Research Stays for Visiting Students
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KIT offers numerous opportunities for research internships/placements, research projects, and/or final thesis projects. As you might already know, KIT comprises a university and a research center. If you are interested in conducting research or executing a project at KIT, please look for a potential supervisor at KIT on your own and contact him/her directly.
You can find further information and research internship offers at Jobs/Interns. If you are interested in conducting research at KIT, please check KIT Departments and Institutes. Depending on your supervisor at KIT, it might be possible to spend a research period or do your internship at KIT.
If you should want to do an internship at KIT, your employer must provide you with an internship contract/agreement. If you are not a national of an EU/EEA state, you will require a visa for your internship in Germany. Besides an offer for an internship with a company in Germany, you will also need the approval of the Federal Employment Agency (BA). Your employer should apply for this on your behalf as quickly as possible. For an internship with visa for taking up employment, enrollment as a student is not possible.
Optional: enrollment at the KIT
After having found a supervisor, you have the possibility to enroll at KIT as a student. With an admission letter, you can apply for a student visa.
An enrollment is associated with many advantages. Enrolled students are allowed to work for up to 20 hours per week. Students from outside the EU/EEA states can work 120 days or 240 half days per year without a work permit (§ 16 clause 3 of the German Residence Act - AufenthG). The students have liability insurance through being enrolled in one of the universities that are affiliated with Studierendenwerk Karlsruhe and thus pay social insurance contributions. They are also insured under statutory accident insurance (Social Security Code VII). As a KIT student, you will be able to benefit from cheaper cafeteria rates, free library access, and cheaper public transportation tickets, etc. We recommend enrollment for a research stay of two months at least.
If you want to enroll, please proceed as follows:
- Apply online at https://move.intl.kit.edu/move/moveonline/incoming/welcome.php?_language=en .
Choose the mobility type “Internship/Project/Thesis” and the mobility program “Internship/Placement”.
Your “Department,” “Field of Study,” and “Study Area” depend on your supervisor. Please ask him/her to which department and fields he/she is affiliated.
The mobility period can be one or two semesters. You will find our semester dates at http://www.intl.kit.edu/istudies/3157.php.
- Once you have filled in the application, a PDF will be generated. Please print it out, sign it (we only need your signature, not that of your supervisor at home), and scan it.
- Send the following documents to internship∂intl.kit.edu:
- Scanned online application in PDF format,
- current enrollment certificate/proof of enrollment from your home university,
- confirmation of supervision by your KIT supervisor.
Enrollment fees are 153.70 € per semester.
Please note that enrollment fees are no tuition fees!
As of winter semester 2017/18, international students (from third countries/non-EU countries) enrolled at the KIT have to pay tuition fees in the amount of EUR 1,500 per semester.*
International students, who come to the KIT for a research stay **, are exempted from the tuition fees provided that they do not acquire any credit points (ECTS) at the KIT. ***
We do not need a passport photo or any other documents!
Within 1 to 3 weeks after receipt of the application documents, we will send you your admission letter and further instructions by email. During that time, please make sure to also check your spam folder.
* § 3 Landeshochschulgebührengesetz (LHGebG) Section 3 of the Act on Higher-education Fees of the State of Baden-Württemberg
** Forschungspraktikum/Forschungsaufenthalt, Research internship/Research stay
*** § 60 Abs. 1 Satz 7 LHG Section 60, par. 1, clause 7 of the Law of Baden-Württemberg on Universities and Colleges
After your arrival at KIT, you have to enroll.
- You should open a German bank account and transfer the semester contribution. You should have received instructions and the bank details for the transfer in an email together with your admission letter.
- You should see a German public health insurance (http://www.karlsruhe.de/b3/gesundheit/krankenkassen.de ) to either take out health insurance in Germany or to get a health insurance waiver. The expert at the health insurance will be able to help you with what to do.
- Fill in the form under http://www.intl.kit.edu/download/Antrag_auf_Einschreibung_fuer_Zeitstudierende.pdf.
- With the filled in form, your German health insurance certificate or waiver, a passport photo and your proof of the semester contribution payment, you should go to the International Students Office to start your enrollment paperwork (Monday, Wednesday or Friday; 9.30am to 11.30am).
Tuition Fees for International Students
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 click the Ministry's website.
Updated: May 2018