deutsch  | Home | Legals | Data Protection | KIT

International Students Office (IStO)

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Adenauerring 2
76131 Karlsruhe

Campus South
Bldg.: 50.20, Room 106

Hotline for applicants to Master's or Bachelor's studies each day from 1pm to 3 pm: +49 721 608-44925

Phone +49 721 608-44911
Fax +49 721 608-44907
Contact Form

Opening hours Secretary
Mo.-Fr. 9 am-12 am
Closed on Tuesday

Closed Dec 24, 2018 until Jan 4, 2019

Please also note the office hours of our individual employees

Studying at KIT

Study at KIT

10 reasons why studying at KIT is worthwhile.

Of course, there are more than 10 good reasons why you should decide to study at KIT. We have compiled only the most important reasons.

1. 80 future-oriented study courses

KIT offers over 80 future-oriented study courses that will prepare you well for your future career.
At KIT, you can study engineering, economics, natural sciences, informatics, humanities and social sciences. For further information in German, go to the student page of KIT.

2. Leader in Research and Technology

KIT is a worldwide renowned institution in research and technology. At the University of Karlsruhe (TH), the predecessor of KIT, famous personalities like Heinrich Hertz and Carl Benz taught or respectively studied. Today, KIT is a leading institution in the fields of informatics, engineering and natural sciences. For example, KIT is running one of the largest European centers for Energy Research.

3. Exceptional student-teacher ratio

Since the Research Center Karlsruhe merged with the University of Karlsruhe to form KIT, the teacher to student ratio has improved significantly. KIT achieves standards, which only US-elite institutes can also boast. Germany’s average ratio is 20 students per academic. By involving academics from Campus North (Campus Nord), KIT’s midterm goal is set at a ratio of 5:1.

4. Close collaboration with research and industry

KIT’s unique connection to research and industry sets it apart from other German universities.
Already at an early stage of your studies, you will be given the opportunity to participate in research projects and thereby gain insights into major research projects.
Additionally, excellent contacts to key industrial companies such as Bosch and Daimler provide students with early practical experience through internships and student projects.
Furthermore, students benefit from KIT’s entrepreneurial culture. Early on, students can develop, implement, and market their own ideas, for example, with the help of the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CIE) or the “Pionieergarage”.

5. International Environment

Internationality is an integral part of KIT culture. 20% of students at KIT have come from abroad to study in Germany. In addition, there are about 500 international scientists who have chosen KIT as their research facility.
KIT, its associates and its students are open to the international environment and are internationally mobile.

6. Personal and individual support to foster the integration of international students

KIT welcomes international students on its campuses. Over the years, KIT developed dedicated support for international students to make their start and stay in Karlsruhe as easy and enjoyable as possible. Orientation Week, joint events and trips during the semester, as well as alumni support: international students are in good hands. Just turn to the International Students Office for a personal consultation.

7. Excellent support for young talent

KIT wants to set new standards in teaching and promoting young talent. Students can do scientific work independently at an early stage, gain further qualifications right from the beginning and are given the opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge. Measures, such as the House of Competence (HoC) and the Karlsruhe House of Young Scientists (KHYS), support this development.

8. A green study place in the 3-country triangle

Karlsruhe and KIT’s campuses are in one of the most picturesque regions of Germany. The city is on the Northwestern edge of the Black Forest, which is popular not only because of its famous Black Forest cake. To the west, Karlsruhe borders France and the massif Vosges. Switzerland is also only 200 km south of Karlsruhe. There is no lack of trip and travel destinations in the immediate vicinity and the larger European capitals are comfortably reached by train or plane from Karlsruhe.

9. Germany’s sunniest region

In general, Germany is not known for being the world’s sunniest country, quite the opposite; however the region surrounding Karlsruhe is the exception to the rule. With 1800 sun hours per year and an average temperature of 10,7°C, Karlsruhe is above the national average. The winters are mild and summers offer the perfect weather to enjoy a day out swimming.

10. Numerous leisure, culture and sport opportunities

Karlsruhe enjoys vast and diverse leisure, culture and sports options, which offer something for everyone. Facets of cultural offerings are well-known theaters and museums, as well as “Das Fest”* one of the largest annual German open-air-festivals.
KIT, in addition to the many other sports clubs, provides a wide range of sports activities. The “Badische Meile” (Baden’s mile)* and the Baden-Marathon* are held once a year in Karlsruhe. The Kraichgau-Triathlon is held in the county of Karlsruhe.

* in German only

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology


With approximately 9,000 employees and an annual budget of more than 800 million €, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is one of the world's largest research and teaching facilities. It was formed on October, 1st 2009 as the merger of the University of Karlsruhe and the Research Center Karlsruhe. KIT is therefore an institution with two missions: the mission of a university with responsibilities in research and teaching, and the mission of a major research institution, the Helmholtz Association, with the programmed precautionary research on behalf of the state. Students benefit from the close connection of research and teaching.

In Karlsruhe, KIT is distributed over four locations: Campus South (formerly University of Karlsruhe), Campus North (formerly Research Center Karlsruhe), Campus East and Wsthochschule.
There are additional sites in Dresden, Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Ulm.

For more information, go to the KIT page.