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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

Studying at KIT

Study at KIT

KIT Scores – In Many Areas!


As “The Research University in the Helmholtz Association,” KIT makes full use of its synergy potential resulting from combining the tasks of a large-scale research center with those of a university of the State of Baden-Württemberg. We offer research–based study programs to prepare our students for responsible positions in society, industry, and science. Eleven KIT departments offer more than 80 modern study programs focusing on engineering and natural sciences as well as economics, informatics, the humanities, and social sciences. Important key competences are imparted by the House of Competence (HoC) and the Centre for Cultural and General Studies (ZAK). 


Eleven study programs of KIT are ranked in the top 100 of the QS World University Ranking. KIT is in first position in Germany in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings. This ranking is based among others on the reputation of the university among employers, the number of successful alumni, contacts between the university and potential employers, and attractiveness of the graduates for employers in industry and economy. The German Startup Monitor ranks KIT in second place of the top 10 startup universities. Vocational training provided by KIT received the quality seal “Deutschlands beste Ausbildungsbetriebe 2017” (Germany’s best training companies 2017) by Focus Money. The success rate in final examinations amounted to nearly 100 percent in 2017 and by far exceeded the state and federal averages. The Reuters Top 100 Ranking ranks KIT among the most innovative universities.


Credits by an internationally renowned technical university result in excellent perspectives on the global labor market. KIT cooperates closely with selected industry partners, thus enabling students to establish a powerful network. The Career Service offers a large range of consulting and information services as well as networking events with industrial companies to prepare students for starting their professional career. KIT’s alumni network consists of more than 22,000 alumni in more than 100 countries. Use this network when looking for internships, starting your professional career, and for contacting former students of KIT.


KIT’s innovation efforts build a bridge between important scientific findings and their application for the benefit of society, economic prosperity, and the preservation of our natural basis of life. The first contact partner for startups and funding is the Startups and Participation Team of KIT’s Innovation and Relations Management Business Unit. It offers support for startups established by young researchers.


The cultural offerings of the city of Karlsruhe include popular theaters and museums as well as “Das Fest.” The Arbeitskreis Kultur und Kommunikation (AKK, culture and communication working group) at KIT offers a large program, from the culture café and theme evenings to workshops and large open-air events. The heart of the Studentisches Kulturzentrum (SKZ; students culture center), the Festsaal (ball room), is the venue of theater and film presentations, dance events, galas, parties, and other celebrations all year round. During the semester from Mondays to Thursdays, various groups rehearse on the rehearsal and main stages.

Leisure Time

The German, French, and Swiss border triangle offers numerous leisure and exchange opportunities. The Alsace is only half an hour away, Strasbourg can be reached in three quarters of an hour, and Paris within three hours. The Black Forest south of Karlsruhe, the Palatinate Forest, and the Vosges Mountains are excellent places for hiking. Attractive cities, such as Heidelberg and Speyer, are located not far away from Karlsruhe in the North. KIT’s Campus South is located in the city center of Karlsruhe between the pedestrian area and the Schlosspark (palace garden). 60% of the city is green and with 1691 hours of sunshine, Karlsruhe is among the five sunniest cities in Germany.

International Affairs

KIT has contract-based relations to more than 270 partner universities worldwide and about 1000 registered cooperation partners in 65 countries. Germany is the third most popular destination of international students in the world. The International Students Office (IStO) of KIT offers full service for internationally mobile students. For a smooth start of the semester, all incoming students are given the opportunity to participate in a three-week German course prior to the start of the semester. During the semester, the Studienkolleg of KIT offers cost-free German courses for all students registered at KIT. KIT also has an automatic simultaneous lecture translator that translates lectures for foreign students.

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)


With more than 9,000 employees and an annual budget of about EUR 785 million, KIT is one of the biggest research and education institutions worldwide and has the potential of reaching a top position in selected research areas on an international level. The objective is to turn KIT into an institution of top research, excellent scientific education, and a prominent location of academic life, life-long learning, comprehensive advanced training, unrestricted exchange of know-how, and sustainable innovation culture.

For more information, go to the KIT page.