Seven of Europe’s leading applied research institutions operate research centres in Schleswig-Holstein:

  • Fraunhofer Institute for Silicon Technology (ISIT), Itzehoe
  • Fraunhofer Research Institute for Marine Biotechnology (EMB), Lübeck
  • GEOMAR/Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, Kiel
  • Helmholtz Centre for Materials and Coastal Research, Geesthacht
  • Borstel Research Centre/Leibniz Centre for Medicine and Biosciences, Borstel
  • Alfred Wegener Institute/Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research: Biological Institute on Helgoland and List Wadden Sea Station on Sylt
  • Max Rubner Institute/Institute for Microbiology and Biotechnology, Kiel


Number of students at universities in Schleswig-Holstein in the winter semesters 2019/ 2020 = 64.847

Universities in Schleswig-Holstein

Christian Albrecht University, Kiel


27,134 (as per winter semester 2018-19)
Professors: 404

Courses of Study:
Maths & Science Faculty: 5,700 students
Economics & Social Studies Faculty: 2,103 students
Technology Faculty: 2,173 students

Kiel University of Applied Science

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7,842 (as per winter semester 2018-19); 460 of them at the Department of Agriculture in Osterrönfeld near Rendsburg
Professors: 140

Courses of Study:
Information Science & Electrical Engineering: 1,149 students
Mechanical Engineering: 1,261 students
Economics: 1,759 students

Lübeck University

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4,774 (as per winter semester 2019)
Professors: 150

Courses of Study:
Medicine, Life Science,
Computer Science, and Engineering

Lübeck University of Applied Sciences


5,027 (as per winter semester 2018-2019)
Professors: 124

Courses of Study:
Applied Sciences: 980 students
Electrical Engineering & Information Science: 1,152 students
Mechanical Engineering & Economics: 1,147 students

Europe University Flensburg


5,840 (as per winter semester 2018-19)
Professors: 84

Courses of Study:
International Management: 493 students
Energy and Environmental
Culture and Society

Flensburg University of Applied Sciences

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3,830 (as per winter semester 2018-19)
Professors: 80

Courses of Study:
Biotechnology and Process Engineering
Computer Science
Marine and Energy Engineering
Business Administration, Informatics
International technical informations
Media Informatics

West Coast University of Applied Sciences


1,983 (as per winter semester 2018-19)
Professors: 31

Courses of Study:
Green Energy
Manangement and Technology
Economics and Law

Wedel University of Applied Sciences

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1,317 (as per winter semester 2018-19)
Professors: 21

Courses of Study:
Computer Science

Muthesius College of Art, Kiel


619 (as per winter semester 2018-2019)
Professors: 31

Courses of Study:
Fine Arts
Scenography / Interior Design
Communication and Industrial Design

Lübeck College of Music


405 (as per winter semester 2018-19)
Professors: 30

Courses of Study:
Arts and Music


Primary schools

After four years at primary school pupils move on to either of two secondary level 1 schools, a comprehensive or a grammar school.


Comprehensive schools

Comprehensive schools enable pupils to acquire one of the two lower school certificates: the less demanding Hauptschulabschluss or the more demanding Realschulsabschluss. Many of the comprehensive schools in Schleswig-Holstein also have a sixth form where pupils can study for their higher school certificate (Abitur) in nine years.


Grammar schools

Most grammar schools in Schleswig-Holstein offer pupils an eight-year path to the higher school certificate (Abitur).


Vocational schools/colleges

The wide-ranging curricula of Schleswig-Holstein’s vocational colleges offer students a vocational qualification designed for a specific occupation, as well as giving them the chance to acquire a broad spectrum of school or college certificates:

  • Vocational schools
  • Vocational grammar schools
  • Technical secondary schools
  • Higher vocational schools
  • Vocational colleges
  • Technical colleges