About the Department of Political Science

Kiel University was one of the first...


... to establish a chair for Political Science in Germany after World War II. Nowadays, more than 60 years later, the Department of Political Science has developed into an integral part of the Institute of Social Sciences with approximately 1700 students and many exchange and guest students from abroad visiting every year. Interdisciplinary approaches and practice-orientation are given special emphasis at the Department of Political Science. Therefore, we maintain close relationships to the University's faculties of Sociology, Philosophy, History, Economics, and Law and ensure that experts of practice are regularly integrated in the teaching programs. The Department's students benefit from having access not only to the University library and the Institute's library of Political Science, but also to the library of the Walther-Schücking Institute of International Law and of the Department of Sociology. In addition, Kiel is home to the German National Library of Economics of the renowned Kiel Institute for the World Economy.

International Cooperation and cultural exchange are an integral part...


... of the fabric of academic life at our Department. Lectures are usually held in German, but many courses are also offered in English. In addition, the University of Kiel offers various German language courses for foreigners. All the same, you can usually rely on your German fellow students' capacity, and willingness to engage in discussions in English. A particular proximity of teaching and research is what guides our philosophy of teaching in order to produce scholars who are well-equipped to work on the enduring questions of political life. Doctoral candidates take part in the teaching programs and offer seminars that are closely related to their research. In addition, students are encouraged to participate in a wide range of research seminars and colloquia providing for an active communication and exchange.