Kiel University is Germany's northernmost state university and the scientific centre of Schleswig-Holstein. At our institutes, more than 27,000 students learn their trades, and about 2,000 scientists teach and do research in one of our eight faculties. Students are educated in 185 degree programmes and approximately 80 different areas ranging from agricultural science to zoology. The faculties with which Kiel University was founded in 1665 were the faculties of Arts and Humanities, Theology, Law, and Medicine. Since then, the following four additional faculties have been established: Mathematics and Natural Sciences; Business, Economics and Social Sciences; Engineering; and Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences. During its long history, the city of Kiel and the university have formed tight bonds. With its clinic, the university is one of the biggest employers in the region. It is a modern state university that interconnects academic cultures.
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 the 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's and Master's programmes, which are available in almost all disciplines. They are designed to make it easier for international students to get their degrees recognised in other countries. Kiel University also attaches great importance to the education of its doctoral candidates, who do research on their own and have established strong networks – such as research and training groups, graduate schools and the Graduate Center. Various international Summer Schools invite future students to get to know their areas of interest or to join supervised studies.
Connecting the various scientific areas has been given top priority by Kiel University because societal issues can often only be answered through collaboration of various disciplines. This enables scientists from all over the world to work together in Northern Germany.