Rankings 2014
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About University of Kiel

The University of Kiel (CAU) is the only comprehensive university and scientific center of Schleswig-Holstein.Here studying more than 24,000 young people, teach here researching some 2,000 scientists. Of the agricultural sciences to dentistry, it trains in currently 185 courses and about 80 different subjects. Among the four founding faculties theology, law, medicine and philosophy were added since 1665 remaining: natural sciences and humanities, business, agricultural and food science and technology. Throughout its history, the Christian-Albrechts-University is closely adherent to the city of Kiel. Together with the clinic she is now the largest employer in the region. It sees itself as a modern comprehensive university affiliated academic cultures. 

As a state university, the university accepts a special responsibility: it offers students from Schleswig-Holstein a wide choice of subjects, so that they can study in the country and it offers a clear academic profile they for national and international students and guests makes them attractive. Also contribute to the Bachelor and Master study programs, which are implemented in almost all fields of study, and foreign students to facilitate the recognition of their achievements. The CAU also attaches great importance to the education of their doctoral candidates, carry out research independently and are well connected, for example, in Research Training Groups, Graduate Schools or Graduate Center. Various international summer schools invite furthermore to get to know or supervised studies a. 

To connect the different scientific disciplines has at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität top priority, because the social issues can often be answered only by the cooperation of different disciplines. These commonalities bring researchers together from around the world here in northern Germany. 

Campus information

Once enrolled, the Christian-Albrechts-University allows Kiel (CAU), to make it more freshmen and new students to study start and the orientation on the university campus as easy as possible.

Numerous orientation activities of faculties, institutes and student councils provide a first insight into the organization of studies and the timetabling and support the contact with fellow students.

Kiel is the seat of government and the biggest city in Schleswig-Holstein, and its size officially qualifies it as a small metropolis. The advantage
in this is that it is easy to get around in the City on the Baltic. The University, the beach or the park are never far away.

To get to the university:

  • Arrival by airplane: From Hamburg Airport you can take the airport shuttle »Kielius«, which makes the trip between Hamburg Airport and Kiel up to 19 times daily.
  • Arrival by train: Kiel has a major train station with a modern rail-to-bike service. This bicycle station possesses a service point with its own workshop, and it offers a parking garage for bicycles that is open 24 hours. The parking facility has over 600 spots under surveillance and protected from the elements.

From the railway station, you can take a bus or taxi to the University, your student dormitory or wherever you're staying. Taxis wait outside the north exit (straight ahead), and buses are outside the west exit (to the left).


Kiel University’s guest houses are where international researchers reside during their limited stays at the University, whether they are in Kiel to teach, do research or undergo specialised training. With the grand opening of its new guest house as of  1st September 2008, Kiel University can now has more than three guest houses that provide a total of 74 residential units containing 120 beds in a choice location in Kiel.

The Guest House for international scientists and academics was the first Guest House of Kiel University built in 1974 on a beautiful estate in the wooded Düsternbrook neighbourhood, directly on the fjord. In 2008, an extension was built on the huge lawn of the Guest House.

The Internationales Begegnungszentrum/IBZ, which opened on 1st November 1989, became the second Guest House of Kiel University. Its location is one of the most beautiful in Kiel, directly on the fjord and still within walking distance of the centre of the city.


Courses available 10

Accounting & Finance 1 Agriculture Studies 1 Applied, Pure Sciences 2 Business, Management 1 Computer Science, IT 1 Creative Arts & Design 1 Engineering 1 Health and Medicine 1 Humanities & Social Sciences 2


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