Top reasons to study here

  • By now, almost 600 Master and PhD students and alumni from 40 different countries are part of KSOP.
  • The mission of the Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics (KSOP) is to provide the best possible environment for first-class research and education
  • We actively promote thesis work of our doctoral researchers by dedicated supervision, mentoring, networking as well as by scientific and technical training.

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Since its foundation, the Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics has been funded under the German that was launched to support world-class research and education at German universities.


The educational concept is designed to qualify graduates for accelerated careers at world leading academic institutions and in high-technology industries. The Research Areas are: Photonic Materials and Devices, Advanced Spectroscopy, Biomedical Photonics, Optical Systems and Solar Energy.


The five KSOP research areas are organized according to the needs in education and the existing strengths of the research programs at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). All research areas are strongly interlinked and most institutes feature research projects in more than one of the research areas. Brief introductions into these research areas:

  • Photonic Materials & Devices
  • Advanced Spectroscopy
  • Biomedical Photonics
  • Optical Systems
  • Solar Energy


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 counseling 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.


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 family-friendly institution, KIT focuses on information, consulting and well-directed support.

Housing services

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 to register there early and additionally 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 apartment
  • 500 - 600 €/per month for a flat for two persons

Library services

Currently, the IFR's library comprises about 34,000 volumes. It is continuously complemented. Besides monographs, it subscribes to 52 periodicals, 110 series of papers as well as to chosen daily and weekly papers.

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 KIT has numerous student organizations where students can put the theory from their lectures into practice. KSOP students have the opportunity to join OSKar, Optics Students Karlsruhe, to meet other passionate students who want to spread knowledge about optics & photonics. OSKar is also a student chapter registered under two of the biggest optics & photonic societies in the world, OSA & SPIE. 


The KIT is system-accredited by AAQ. All Karlsruhe School of Optics and Photonics programs are accredited by the internal quality assurance system of the KIT.