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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
 

Overseas Guest Students

You would like to study at KIT for one or two semesters and

  • have been nominated by your home university for a study stay at KIT? Then you are an overseas exchange student.
  • have successfully applied for a scholarship programme with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD, www.daad.org) or other institutions we collaborate with? Then you are a DAAD scholarship holder.
  • your are currently enrolled at a university abroad that does not have an exchange agreement with KIT? Then you are a Free Mover.

If you would like to write your final thesis at KIT or do a research internship, please refer to "Research Internships & Thesis at KIT" in the navigation on the left.

 

Application for overseas exchange students 

You need to send in the following documents to overseas-in∂intl.kit.edu. You do not need to send in any originals.

 

Application for DAAD scholarship holders

You need to send in the following documents to overseas-in∂intl.kit.edu. You do not need to send in any originals.

 

Application for Free Mover

You need to send in the following documents to overseas-in∂intl.kit.edu. You do not need to send in any originals.

  • Application form signed by you (https://move.intl.kit.edu/move/moveonline/incoming/welcome.php?_language=en)
  • Cover/motivation letter
  • Proof of German knowledge (at least B2 successfully completed; we accept nearly all language certificates including those issued by your university)
  • Proof of sufficient English knowledge if you are planning to attend English-taught lectures at KIT
  • Filled in Learning Agreement
  • Current transcript of records
  • Proof of enrollment at your home university
  • for a thesis/project a KIT: confirmation of supervision of your KIT supervisor

To get an idea what your German level is you can use the test on the following site: http://edl.ecml.at/LanguageFun/Selfevaluateyourlanguageskills/tabid/2194/language/en-GB/Default.aspx.

 

The application deadlines are:

  • May 1st for the following winter semester and/or the whole academic year
  • November 1st for the following summer semester

After receiving your application with all required documents a confirmation of receipt will be sent to you via email within 2 weeks. At latest 6-8 weeks after the application deadline you will receive another email from us with your application result and further instructions.

 

Please note that we are unable to expedite or prioritise the treatment of applications and the sending of admission letters.

 

For further information please read our student handbook (cf. navigation on the left).

Tuition fees for international students from winter semester 2017/18 onwards

From the winter semester 2017/2018 onwards, tuition fees of 1,500 euros per semester for international students are to be introduced at the universities in Baden-Württemberg.

International students with EU/EEA citizenship will be able to study without paying fees.

According to the current draft of the law, the following international students from third countries (with citizenship of non-EU/EEA countries) will have to pay tuition fees

  • Visiting students who are studying as a free mover (without a cooperation agreement) for one or two semesters at KIT and do not aim to graduate from KIT
  • Visiting students who are studying at KIT within the framework of a bilateral cooperation agreement and do not aim to graduate from KIT, from their third semester at KIT onwards (two semesters are free of charge as part of a cooperation agreement, provided the mutual exemption from fees is agreed upon in the cooperation agreement)

 

According to the current draft of the law, the following international students from third countries (with citizenship of non-EU/EEA countries) will be exempted from the fees:

  • Visiting students who are studying at KIT within one of the Baden-Württemberg exchange programms or within the Erasmus programme and do not aim to graduate from KIT
  • Visiting students who are studying at KIT for one or two semesters within the framework of a bilateral cooperation agreement, which includes the mutual exemption from fees in the cooperation agreement (Overseas Direct Partnership) and who do not aim to graduate at KIT (as of the 3rd semester at KIT, however, tuition fees will have to be paid)

 

The law is currently in the legislative process. Information on individual cases and further exemptions from the obligation to pay can therefore not yet be given. For further information please visit the Ministry's website.

 

Updated: January 2017