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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

Information for Refugees

Please find an overview of activities and projects for refugees at KIT here.

KIT Youtube Channel with videos in Arabic
about KIT's audit program and with further information for refugees.


Information on study possibilities and application

No matter what you would like to know about studies in Germany or in particular at KIT, we will provide you with information and try to help:


You are welcome to attend open office hours for help and advice for your application for summer term 2018 (registration appreciated: daniela.rueden∂ or iris.jesske∂ but not necessarily needed):

Thursdays 13:00 – 16:00
Adenauering 2, Room 005, 76131 Karlsruhe

… or to ask for an appointment (if possible, bring simple copies of your certificates with you).


Please contact:

International Students Office
Iris Jesske
Building 50.20
Room 113

Email: iris.jesske∂
Tel.: 0721/60844942

Adenauerring 2
76131 Karlsruhe

Scholarships and News

On-site consultation:

Benefit from the KIT Studies Ambassador Program.

Following an invitation, students of KIT will visit temporary accommodations of refugees / refugee initiatives in the region of Karlsruhe and provide information in Arabic, Amharic, English, French, Pashto, Panjabi, Urdu or Tigrinya. KIT studies ambassadors are students of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. They have different scientific backgrounds. The costs of the program are financed from funds of the DAAD. The institutions accommodating refugees have no costs or obligations whatsoever. Financed by the DAAD from funds of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).



  • The Hans-Böckler-Stiftung offers refugees the possibility to apply for a scholarship. Criteria are good academic performance, voluntary, political or social commitment. Further information here.
  • You can find an overview of scholarships in Germany in the DAAD scholarship database.
  • Some students also can apply for Bafög.


ProRef - Programming course for refugees in Karlsruhe

Some researchers from the KIT are offering a basic course in the field of computer sciences and Java programming for refugees in Karlsruhe. Each lesson will consist of a concise lecture and a subsequent hands-on session, during which you will be guided to develop your first, very own small programs on the computers in the lab. After attending all six classes you will receive a certificate of participation.

Register for the next course here:


Microsoft Office für Einsteiger -Leran how to work with Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. 

Free of charge for refugees; 6 evenings between November, the 26th and December 6th.
For more details as well as you registration check the following link:
(Application deadline: 23November 2018).


CyberForum: Information and counselling
Access to the German IT sector


FAQs concerning higher studies for refugees

Many frequently asked questions concerning higher studies for refugees in Germany are answered in this PDF-file.

Useful links

Information on study programmes, application procedure and student life in Baden-Württemberg can be found on the following websites:

Information on study programmes, application procedure and student life in Germany can be found on the following websites:


German language courses and tests

DAAD-Welcome-Course for refugees

The course covers grammar exercises and listening-reading practise. Furthermore, your vocabulary as well as your communication and writing skills will be improved. Participants‘ questions will be discussed (test preparation included).

The course is based on the „OLS for refugees“ language support (license free of charge).

Further information:

If you are interested, please register during our open office hour (Thursdays 2 pm – 4 pm) or write an email to: daniela.rueden∂

Integration courses in your neighborhood

Are you searching for an integration course in your neighborhood? Try the new search mask on the webpage of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees: Integration course in your neighborhood.

"Lernwerkstatt" at Karlsruhe Volkshochschule

The Volkshochschule Karlsruhe offers courses for beginners, free of charge, for levels A1 to B1. They are called "Lernwerkstatt Deutsch als Zweitsprache" and are held twice a week. You can find the overview at Volkshochschule.

Langauge course at KIT

For candidates who are aiming to study at KIT. Two times a week + training (Places are limited - Please contact us for futher information).

DSH preparation course (Daily, are bound to a so-called "Vormerkung" for a course of studies at KIT. Requirement: German level B1).

Language course: DaF MINT

The DaF MINT-language course provides an insight into the technical terminology used in MINT courses of studies.

Requirement: Good knowledge of German language. At least German level B2.

Application via MINT-Kolleg

The onSET for Refugees

The Online Language Placement Test is suitable for refugees who wish to attend a language course before they begin or continue their studies in Germany. Registered refugees can take the test for free in German (formerly known as the onDaF) or English. Moreover, the test can be repeated every 6 months in order to evaluate your improvement.

Your onSET result will help you find the appropriate language course. Colleges and language course providers will quickly be able to assign you to the course that is best for you.

Further information

Learn German online

Language courses online and free of charge! Please note, such courses will not compensate a regular language course, but they are a complementation worth being considered. The majority of study programmnes in Germany is entirely taught in German and high German language skills are mandatory for admission.

Telc C1 Hochschule:


Furthermore, there are two overviews from the city of Karlsruhe (in German): Learn German online and German for business.