Institut für Ernährungswirtschaft und Verbrauchslehre



Dear ERASMUS+-student,


This website gives you an overview on studying in Kiel and, especially, informs you about studying at the Institute of Food Economics and Consumption Studies as an International Student.

There is information about the city of Kiel and the University, as well as the offered courses at our Institute and the Faculty. Moreover, you can find notes on further contact points for support and assistance concerning your stay.

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Kiel!

Kiel Panorama
[Foto: J. Haacks/Uni Kiel]


If you have any further questions you are welcome to contact or visit the
Departmental Coordinator of the Institute of Food Economics and Consumption Studies:

Caroline Dubbert
Johanna-Mestorf-Str. 5, Room 114a
24118 Kiel, Germany

Tel.: +49 (0)431 880-5037
Fax: +49 (0)431 880-7308

Consultation hour: every wednesday between 3 and 4 pm


Kiel and the University

Kiel is a special city!

Kiel is the capital of Schleswig-Holstein - the northern state of Germany - not far located from the open Baltic sea. Its charm is enhanced by its long tradition as a port and nautical centre. At quays located directly behind the central railway station, the ferries of the Scandinavian lines dock alongside chooners and cruising ships.

Generally, the sea is simply part of life in Kiel. 

Kiel is a Sailing City!

The city's annual »Kieler Woche« is the world's largest sailing festival. It is held annually in June and attracts visitors from all over the world who gather to see the sailor's races, enjoy the concerts and cultural activities, as well as culinary specialities.

Many students do water sports as a free time activity here. There are lots of different possibilities including sailing, wind/kite surfing, rowing, and more. 

Kiel is a University City!

Over the centuries, the University has forged close links with the city. Just as the body of students attending CAU (Christian-Albrechts-University) has increased to over 25,000, so the range of subjects offered has long been extended to include economics, the natural sciences, agriculture, engineering, and education sciences. In the former workplace of Max Planck and Heinrich Hertz, the teaching staff of 600 passes on its knowledge to students from Germany and more than a hundred other countries.

Kiel is well aware of its special role as the only university in Schleswig-Holstein offering a spectrum of subjects sufficiently wide enough to serve the requirements of school-graduates in the region seeking a university education within their own federal state. At the same time, its clear academic profile and areas of specialization reflect a determination to accept the challenge of national and international competition among universities. Some 2,000 foreign students are currently enrolled at CAU. In view of the constantly increasing importance of international academic collaboration and the geographical location of the university it is strengthening its already close links with the neighbouring countries of Scandinavia and the Baltic region. CAU has also established far-ranging academic relationships on the basis of  partnership agreements with 59 universities in Europe, the Americas and Asia. These official channels are complemented by the personal links between members of CAU staff and their fellow scholars around  the world, which bring about guest lecturers, new research projects, and a lively exchange of information and students.

The Institute of Food Economics and Consumption Studies belongs to the Faculty of Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences. Besides, the Faculty consists of nine more institutes:



As the courses and research topics of these institutes might be interesting for you as well, feel free to have a closer look at their websites, too. 

Academic Information

The official study terms at the CAU Kiel are the following:

  • Winter semester (WS): October, 1st - March, 31st
  • Summer semester (SS): April, 1st - September, 30th


Please look at the Fact Sheet of the International Office to check when lectures start exactly in the term you are planning to come. Be aware that the dates change on a yearly basis.



You can find a general list of all the Faculty's courses (german/english) here and a seperate list of the courses offered in English is available here.
To get an idea about the structure, content and examination of a course, look at the descriptions which you can find here.

In the course schedule you can see which courses are offered, by whom and when. In the upper right corner you can switch between the schedules of different semesters. Please keep in mind that the provided data for upcoming semesters still might be subject to some changes.

Further Contacts and Support

International Center

The International Center will be your most important contact point before and during your stay.

On the Website you can find a lot of information about the city of Kiel, the university, accommodation, language preparation, etc., so you can get a first impression of living in Kiel. On top it might be helpful and supportive for you in your preparations and during your stay.

The International Center offers great opportunities to get in touch with other international students and make the most out of your time in Kiel, directly from the beginning of your stay. So have a look at their program like orientation days, seminars, trips and cultural events, too, as this might be interesting for you.

International Center
Westring 400
24118 Kiel
Tel.: +49 (0)431 880-3715
Fax: +49 (0)431 880-1666


If you have any financial or bureaucratic problems you can contact the counsellor for all international students:

Jan Bensien
International Center
Westring 400, R.02.17
24118 Kiel

Tel: +49 (0)431 880-3716
Opening Hours

Deutsches Studentenwerk

„Studentenwerke“ are offices of general Student Services. They offer lots of useful general information about studying in Germany, too. You can have a look at their website here

The regional „Studentenwerk Schleswig-Holstein (SH)“ prepared a comprehensive brochure for international students studying in Kiel. Here you can find an overview about academic and public institutions, hints about how to find an accomodation, some guidance for starting your stay in Germany and remarks about everyday life.

Study Buddy Pogram

The “Studentenwerk Schleswig-Holstein” also offers an exchange student participation of the “Study Buddy Program".
The “Study Buddy Program" aims to encourage contact between international students and students in Kiel. Every international applicant of the Study Buddy Program will be given the opportunity of a 1to1 exchange with a German “Buddy”. Since it is a free and voluntary program, the form and frequency of the exchange depends greatly on the individual “Buddies.”
The exchange with a German student can help making the start of studying in Kiel a lot easier, since your buddy can provide you expert knowledge as well as concrete support while finding your way through the German bureaucratic system. 

For further information and application please visit the website of the Studentenwerk SH.

On request even an arrival-service is offered. Just check what they offer and get in touch!