23.10.2017 14:15

More than 25,000 students enrolled – The University of Kassel is becoming increasingly international

At the commencement of the current winter semester, the number of international students at the University of Kassel is higher than ever before. The overall enrolment has also reached a peak, although there are somewhat fewer first-semester students than in the previous year. For the first time, the University has issued confirmations of acceptance for study on a digital basis.

Prof. Dr. Reiner Finkeldey. Photo: Rode.

Present figures indicate that 25,365 persons have enrolled to study at the University of Kassel for the current winter semester. In the previous year there were 25,043 students enrolled. Exactly 12,300 of the currently enrolled students are female. The number of students in their first semester of a given course of study is 5,781 (previous year: 5,941).

Noteworthy is the increased number of international students. 3,121 of the enrolled students are citizens of some country other than Germany. This is more than ever before (previous year:  3,034). 2,126 of these international students are so-called "Bildungsausländer", i.e. they have obtained their qualification to study in another country. The overall percentage of international students in the student body is thus 12.3 percent. In the previous year, the figure was 12.1 percent, which also represented a significant increase. Turkish nationals are once again the most strongly represented group (526), followed by Chinese (384), Syrian (146), Iranian (128) and Russian (96) students.  All of these figures are preliminary. Final figures should be available by the end of November.

"We want to extend a warm welcome to all new students at the University and wish them a good start in a successful course of study," said Prof. Dr. Reiner Finkeldey, President of the University of Kassel. "I am personally very pleased at the increasing number of international students. They represent an enrichment for the university as a whole, and this increase is an important step in the process of making the University more international." At the same time, Finkeldey explained, as the student body becomes more diverse, more customised and differentiated support for students also becomes necessary.

"Now that the phase of ever increasing numbers of incoming students in their first-year has reached an end, we want to continue to invest in creating the best possible conditions for studying," added Finkeldey.  "This includes working on the infrastructure of the University – as with the renovated campus library. It also will involve continuing to improve the quality of the University's academic offerings and the support provided to students. For this we need a reliable financial framework.

More university places for primary school teacher training

In the registration process for this winter semester, there were once again several degree programmes for which the demand exceeded the available university places. 23 degree programmes had restricted access as a result; this was one less than in the previous year. 9,961 applicants applied for the 2,474 available places in these programmes with restricted access. There was particularly high demand for the bachelor degree programmes in psychology (1,031 applicants for 80 places), primary school teacher training (1,527/270) and social work (1,794/335).

The University of Kassel increased the number of places for incoming students in primary school teacher training from 180 to 210. The basis for this step is an agreement with the state of Hessen; the increase should help to meet expanding needs in this area. A total of 140 degree programmes are being offered in Kassel. A new course of study available for the first time this year is the master's programme "Functional Safety Engineering" (FUSE) in which students deal with the development, modification, testing and study of safe and reliable electronic systems.


Digital confirmations of acceptance for study

For the first time, the University issued digital confirmations of acceptance for study for limited access bachelor's degree programmes. Successful applicants received an email with a link that allowed them to access their digital notification and directly begin with the registration process.  Using the new process, the incoming students have been able to register approximately one week earlier than in previous years. Approximately 200 applicants accepted admission to their desired degree programmes on the same day that the notification emails were sent.

The University is also beginning an academic year for the first time with its renovated campus library. The first construction phase of the central library building at Holländischer Platz was completed in April. The library has become more modern and more clearly structured, with improved digital facilities and more space for individual study.

Sebastian Mense
University of Kassel
Communications, Press and Public Relations
Tel.: +49 561 804-1961