4.4 out of 5 (160 reviews) Karlsruhe, Germany
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.

Top reasons to study here

  • KIT is among the leading engineering research institutions worldwide.
  • In 60 study courses, KIT students acquire knowledge and skills for new scientific breakthroughs and the development of viable applications.
  • Research results are not only intended to be of theoretical use, but to be applied in practice.



50 years after the foundation of Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe and 181 years after the foundation of Universität Karlsruhe, both institutions were successful in the Excellence Initiative of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Federal States 2006. Our concept for the future envisaged the unique merger of both institutions into Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).


Program-oriented research of the Divisions is organized in Helmholtz programmes. The KIT Departments are responsible for university education. At the KIT Centers, scientists are working on division-overlapping research and innovation topics. In this way, interdisciplinary cooperation is supported at the KIT. The KIT Service Units render efficient services to support the actors in research, education, and innovation in fulfilling their key tasks. The KIT Service Units support both the staff and the organization and conceive development strategies in both areas.


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.

It is dynamic and develops and takes up new scientific topics.While the Competence Portfolio is the basis of KIT research, KIT centers and KIT focuses are organizational units that bundle research projects.


KIT wants to actively promote dual careers and support partners of new employees in continuing their professional careers. Please do not hesitate to make use of our individual counselling interviews that will help you find adequate approaches and solutions and identify potential employers in the region. We assist you in establishing first contacts to conceivable employers and support you as you go through applications.

University Ranking

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Student services

KIT works on a better compatibility of career and family. One step forward is the certification with the audit career and family.Hand in hand with employees, representatives of the Presidential Committee, the Human Resources Management and the Equal Opportunity have defined spheres of activity, achievements and chances for improvement. In August 2010, KIT received the certificate.As a familiy-friendly institution, KIT focuses on information, consulting and well-directed support.

Housing services

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
  • 500 - 600 €/per month for a flat for two persons

Library services

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

Medical services

Response time targets for the Welsh Ambulance Service Trust (WAST) are not currently being met, particularly for high priority emergencies in rural areas. Collaborative work between WAST and the Cardiff OR Group, has explored the use of different research methodologies to assist WAST with decisions on ambulance locations, capacities and deployments.

Student Life

Campus life

KIT is divided into a university sector and a large-scale research sector with a number of scientific facilities and organizational units rendering infrastructure and administration services. Centers and focuses are organizational units bundling KIT research projects. They are the basis of strategic research planning. Research and development activities of the large-scale research sector are embedded in the superordinate program structure of the Hermann von Helmholtz Association and focus on four research areas with a total of twelve programs. Research work in the university sector is carried out in eleven departments.

Sports facilities

In Germany, Karlsruhe is known above all for its soccer club Karlsruher SC (KSC) . Of course, Karlsruhe and KIT have more to offer than just soccer.Sports clubs and the KIT university sports ( German only) offer almost an infinite range of sports opportunities. There is something for everyone here.For more information on sporting facilities go to Karlsruhe Citywiki (German only).The KIT university sports program is for KIT students (and its partner institutions) as well as KIT staff. The sports are diverse and wide-ranging from recreational to competitive. Further information is available on the pages of KIT University Sport.

Student clubs

The Students Association of the International Department (SAID) is the student body of the Carl Benz School of Engineering. It was founded in 2005 and since then its priority has always been to enhance all students’ educational experience at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

The board of the SAID is elected by the students in the annual plenary General Assembly of the Carl Benz School of Engineering. In order to be considered for board membership, students must actively take part in the SAID.


The KIT Steel & Lightweight Structures , is recognized and functions as a National and European inspection and certification body.In the national area, the KIT Steel & Lightweight Structures is an official testing centre for issuing general test certificates approved by building law.