Admission to doctoral studies

We are pleased that you are interested in completing doctoral studies at Kiel University. If you have already acquired a study qualification (e.g. Master or Diplom) which entitles you for the doctoral program, you will find all the necessary information about application and admission here.

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We are pleased that you are interested in completing doctoral studies at Kiel University. 

You will find further information about life in Kiel and general information about Kiel University in our flyer: starting your doctoral studies - essential information .

Application documents for a doctoral study:

Kiel University provides special assistance to graduate students. 
The Graduate Center offers a wide range of services and programmes especially for international doctoral candidates.

Moreover, all our Faculties have especially appointed contact persons who can advise you on issues related to Doctoral Studies.

Please note for German language graduation:
  In order to enrol for a programme of study at Kiel University, you will have to have successfully completed a DSH test, which has been accredited by the HRK (German Rector's Conference)! Contact:

Department German as a Foreign Language

To find out whether your academic certificates entitle you to study at a German university, please visit the website of the Central Office for Foreign Educational Affairs (ZAB) at: (Only available in German.)


New Welcome App for international doctoral researchers!

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The Welcome App provides information and guidance for international doctoral researchers from departure in their country of origin to their arrival at Kiel University...

The Welcome App is an information hub for all questions and problems that might arise before, during, or after arrival in Kiel. Users of the app will find an overview of a wide variety of topics: From preparations in their country of origin, to travel and stay in Germany, and as well as specific questions and problems regarding their doctoral research. The information is available in English and German and tries to provide comprehensive advice. In addition, the contact details of other contact persons can be found in each topic area, should there be a need for further advice. 

The Welcome App is a cooperative project between the International Center and the Graduate Center

No installation or registration is required to use the app. It can easily be accessed on all browser-enabled devices via a link and only requires the entry of the assigned password. 

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