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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

Currently only available via email or phone

Please also note the office hours of our individual employees

Offers and Services

List of services offered by the International Students Office to international bachelor’s and master’s students

Secretary’s Office:

  • The secretary’s office is the first contact point for all international students. It is open on Monday and on Wednesday to Friday from 9 to 12 am. Closed on Tuesday. Room 106.

Consultation Hours for International Bachelor’s and Master’s Students

  • Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9.30 to 11.30 am. Contact our staff, if you have questions.

Consultation Hours for Refugees

Welcome Desk

  • During the enrollment phase before the start of the semester, our welcome desk staff is pleased to answer your questions relating to the orientation phase (O-Phase) and other topics relevant to student beginners. Here, you can also contact representatives of health insurance companies.

Workshops for the start of studies

  • During the enrollment period, we offer various workshops for the start of studies. They cover topics like rules of studying, foreigner's law, Karlsruhe and the KIT, as well as introductions and tutorials from KIT institutions like HoC, ZAK, the library and ZIB. Impressions of the former Infotag from 2017 (predecessor of the workshops) gives you a rough idea and can be found on YouTube.

Buddy Program

  • Together with the coordinating office for the integration of refugees and the House of Competence (HoC), the International Students Office (IStO) offers a buddy program for international students with or without refugee background. Within this program, international students who have recently enrolled for bachelor’s or master’s studies are provided with support for one semester from a KIT student who, if possible, is in the same degree program. The respective contact person is at the student’s disposal for any questions and issues that may occur in his/her everyday student life. During the semester, the buddy teams are accompanied by staff from IStO. At HoC, they participate in ECTS-credited events on subjects of intercultural skills and voluntary commitment. Click here for further information.

Regular Information Events on ERASMUS and Overseas Programs

  • If you are interested in spending a semester abroad, you are invited to come to the ERASMUS+ and overseas consultation hours. Start to plan your studies abroad about one year in advance.

Start Your Career Day

  • Every year, the International Affairs Business Unit, together with the Career Service of KIT and the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion, organizes an information event relating to starting a career in the Karlsruhe region. For parts of the program, a registration is required. The date will be published on the homepage in due time.

International Competence Certificate

  • Are you interested in working in an international environment in the future? If yes, it will be important to acquire relevant skills for future application. At KIT, the relevant courses, personal support, and a certificate are offered. This certificate confirms to future employers the international expertise you acquired during your studies.

German Language Course Prior to the Start of the Semester

  • Prior to the start of the semester, we offer a limited number of places for a German course of three weeks’ duration in particular to students of study programs in English. No preliminary knowledge of German is required. For information, click iwd∂
  • This German course is not suited for preparation for a German study program!

Information on Scholarships

  • Many scholarships are offered in Germany, such as DAAD scholarships or the Deutschlandstipendium offered by KIT. IStO offers and administrates two types of financial aid, the general financial aid and the STIBET financial aid. Both programs offer one-time financial support for a limited period in order to prevent the student from dropping out of his/her current study program due to unforeseeable and temporary financial difficulties.