Karlsruhe Institute Of Technology [KIT], Karlsruhe Courses, Fees, Ranking, & Admission Criteria


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    Karlsruhe Institute of Technology: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships

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    Established in 2009, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany is a merger of the Technical University of Karlsruhe (established 1825) and Karlsruhe Research Center (established 1956). It is a member of TU9 which is a conglomeration of the best Technical & Engineering universities in Germany.

    It has over 22, 111 students enrolled with 20% international students. With over 9000 employees, more than half of which are working in research, the KIT is one of the biggest research institutions in Europe.

    Karlsruhe Institute of Technology offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the fields of Arts, Sports, Law, Economics and Social Sciences, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Engineering Sciences, Science of Art, and other courses of studies.

    Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Rankings

    World University 2019 Rankings of the Times Higher Education (THE):

    • #20 in Germany and #175 in the world ranking.
    • #7 in Germany and #69 for Natural Sciences.
    • #4 in Germany and #74 for Engineering.

    Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings:

    • #5 in Germany and #124 in the world ranking, 2019
    • #4 in Germany and #58 worldwide for Natural Sciences in 2020
    • #4 in Germany and #68 worldwide for Engineering in 2020
    • Among 100 best universities in the world in 9 subject areas by Subject Rankings 2020
    • Honored placement of the institution globally in the top 50 Universities for Mechanical Engineering, Physics, and Material Sciences.

    ARWU or Shanghai Rankings:

    • #11- #21 in Germany and #201-#300 in the world ranking of 2019
    • #3 - #4 in Germany and #51- #75 worldwide for Natural Sciences in 2016
    • #5 - #6 in Germany and #151-#200 world wide for Engineering in 2016
    • #1 in Germany and #8 globally for Meteorology in 2019.


    Type Public
    Year of Establishment 2009
    Endowment(2018) Over 881 million Euros
    Student Acceptance rate 20% - 30%
    Enrollment 22, 111 Students
    Academic Calendar Semester based
    International Student Percentage 20%
    Estimated Cost for International Students Euros 12,908
    Contact International Office +49 721 608-44911
    Official Website www.kit.edu/english

    Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Campus

    • The university has several campuses in Karlsruhe which is the second-largest city of Baden-Württemberg. KIT’s main campus is spread over 150 acres of land with a park and a forest close to it.
    • The excellent research infrastructure extends from state-of-the-art laboratory equipment to the world’s only large-scale research facility of its kind.
    • The north campus is located in the city’s administrative district, whereas its south campus is located in the city center.
    • It has a vibrant Campus Life with Cultural Centers, Theatres, Gym, Music Club, and Sports Center.

    Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Residence

    • The international office at KIT assists foreign students with finding a place to stay in Karlsruhe.
    • International students should apply for housing well in advance with the student union to avail inexpensive accommodation in one of their residence halls.
    • Nearly 3000 rooms are available in student dormitories by the Studentenwerk Karlsruhe.

    Applicants can find accommodations in:

    • Dormitory Places:
      • The largest provider of rooms in dormitories is the student quarters. A list of the dormitories of the Studierendenwerk in Karlsruhe can be found directly at the official website.
    • Shared Apartments:
      • Offers can be found about shared apartments on the bulletin boards at the university or in the student union.
      • In most cases, the monthly rent is between 170 Euros and 300 Euros (as of August 2011).
      • The cost may vary depending on the size of the room and the furniture in the room.
    • Private Accommodation
      • For students who wish to live alone can search ads in the daily newspapers like Karlsruhe Courier, Bulky Waste, and Baden Latest News (BNN).
      • Another option is to contact a broker, but this can be expensive because brokerage agencies can charge commissions of up to three months' rent.
    • Youth Hostel
      • For students who do not find temporary residence upon arrival can stay in the youth hostel for a few days.
      • This is located on Moltkestrasse next to the university of applied sciences, about 15 minutes' walk from the university.
      • A valid youth hostel ID card from a German or foreign youth hostel association required to stay at the youth hostel.
      • Up to the age of 26 an overnight stay costs EUR 22.20. (as of August 2017).

    Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Programs

    • Over 100 options in courses are made available for the students imparting world-class higher education and interdisciplinary research facilities.
    • The core subjects like Natural And Engineering Sciences, Economics, Humanities, and Social Sciences are taught by the top-notch faculties.
    • International students can opt for 1 bachelor’s degree program (Mechanical Engineering), 11 master’s programs, and 5 doctoral programs which are completely in English.
    • Number of Courses at a Glance:
      • Undergraduate Bachelor Courses: 43
      • Consecutive Master's Programs: 56
      • Postgraduate Master's Programs: 8
    • KIT also has international schools namely Hector School of Engineering and Management and Karlsruhe School of Optics and Photonics offering courses on Optics and Photonics M.Sc. Production and Operations Management M.Sc. Financial Engineering M.Sc.and many more.
    • To help the students gain more knowledge and experience in their respective fields of choice, KIT also offers double degree programs. Double Degree programs are cooperation programs with foreign universities. Part of the degree is studied at KIT and a (mostly minor) part at the foreign university located in Argentina, China, France, Italy, Bulgaria, Korea, EU, and Chile.
    • To help students get their dream jobs, KIT also provides vocational training. This training is done not only to train the students in their chosen profession but also to promote their personal skills. These training in various fields of scientific, technical, or commercial, can help a student to excel in any field they take up.

    Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Admissions

    Application Portal: Applicants can apply for the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology admissions via the Online Application Portal.

    After completing the application, candidates need to print it out and send it along with required documents to the university’s international office.

    Application Calendar: Semester Based

    In-take Season: Summer, Winter.

