4.6 out of 5 (120 ratings / 38 reviews) Karlsruhe, Germany
KIT combines the traditions of a renowned technical university and a major large-scale research institution in a very unique way. In research and education, KIT assumes responsibility for contributing to the sustainable solution of the grand challenges that face the society, industry, and the environment. For this purpose, KIT uses its financial and human resources with maximum efficiency.

Top reasons to study here

  • KIT creates and imparts knowledge for the society and the environment.
  • KIT makes significant contributions to the global challenges of mankind in the fields of energy, mobility, and information.
  • KIT offers research-based study programs to prepare our students for responsible positions in society, industry, and science.

About

History

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, briefly referred to as KIT, was established by the merger of the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH and the Universität Karlsruhe (TH) on October 01, 2009. KIT combines the tasks of a university of the state of Baden-Württemberg with those of a research center of the Helmholtz Association in the areas of research, teaching, and innovation.

Education

Engineering sciences, natural sciences, the humanities, and social sciences make up the scope of subjects covered by KIT. In high interdisciplinary interaction, scientists of these disciplines study topics extending from the fundamentals to application and from the development of new technologies to the reflection of the relationship between man and technology.

For this to be accomplished in the best possible way, KIT’s research covers the complete range from fundamental research to close-to-industry, applied research and from small research partnerships to long-term large-scale research projects. Scientific sincerity and the striving for excellence are the basic principles of our activities.

Research

KIT research will primarily be based on the capacities and knowledge of the scientists, who are members of the over 140 Institutes of KIT. They are supported by an excellent and worldwide unique scientific infrastructure.

In KIT these scientists work in fields of competence depending on their expert know-how. Related fields of competence are bundled in areas of competence. Fields of Competence and Areas of Competence make up the Competence Portfolio of KIT.

Eight KIT Centers pool the program-oriented and coordinated research activities at the KIT, represent KIT’s strategic areas of research to the public, and act as communication and strategy platforms for partners within and outside of KIT.

Career

KIT offers vocational training in more than 30 commercial, technical, and scientific professions.

Every year, about 160 young trainees start their vocational training at KIT after qualified graduation at a secondary general school, intermediate school, or grammar school. They are super-vised by about 200 full-time and part-time trainers. Apart from classical vocational training, KIT offers bachelor programs in cooperation with the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State Universities. Theoretical training phases at a Cooperative State University alternate with practical training phases at KIT.

University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2019
116 -9
2018
107 -9
2017
98
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2019
135 -2
2018
133 11
2017
144
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2018
167
2017
-
2016
-
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2018
201
2017
201
2016
201
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.

Services

Student services

The International Student Office is the contact point at KIT for all international students and prospective students from abroad as well as for KIT students interested in going abroad.

Services for Current and Prospective International Students as well as Exchange Students:

  • Advice and support for current and prospective international students from first contact to successful graduation
  • Support for international exchange students (ERASMUS, DAAD, Baden-Württemberg-prgram) with their first steps in Karlsruhe
  • Introduction
  • Integration activities
  • Individual assistance for graduates from German schools abroad
  • Individual assistance concerning financial and personal problems etc.
  • Financial aid

Housing services

The accommodation situation in Karlsruhe is quite tense, therefore we recommend you to apply for several housing options as soon as possible.

Cost of Living

The general cost of living in Germany is between 500 - 800 €, depending on your accommodation and life style. In Karlsruhe Student housing and private living are available. The student residences have long waiting lists. Therefore we suggest you to register there early and additionaly to look for a flat on the private market.In the city of Karlsruhe you should calculate around:

  • 200 - 250 €/per month for a single room in student residences
  • 250 - 350 €/per month for a room in a shared flat
  • 300 - 400 €/per month for a one-person appartment

Library services

The KIT Library provides information resources and services to  Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences (HsKA) and the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University Karlsruhe (DHBW-KA).

ICT services

The Software library is a collection of software descriptions coming along with download links. It contains software suites for full waveform inversion as well as tools required in the context of such applications. This covers waveform filters, data and model visualization and seismogram simulation.

Student Life

Campus life

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology is distributed over several locations. While the campus north is situated in the administrative district of Karlsruhe near Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, the campus south is about 10 km away in the heart of the city of Karlsruhe. Moreover, there are further locations in the city of Karlsruhe, as well as in the city of Dresden, Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Ulm. Before you plan to visit us, please make sure to get informed about how to reach the location you are looking for.

Sports facilities

The walk-in center for fitness, health and diagnostics at the Institute of Sports and Sports Science is really a health-oriented gym. The opportunities include individual strength and endurance training on state-of-the-art fitness equipment under expert guidance, an extensive range of courses, comprehensive in-depth diagnostics and use of the sauna and swimming pool.

Student clubs

Student Organizations

  • General Student Committee (AStA)
  • working groups 
  • AStA registered student university groups
Fachschaften
  • Student Council Architecture 
  • Fachschaft Bauingenieurwesen 
  • Department of Chemistry and Life Sciences 
  • Fachschaft Elektro- und Informationstechnik 
  • Student Council Humanities and Social Sciences 
  • Fachschaft Geodesy and Geoinformatics 
  • Fachschaft Geosciences 
  • Fachschaft Art History 
  • Fachschaft Maschinenbau / Chemical Engineering 
  • Fachschaft Mathematik / Informatik 
  • Student Council Physics 
  • Student Council Sports 
  • Student Council WiWi