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Mentoring of internship students at KIT
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Office hours:
Mo-Fr: 10:00-12:00 and by appointment
room: 045, Building 50.20, CS
Tel.: +49 721 608-45154
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International Students Office (IStO)

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Adenauerring 2
76131 Karlsruhe

Campus South
Bldg.: 50.20, Room 106

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

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

Please also note the office hours of our individual employees.

Application hotline since June 15th: Mo - Fr 10 am - 12 am Phone: +49 721 608-44925
 

Research Stay for Visiting Students

 

For more detailed information please have a look at our intern handbook available via the navigation on the left side.

KIT offers numerous opportunities for a research internship/placement, a research project, and/or a final thesis project.
As you might already know, KIT comprises a university and a research center.
As from the 2017/18 winter semester, international students (from third countries/non-EU countries) enrolled at the KIT have to pay tuition fees in the amount of EUR 1,500 per semester.*
International students, who come to the KIT for a research stay **, are exempted from the tuition fees, provided that they do not acquire any credit points (ECTS) at the KIT. ***
If you are interested in conducting research or executing a project at the KIT, you have to look for a potential supervisor at KIT on your own and contact him/her directly.
You can find further information and research internship offers at Jobs/Interns.
If you are interested in conducting research at one of our institutes of KIT’s research sector, please check KIT Departments  and Institutes.
Of course, it is also possible to find interesting positions in both the university sector and the research sector of KIT.
Depending on your supervisor at KIT, it might be possible to do your research internship/thesis without German knowledge, but this is up to your supervisor.
Still, we advise applicants to have at least basic German knowledge, since it will be indispensable for the daily life and administrative procedures in Karlsruhe.

 

Preparing Your Arrival at KIT

 

After having found a supervisor, you have the possibility to enroll at KIT as a student. With an admission letter, you can apply for a student visa.
A visa for Germany is always issued for a specific purpose. Please note that without any enrollment, it will be illegal to stay in Germany with a student visa.
An enrollment is associated with many advantages. As a KIT student, you will be able to benefit from cheaper cafeteria rates, free library access, and cheaper public transportation tickets etc. We recommend enrollment for an internship of 2 months at least.
 

If you would like to enroll, please proceed as follows:

  1. Apply online at https://move.intl.kit.edu/move/moveonline/incoming/welcome.php?_language=en .You will have to choose the “mobility type” “Internship/Project/Thesis” and the “mobility program” “Internship/Placement”. Your “Faculty/Department,” “Field of Study,” and “Study Area” depend on your supervisor. Please ask him/her to which department and fields he/she is affiliated. The mobility period can be one or two semesters. You can find our semester dates at http://www.intl.kit.edu/istudies/3157.php.
  2. Once you have filled in the application, a PDF will be generated. Please print it out, sign it (we only need your signature, not that of your supervisor at home), and scan it.
  3. Send the following documents to internship∂intl.kit.edu:
  •  Scanned online application in PDF format,
  • current enrollment certificate/ proof of enrollment from your home university,
  • confirmation of supervision by your KIT supervisor.

Enrollment fees are147.70 € per semester.

 

Please note that enrollment fees are no tuition fees!
We do not need a passport photo or any other documents!
Within 1 to 3 weeks after the receipt of the application documents, we will send you your admission letter and further instructions by email. Please make sure to also check your spam folder.

 

Your arrival

After your arrival at KIT, you have to enroll.

  1. You should open a German bank account and transfer the semester contribution. You should have received instructions and the bank details for the transfer in an email together with your admission letter.
  2. You should see a German public health insurance (http://www.karlsruhe.de/b3/gesundheit/krankenkassen.de ) to either take out health insurance in Germany or to get a health insurance waiver. The expert at the health insurance will be able to help you with what to do.
  3. Fill in the form under http://www.intl.kit.edu/download/Antrag_auf_Einschreibung_fuer_Zeitstudierenden.pdf.
  4. With the filled in form, your German health insurance certificate or waiver, a passport photo and your proof of the semester contribution payment, you should go to the International Students Office to start your enrollment paperwork (Monday, Wednesday or Friday; 9.30am to 11.30am).

 
* § 3 Landeshochschulgebührengesetz (LHGebG) Section 3 of the Act on Higher Education Fees of the State of Baden-Württemberg
** Forschungspraktikum/Forschungsaufenthalt, Research internship/Research stay
*** § 60 Abs. 1 Satz 7 LHG Section 60, par. 1, clause 7 of the Law of Baden-Württemberg on Universities and Colleges

Tuition Fees for International Students as from the 2017/18 Winter Semester

From the 2017/2018 winter semester, tuition fees of EUR 1,500 per semester will have to be paid by international students at the universities in Baden-Württemberg.
International students of EU/EEA citizenship are allowed to study without having to pay fees.
According to the new law, the following international students from third countries (with a citizenship of non-EU/EEA countries) will have to pay tuition fees:

  •  Visiting students who are studying as free movers (without a cooperation agreement) for one or two semesters at KIT and do not aim at a degree of KIT.
  • Visiting students who are studying at KIT within the framework of a bilateral cooperation agreement and do not aim at a degree of KIT as from their third semester at KIT (two semesters are free of charge as part of a cooperation agreement, provided that mutual exemption from the payment of fees is agreed upon in the cooperation agreement).
  • Visiting students who come to KIT for a research stay or internship, who attend courses at KIT, and who receive ECTS credits for their study or examination achievements.

 

According to the new law, the following international students from third countries (with a citizenship of non-EU/EEA countries) are exempt from the obligation to pay tuition fees:

  • Visiting students who are studying at KIT within one of the Baden-Württemberg exchange programs or within the Erasmus programme and do not aim at a degree of KIT.
  • Visiting students who are studying at KIT for one or two semesters within the framework of a bilateral cooperation agreement, in which it is agreed on mutual exemption from the payment of fees (Overseas Direct Partnership), and who do not aim at a degree of KIT (as of the 3rd semester at KIT, however, tuition fees will have to be paid).
  • Visiting students who come to KIT for a research stay or internship, who do not attend courses at KIT, and who do not receive ECTS credits for study or examination achievements.

 

Important: The receipt of a scholarship has no influence on the obligation to pay tuition fees. Visiting students with a scholarship of DAAD, Baden-Württemberg-Stiftung, VDAC or Fulbright will only be exempt from the obligation to pay tuition fees in the cases mentioned above.
For further information, please click the Ministry's website.
Updated: August 2017