International Affairs

Arrival and living in Karlsruhe:

How do I get my dormitory key?

If you have not received any information yet, please contact the respective dormitory directly.

Participation in the O-Phase:

Every semester there is an international O-Phase at KIT. This is largely organized by the ESN Karlsruhe. You can find information about the O-Phase here:

Participation Buddy-Programm

Please find more information about the KIT Buddy-Programm here.

Please find more information about the ESN Buddy-Programm here.

Participation in the pre-semester German course:

Every semester there is a pre-semester German course at KIT. A course fee had to be paid and a placement test had to be taken. Details on payment can be found in your admission letter. Also, you had already received the invitation to the placement test by email.

Pick up the KIT card

Have you already uploaded a photo for the KIT card and received an email in your KIT mailbox? You will receive the email after your ID has been produced.

Please bring your identity card, passport or residence permit with you when collecting your KIT-Card.
Details about the KIT card can be found here

City registration:

Please register with the city as soon as you have a rental agreement in the city of Karlsruhe.

Make an online appointment in one of the “Bürgerbüros and take the following documents to the appointment:

Take along your filled‐in forms („Anmeldung” and „Welcome package for students”)
Download your KIT study certificate (in German language) from the KIT Campus Management Portal (see the email with KIT account credentials) and print it out
Have your landlord sign the „Wohnungsgeberbestätigung” available under „Formulare” at
Take along your passport/personal ID
Take along your rental agreement

KIT Account, KIT Card and Online platform for students

To access the system, you will have to activate your KIT account, which you will receive shortly after your enrollment. If you still have not received your account details two weeks after enrolling, please visit the service desk on the ground floor of the SCC building (building 20.21). Show them your KITCard and they will print your account information on the spot

Your KIT Account

You will receive the e-mail with your account data either soon after you upload your picture for the KIT Card or at the same time. With the account data you will be able to log into the KIT WiFi (wkit).

To manage your account (activating, changing password and forwarding e-mail) you have to follow this link (not

Your account consists of three parts:

  • Your e-mail address: u****

  • Your account name (User-Account/”Benutzerkennung”) starting with “u”

  • Your initial password

Activating your account

You should activate your account immediately after receiving the e-mail with your account data.

Go to and click on “Zur Aktivierung eines neuen Kontos klicken Sie bitte hier”.

Log in with the account data, change your password and accept the terms of use.

Please keep the password safe since it is the access key to a lot of KIT’s online services:

  • access to the “Campus Management Portal” (

  • access to the PC pool computers at the SCC building

  • access to ILIAS, KIT’s online learning platform (

  • access to your KIT e-mail at

  • access to the KIT WiFi network (wkit)

  • remote access to KIT online services via VPN