Studying as an adult learner

Starting a new course, developing existing interests or pursuing completely new ones after establishing a career and having a family – various opportunities are available for studying as an adult learner.

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Photo: Annika Frenzke

The contact studies programme includes specific lectures and use of free spaces in regular university lectures. The following subjects are usually represented:

  • Theology and History of Religions and Ideologies
  • Medicine and History of Medicine
  • Law
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Languages and Literature
  • Music and History of Music
  • History of Culture and History of Art
  • Media Studies and Media Skills
  • Natural Sciences

No. Contact studies events are open to everyone, including those without an Abitur or another qualification for admission to higher education.

The cost is divided into two parts:

  • The contact studies programme ID costs €30 per semester (basic cost).
  • Fees are charged for individual courses and these are listed in the registration form. 

In addition, some courses may charge additional fees for material costs, photocopying costs and laboratory costs.

Various discounts are available. Information on these can be found at

Use the registration form available at; Either fill it in online or download it, fill it in and post it to: Kontaktstudium nach Beruf und Familie, Olshausenstrasse 75, 24118 Kiel.

You can also register in person at the office during opening hours (Tuesdays and Thursdays). The office is located at Olshausenstraße 75 in 24118 Kiel, Gebäude I, Raum 016 (Basement).

With contact studies, you cannot take any examinations, there are no ECTS credit points or other qualification certificates. This applies both to additional classes as well as to the use of free spaces in lectures.

With guest student membership, you attend regular lectures and can take the examinations associated with them.

Guest student membership must be applied for in writing at all universities.

At Kiel University the Application must be received up to four weeks after the lecture period starts. A fee of €100 per semester is charged.
Additional information

At Kiel University of Applied Sciences the Application must be submitted by 15 January for the summer semester and by 15 July for the winter semester. The applicant’s school-leaving certificate, which must be at least intermediate level (“mittlere Reife”), must be attached. An administrative fee of 10 euros is charged. Additional information

At the Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design guest students may attend lectures on art theory. Anyone interested in doing so must fill in the application for guest student membership and send this, together with a copy of their school-leaving certificate and a motivational cover letter, to the Student Secretariat at the start of the semester. The Presidium is responsible for approving guest student applications in agreement with the respective lecturers. Additional information