Welcome to Kiel

The most significant natural feature of Kiel is „die Förde“, the fyord. Kiel is located directly on the Baltic Sea, and the fyord divides the city into the colloquial “west shore” and “east shore”. If you drive north along the west shore, you will reach the Kiel Canal, the busiest man-made waterway in the world.

The main campus of the university is located on the west shore, south of the Kiel Canal, in the district of Ravensberg.

Except for the Department of Computer Science the Faculty of Engineering is located on the east shore in the district of Gaarden.

You can find basic information about the city of Kiel on the pages “Portrait of Kiel.”

The brochure  “Meine neue Stadt – Clever mobil in Kiel” (in German only) contains many useful information about public transport and biking in Kiel.

You can find information about biking tours for new inhabitants of Kiel here.

Information for new colleagues at Kiel University

Dear new colleagues,

It might take a while before you become familiar with the organizational structure of our university, particularly its central administration. Below you can find links which lead you to information which might help you at the start and might make it easier for you to get to know your employer and your work environment.

Please take some time and surf our webpages at to discover our university.

The Department of Continuing Education will soon invite you to an introductory course specifically designed for new employees of the university, which will describe the function of the university, its structure and organization.

You can find current information in our intranet; you can find a link to it on our homepage. You can find more information on “A – Z Infos aus der Verwaltung” (A to Z Information from the administration).

If you are interested in important aspects of the daily business of Kiel University such as e.g. legal issues, committees and much more, please have a look at the the website of the University Board Management.


On its webpages the Welcome-Service of Kiel University presents special information for new colleagues concerning issues such as child care or accommodation.

To the Webpages of the Welcome-Service

Welcoming new professors

Each semester the University Board offers new professors the opportunity to introduce themselves to the university and to get to know the Board, the central administration and their fellow academics.

The event welcoming new professors begins with the introduction of the professors who have lately joined the university by the President. They also have the opportunity to introduce themselves. The University Board then explains the structure and the function of the university and welcomes the members of the central administration, the service centres and the central services units that are present. This is followed by a reception.

The welcoming event usually takes place in the exhibition rooms of the Zoological Museum (Hegewischstr.3) in the winter term and in the Mediterranean house of the Botanical Garden (Am Botanischen Garten 1-9) in the summer term.

Course for new employees of the university offered by the Department of Continuing Education

The Department of Continuing Education regularly organizes the course “Kiel University as an employer – interesting facts for new colleagues from administration and engineering”. It gives new employees the opportunity to learn about the structure and organization of the university.

Further information about the course for new employees of the university offered by the Department of Continuing Education