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Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
The University Fridericiana in Karlsruhe was founded in 1825 as a Polytechnic University making it the oldest technical university in Germany.
Karlsruhe, Germany
Language of Instruction: 
Academic Year
Academic Disciplines: 
Architectural Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Program Type: 
Semester or Academic Year
  • Study engineering in Germany.
  • Take your classes in German.
  • Experience student life by living in residence halls.
  • Collins scholarship available. See Further Reading below for more information.
  • Note - this program is no longer a recommended option for Architecture students.
Program Summary: 

The University Fridericiana in Karlsruhe was founded in 1825 as a Polytechnic University making it the oldest technical university in Germany. Even though the emphasis still lies on Engineering Studies, the Human, Social and Natural Sciences are nowadays represented as well. A total of over 300 professors teach and research at approximately 120 university faculties and institutions. With a student population of around 18.500, Karlsruhe does not belong to the major German universities in terms of size however, it enjoys an outstanding reputation. In 2006, Karlsruhe won the excellence initiative, together with two other German universities, thus being awarded the title "Elite-University".

The campus is located near the city center. Lecture halls, libraries, laboratories and administration facilities are all within walking distance. Additionally, it is possible to travel longer distances with the public transport service. The campus boasts many recreational areas and borders the local castle garden as well as the outskirts of the Hardtwald.


Karlsruhe was founded in 1715 by Margrave Karl-Wilhelm, serving as the Grand Dukes' local residence. Karlsruhe has a population of approximately 275,000 residents, making it Baden-Württemberg region's third biggest city. At the city's heart lies the Karlsruhe Castle. From there sprawls a fan shaped road network, which is why Karlsruhe is known as a „Fächerstadt". Culturally, Karlsruhe has much to offer: well-known museums such as the Staatliche Kunsthalle, the Centre for Arts and Mediatechnology (ZKM) or the Badische Landesmuseum as well as theatres (Badische Staatstheater for example) offer a pleasant cultural diversity. The southern geographic location of Karlsruhe, within the protected valley of the upper Rhine, makes it one of Germany's warmest cities, and regions such as the Black Forest and Alsace are within close reach. Cities such as Freiburg, Heidelberg, Stuttgart and Strasbourg can be reached within an hours' train ride.

The Baden-Württemberg Region

Located in the south-west of Germany, the Baden-Württemberg region is in the heart of Western Europe sharing its borders with France and Switzerland. While Baden-Württemberg has more than its fair share of beautiful forests, lakes and castles, it is also an important center of industry and research, home to international industrial enterprises such as Daimler Chrysler, Porsche, Boss and SAP. The universities of Baden-Württemberg have a strong international focus and host many international students each year.

Academic Information: 

Intensive German Language Course

To ensure a good start at the KIT, all exchange students may participate in a pre-semester German language course. The course takes place three weeks before the university courses start. Additionally, language courses will be offered regularly during the semester by the "Sprachenzentrum" of the KIT (however some of these may cost extra).

Orientation Program

KIT offers an orientation week shortly before the start of the semester, during which students can obtain the necessary information about the city, get to know each other and fill in all remaining forms.

Academic Program

KIT offers coursework in: Math, Physics, Chemistry and Biosciences, Human and Social Sciences, Architecture, Construction Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Process Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Information Engineering, and Economic Science.


Students live in student residence halls with private bedrooms and shared kitchen and bath facilities.


Academic Year programs are open to KU architecture students with sophomore status or higher and a 2.75 cumulative GPA who have completed 4 semesters of college-level German or the equivalent by the beginning of the program. Students with less than the required 4 semesters can prepare for the year by taking intensive language courses abroad over the summer prior to the start of the program. Students interested in this option are encouraged to contact the Office of Study Abroad for more details and information.

Additionally, KIT offers a handful of courses in English each term. A list of courses offered in English can be found here:http://www.aaa.kit.edu/download/Englische_Veranstaltungen.pdf.

Further Reading: 

City Map of Karlsruhe: http://www.meinestadt.de/Karlsruhe?FRAMESET=_frameset_karte.html

Drs. Dean T. and Elisabeth Collins Scholarship
Fund created by estate gift from the late Dean and Elisabeth Collins. Awards up to $10,000 for students on semester or $20,000 for year long programs to Germany.  Open to all majors but preference for students studying music and particularly opera. Minimum 2.5 GPA requirement. Apply online: https://ku.studioabroad.com/?go=CollinsScholarship 

Baden-Württemberg Scholarship
The State Government of Baden-Württemberg has set up a scholarship foundation providing scholarships to undergraduate and postgraduate German and foreign exchange students. A brief outline of the scholarships can be found under www.bw-stipendium.de. For more details and application forms, contact the KU Office of Study Abroad.

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
A wide range of scholarships are also available through the German Academic Exchange Service (www.daad.de). Please contact the KU Office of Study Abroad for more information.



Study Abroad Information Center
To learn more about your study abroad options, we encourage you to visit the Study Abroad Info Center (105 Lippincott Hall). The Study Abroad Info Center offers walk-in advising for current and prospective students. Drop by to learn more about program options, make an appointment with a study abroad program coordinator, get information on scholarships and financial aid, and talk to returned study abroad students. We also encourage you to explore the resources available on our website to learn more about the application process, KU Core Approved programs, and the cost of study abroad. 

Study Abroad Information Center
Lippincott Hall, Room 105
1410 Jayhawk Boulevard
Hours: Monday - Friday. 9AM - 5 PM
Contact: studyabroad@ku.edu

Study Abroad Financial Advising
The Office of Study Abroad has weekly 'You Can Afford to Study Abroad' Financial Aid and Scholarship Info Sessions/Open Meetings on Wednesday afternoons at 4:00 pm and Thursday afternoons at 2:00 pm in the Info Center (105 Lippincott Hall). The financial aid officer will be happy to take any questions and can offer individual advising at the end of sessions for specific concerns. For those that cannot attend the weekly Info Sessions due to scheduling conflicts, we also offer appointments for financial planning as well as financial aid and scholarship advising for students. Please visit 108 Lippincott Hall or call 785-864-3742 to set up an appointment.


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