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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 for a Master's degree course

EU applicants and Non-EU applicants both apply for a Master’s program using the Online-Portal of the International Students Office. After finishing the online application, print and sign the completed application form (PDF), and send it by regular mail to KIT along with ordinary (non-certified) copies of your other documents. On this page, you can find information on the specific requirements that you should fulfill and the documents you have to enclose with your application. In case you have further questions, please check the FAQs for more detailed information.

Information provided here only applies to applicants for a Master's program with EU-citizenship and Non-EU-citizenship (even with German Bachelor degree).
Germans with foreign education certificates please refer to the websites of Studierendenservice  (only in German).

 

Application deadline winter semester

 

German Language Course
(preparatory course for DSH, 1 semester):
July, 15th
Master with NC (restricted admission): July, 15th
Master without NC: September, 30th
Master Optics & Photonics: April, 30th
Master Water Science and Engineering: June 15th

Application deadline summer semester

German Language Course
(preparatory course for DSH, 1 semester):
January, 15th
Master with NC (restricted admission): January, 15th
Master without NC: March, 31st
Master Water Science and Engineering: December, 15th

 

Documents for application:
  • Bachelor degree certificate in the original language and official translation. If not graduated yet please submit enrolment certificate with expected date of completition in the original language and official translation.
  • transcript of records / exam results of the studies (with information regarding content and extend, for example, credit points or number of hours per week of the course) in the original language and official translation. In case an official diploma supplement is issued please submit the diploma supplement also.
  • extensive course descriptions (for example Modulhandbuch) for the mandatory courses mentioned in the program specific requirements
  • for some Master's programs internship certificates, please check for further details program specific requirements
  • proof of language skills, please check information language skills on this website below
  • for some Master's programs additional documents are mandatory (for example motivation letter, recommendation letter....), please check program specific requirements
  • only in case of previous study in Germany: please check information on change of university
  • applicants from certain countries have to submit additional documents, please check information below
Program-specific admission requirements

KIT offers a wide range of Master's degree courses. For each individual course of studies, specific minimum requirements must be met. You can check whether you fulfill the program-specific requirements with the help of our Master's courses overview.

NC
Please note: several courses of studies have restricted admission (NC).

Admission
The decision regarding your admission is dependent on the general eligibility check by the International Students Office (IStO) and the program-specific eligibility check by the selection committee of the respective department. The decision made by the selection committee depends substantially on the content of your previous undergraduate studies as well as on the grades you achieved.

Language skills

German Master's course
To attend a German Master's course you have to provide proof of German language proficiency.

For application, you should have proof of German language proficiency at the medium level B1. All certificates are accepted. We do also accept a confirmation of participation in a B1 course.

For enrollment, you have to submit the DSH2 or a German language certificate accepted as an equivalent:

  • DSH2 (only DSH Exams accredited by HRK)
  • Test DaF 4444 (Minimum 4x4)
  • German Language Test as part of Feststellungsprüfung (assessment test at preparatory college)
  • Goethe Certificate C2
  • DSD II (German Language Diploma awarded by Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany)
  • telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule

Exemption from proof of language: Holders of a secondary school diploma from the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the German-speaking community in the Kingdom of Belgium, maturity diploma of the schools with German as language of instruction from the autonomous province of Bozen, but also graduates of bilingual secondary schools, which end with a bilingual German examination.

English language Master's course
To attend an English language Master's course you have to provide proof of sufficient English language proficiency.

For enrollment, following language certificates are accepted at KIT:

  • TOEFL internet-based 88-92 points, computer-based 230-250 points, paper-based 570 points (Institutional Code: 0683)
  • IELTS 6.5 (scoring no lower than 5.5 in any section)

Exemption from proof of English proficiency: applicants in the following categories do not need to prove their knowledge of English: native speaker, studies taught entirely in English, studies completed in Anglophone country.

Please note: the exemption cases do not apply to all Master' courses. Further information can be found in our Master's courses overview.

