Application Procedure

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

  • You are currently enrolled at a university that has an exchange agreement with KIT? Then you are an overseas exchange student.
  • You have successfully applied for a scholarship programme with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) or other institutions we collaborate with? Then you are a DAAD scholarship holder.
  • You 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 Stays".

Dates and Deadlines

Application for overseas exchange students

Please apply first at your home university for a study stay at KIT. After the nomination of your home university to the International Students Office of KIT, you will receive an email with information how to apply at KIT. For the application, you will need to upload the following documents in the application portal. You do not need to send in any originals.

  • Application form signed by you and your home university coordinator 
  • Proof of German knowledge (for Chemical and Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, Architecture, Informatics and Biology at least B1 successfully completed; at other Departments at least A2 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

To get an idea what your German level is you can use the following Test.

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

 

Application for DAAD scholarship holders

Please apply first at DAAD for a study stay at KIT. After the nomination of DAAD to the International Students Office of KIT, you will receive an email with information how to apply at KIT. For the application, you will need the following documents. You do not need to send in any originals.

  • Application form signed by you and your home university coordinator 
  • Proof of German knowledge (for Chemical and Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, Architecture, Informatics and Biology at least B1 successfully completed; at other Departments at least A2 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

To get an idea what your German level is you can use the following test.

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

 

Selection and Admission

Once we receive your application, we will confirm the reception by email. About a month after the application deadline, the results of the selection process will be known and we will inform you if you have been accepted at KIT. You will receive an email with instructions on how to proceed.

Generally the selection results are announced in June/July for the winter term and in December/January for the summer term. Please check your email inbox as well as your spam/ junk mail folder.

Since winter semester 2017/18, tuition fees of EUR 1,500 per semester 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) 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.
  • Visiting students who receive a scholarship of Baden-Württemberg foundation

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

Gelsomina Di Laurenzio

Coordination Incoming Overseas Students (Exchange, DAAD-Scholarship Programs, Free Mover)

Office Hours: By appointment  

Room: 001, Building 50.20, CS

Tel.: +49 721 608-44919

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