An ERASMUS student must meet certain requirements to complete a study abroad program at KIT:
- Partner University
You must be enrolled at a partner university of KIT at the time of application and during your stay at KIT.
You must have applied successfully at your home university for an exchange position at KIT, which means you have to be nominated for a exchange position at KIT.
- German skills (compulsory)
You should demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the German language at time of application (June 1st or December 1st), since a large part of the lectures at KIT are in German. Applicants for chemical and mechanical engineering, chemistry, architecture, informatics and biology must have at least a B1 level, all other applicants must demonstrate a minimum proficiency of German at A2 level.
- English skills (additionally)
If you are planning on attending English taught lectures or write your final thesis at KIT in English, you should provide proof of good English knowledge, i.e. B1-level.
In exceptional cases, (only after approval of our departmental coordinator) you might be allowed to study at KIT only with proof of English knowledge, for example if:
- you have chosen only English-taught lectures on your Learning Agreement
- you are writing a project or final thesis at KIT and your supervisor at KIT has agreed to accept you without proof of German knowledge.
However, without proof of German language we might reject your application and we highly recommend to learn German in order to be able to master your daily life in Karlsruhe.
Information regarding language certificates:
You should have sufficient German knowledge before starting your studies at KIT, since most lectures are held in German. Applicants for the study fields mechanical engineering, architecture, biology or chemistry have to have a B1 level according to the European Language Level Framework , all other applicants have to have a A2 level.
We accept most types of language certificates.
Accepted certificates are:
- issued by your home university or
- issued by a language school
We will not accept a simple language course attendance certificate that does not state whether you completed the course successfully or not or online (test) certificates.