Preparatory German course at Studienkolleg

If you have not yet entirely fulfilled the language requirements for a Master's course taught in German, you have the possibility to apply for a preparatory course at the Studienkolleg. Please indicate in your online application for your Master's course that you want to participate in the German language course. You will receive an invitation to the preparatory course if your application for your course of studies is approved.

Application
The application deadline is July 15 for the winter term and January 15 for the summer term. Even if the deadline for your chosen course of studies is later than this date, only the earlier date is valid for participating in the German language course. Applications received after the deadline cannot receive an invitation to the preparatory language course.
Please note: we issue invitations for the entrance exam for one degree course only. In case you have received the invitation for one degree course we do not issue an additional invitation for an additional application.

Entrance exam
To attend the preparatory German language course at Studienkolleg you will need to pass an entrance exam. To pass this test, you should at least have achieved medium level l (B1) German. The best candidates will then join the language course and prepare for the DSH exam. You receive the date for the entrance exam with your admission. Please note: we have only a limited number of places for the language course. Therefore, we encourage you to also search for alternative language courses.

After the language course
After completing your German language course you will have to apply again for a course of studies in the following semester! If you are applying for a course of studies with restricted admission (NC), you will have to again participate in the selection procedure. Please note: admission is not guaranteed. Even when re-applying for a program without restricted admission (without NC) your application might be rejected due to changes in the program-specific requirements. For more information about the language courses at Studienkolleg, please visit the website.

DSH exam at KIT

Once a year there is a DSH examination at KIT in which those applicants can participate who received admission to a degree program at KIT under the condition that they present a DSH-2 (or an accepted equivalent) at enrollment.

Participating in the DSH-exam is only possible after you have applied for a place in a degree program at KIT and received an admission to the degree course. Participation in the DSH-exam is not possible with a preregistration of KIT.

The DSH-exam takes place in September before the winter semester starts. There is no DSH-exam before the summer semester for KIT applicants!

After being admitted to the degree course, you have to register for the DSH-exam. Registration is done via the homepage of the preparatory college (you will find the link in the letter of acceptance) and is only open for one day in August. You can only participate in the DSH-exam in September if you have registered.

Putting your name down for the DSH-exam with a letter of acceptance of KIT:

  • Registering via the homepage of the preparatory college
  • Sending the letter of acceptance (as a pdf or jpeg to the email address mentioned on the homepage)
  • After the verification of your KIT acceptance you receive a request for payment of EURO 100.00 as the examination fee. Please only pay the examination fee after you have received the payment request.

Please note: There are only a limited number of places for the examination, therefore the allocation is done in the order of registration. This means that not everyone who was accepted by KIT can take part in the DSH-exam. There is no entitlement to take part in the DSH-exam! Therefore, look for alternative exams in good time (e.g. TestDaF, Telc C1 Hochschule).

Country-specific requirements

Applicants from China, Vietnam and Mongolia are required to enclose the original APS-certificate in their application.

Important: KIT does not accept Group APS-certificates. APS-certificates also have to be current. The subsequent certification of your undergraduate studies has to be provided by the application deadline. In case you already graduated KIT only accepts APS for the completed Bachelor. If you have already received an APS-certificate while studying, you can apply for recertification from the APS. This also has to be submitted by the application deadline.

Study Costs

International students (from third countries/non-EU countries) attending bachelor’s, teacher’s, and consecutive master’s programs as well as free movers will have to pay tuition fees in the amount of EUR 1,500 per semester as from the 2017/2018 winter semester. For further information please see: tuition fees

Tuition fees for international students in the amount of 1.500 EUR are not charged for the preparatory German language course at Studienkolleg. For the preparatory language course separate fees are charged. For further information see here: Studienkolleg.

Admission and acceptance of the study place

You will receive an email notification about the outcome of your application. The condition is that all documents arrive in time. Please log in to the application portal once you receive the notification – you can download the notice there. Please consider the corresponding application number.

In case you received an admission letter, you have to accept your study place in the application portal. Otherwise, the place will be given to other applicants. For this, please log in to the portal. You will receive a notification once the admission letter is available.