The University of Kiel is the oldest, largest and best-known university of Schleswig-Holstein in Germany. Over 3,700 international students are enrolled in the university. The university offers more than 190 degree programs across 8 academic faculties. More than 27,000 students are currently enrolled at University of Kiel programs.

As a public German university, University of Kiel doesn’t charge any tuition fees. However, unlike other universities, it doesn't offer any scholarships to international students. Those seeking funding to study at University of Kiel, need to explore external funding options like DAAD Scholarships, Heinrich Boll Scholarship, etc.


University of Kiel Rankings

  • US News and World Report for 2022

#262 in Best Global Universities,

#113 Best Global Universities in Europe,

#20 in Best Global Universities in Germany

  • #521-530 in QS World University Rankings for 2023
  • #301-500 (2019) in Graduate Employability Rankings


University of Kiel Programs

The University of Kiel has 8 faculties that collectively offer 190-degree programs for students. In addition to offering study programs in nearly 80 subject areas, the university also organizes summer schools for international students to get better acquainted with university lifestyle and academic demands.

University of Kiel Campus & Accommodation
  • Kiel comprises Centre for Teacher Education, Computing centre and has numerous e- learning services.
  • University of Kiel is home to a graduate centre, international centre, and key skills centre. Kiel Library has a special library for the institute of English studies and workshops.
  • All international students must directly contact the Studentenwerk Schleswig-Holstein for accommodation.
  • Currently, the rent for these dormitories ranges from EUR 190 to EUR 230. Doctoral students are not eligible for Studentenwerk housing but may avail of accommodation in private residence halls or apartments.


Admission Requirements:

  • Higher Education Entrance Qualification; Bachelor’s Degree (required for graduate programs)
  • Apply online via Uni-assist
  • CV, Letter of Motivation, Thesis Summary (masters & doctoral programs)
  • Proof of German Language Proficiency: DSH 2; TestDaF Level 4; telc German C1 University [The European Language Certificate]; German Language Diploma [DSD 2]; German Language Test 2 [Munich Institute of Languages and Interpreters]; Goethe Certificate C2
  • Valid ID Passport
  • Proof of Health Insurance
  • Proof of adequate financial means (Ability to spend at least € 670 per month)


University of Kiel Tuition & Other Costs

The University of Kiel does not charge its students a tuition fee for the duration of their study. However, a social fee of 259 EUR must be paid each semester.