    Admission Requirements:

    • Completed Application
    • Official Transcripts
      • High School Equivalent/University Qualifications for UG admissions
      • Bachelor’s Degree for graduate admissions
      • Accompanied by English/German translations if required
    • Letters of Recommendations: 2 LORs (Graduate)
    • Essay/Statement of Purpose
    • Minimum GPA required: 3.0
    • Interview (Graduate)
    • ResumeDeclaration and Verification of Finances

    Language Proficiency Requirements


    An applicant for any course (especially courses taught in german) must have at least mid-level knowledge of German. The following Test Scores are required to be submitted before the application deadline:

    • DSH2 (or one of the recognized equivalents)
    • Test DaF 4444 (minimum 4x4)
    • DSD 2 of German schools abroad
    • German Language Test as part of Feststellungsprüfung(assessment test at preparatory college)
    • Goethe Certificate C2
    • Telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule


    TOEFL 570 paper-based 230 computer-based 88 internet-based
    IELTS 6.5 and no section below 5.5
    CAE and CPE A,B,C

    Application Deadlines

    15 July (winter semester);
    15 January (summer semester).

    Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Cost of Attendance

    International students (from third countries / non-EU countries) have to pay tuition fees of 1,500 EUR per semester in the bachelor's, teacher training, and consecutive master's degree as well as free movers from the winter semester 2017/18.

    Fee Amount to be paid Per Semester (EUR)
    Administration Fee 70.00
    Student Union Fee 77.70
    Contribution For Student Body 5.99

    Tuition Fees Per Semester Per Semester Total (EUR)
    Second Tuition Fees 803.69
    Tuition Fees for International Students 1,653.69
    Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Course 1,653.69

    The average expenditure of a student in Karlsruhe, including fees, is between EUR 800 and EUR 900 per month, depending on the personal situation.

    Estimated cost can be tabulated as follows:

    Expenses Cost in EUR Per Month
    Rent 355
    Food 168
    Transport and communication 60
    Clothing 42
    Books And Others 25
    Health Insurance 90
    Leisure/Personal 60
    Total 800

    Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Financial Aid

    • From grants, scholarships, loans to on-campus jobs, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Financial Aid has many aids that are available to students who don't have a stable financial condition or are in need of financial aid.
    • There are mainly two types of financial aids:
      • General Financial Aid: All international students who find themselves in economic distress can apply.
      • STIBET Financial Aid: International students who are in the last stage of their study and who have registered or are about to register for their thesis can apply. Aid is awarded to students who unexpectedly fall in financial distress and have no other means of funding themselves.
      • Both of the aids are provided for up to 6 months. At least 250 EUR per month is given as financial aid. Students are required to maintain a grade point of at least 2.5 to be eligible.
    • Scholarships: The thirteen major state and national funding agencies are:
      • Academic Foundation of the German people
      • Cusanuswerk Episcopal Study Funding
      • Evangelisches Studierendenwerk eV Villigst
      • Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Studienwerk
      • Avicenna study program
      • Hans Böckler Foundation
      • Friedrich Ebert Stiftung
      • Konrad Adenauer Foundation
      • Hanns Seidel Foundation
      • Heinrich Böll Foundation
      • Rosa Luxemburg Foundation
      • Friedrich Naumann Foundation
      • Foundation of the German Economy - Klaus Murmann Study Fund
    • Work and Study: Part-time jobs are a good way to fund the day-to-day needs of a student who has distress in finance.
      • KIT allows students to work while studying.
      • Students are allowed to work for 120 full days or 240 half days. However, working more than 20 hours a week is not compatible with a full-time course, as is generally offered by universities in Baden-Württemberg.
      • A student can earn between EUR 5 to EUR 15 per hour and roughly around EUR 450 per month.
      • Tax-free one-year earnings devoid of issuance of social security - EUR 8,354

    Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Alumni

    It has a growing network of over 22,000 registered alumni all over the world. Its 18 international alumni clubs and alumni scouts in other countries. Few notable alumni of the institute are:

    • Carl Friedrich Benz, Engine Designer and Automotive Engineer
    • Carsten Spohr, German Airline Executive
    • Stefan Quandt, Billionaire Heir, Engineer and Industrialist.
    • Albert Speer, Minister of Armaments and War Production
    • Cyriac Roeding, German-American Entrepreneur Based in Silicon Valley.
    • Stefanie Dehnen, German Chemist
    • Stefanie Petermichl, Mathematical Analyst
    • Alexander Gerst, German European Space Agency Astronaut and Geophysicist.

    Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Placements

    • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology does not let down when coming to careers. It has helped students hone their skills and interests, and articulate them confidently in resumes, cover letters, interviews, and personal statements.
    • The average annual salary of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology graduates according to payscale is EUR 52K.


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    Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Overview

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    Student : Faculty Ratio
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    $3,330 / Year
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    Schools, Faculties & Campuses


    Carl Benz School

    Address: Schloßpl. 19, 76131 Karlsruhe

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    Address: Schlossplatz 19 76131 Karlsruhe Germany


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    Following completing my schooling I searched for the university that offered employability, quality lectures, individualized service package, support, additional training, and study guidance in order to develop my professional profile. Then I came across The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. I decided to study here as it possesses all the features that I wanted to acquire.

    Course Curriculum


    My course will be completed over a duration of 3 years that comprises of 6 semesters. The classes kicked off with the preparatory course in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, and English. After two years of concept-based studies, I will be given a chance to choose from specialization in either Automotive Engineering, Energy Engineering or Global Production Management. I liked this method of teaching as all of us will be on the same page at the end of the day.

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    Karlsruhe Durlacher Tor/KIT0.52 km
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