Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

exchange program

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) was created in 2009 when the University of Karlsruhe (founded in 1825) was merged with the Karlsruhe Research Center. KIT pools its three core tasks of research, higher education, and innovation in a single mission. With 9,300 employees and 25,000 students, KIT is one of the big institutions of research and higher education in natural sciences and engineering in Europe. It aims to be an institution of top research, excellent scientific education, and a prominent location of academic life, life-long learning, comprehensive advanced training, unrestricted exchange of know-how, and sustainable innovation culture.

KIT combines the traditions of a renowned technical university and a major large-scale research institution in a unique way. In research and education, KIT assumes responsibility for contributing to the sustainable solution of the grand challenges that face society, industry, and the environment. For this purpose, KIT uses its financial and human resources with maximum efficiency. The scientists of KIT communicate the content and results of their work to society.

KIT is ranked in the top 100 of the “QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017” in nine subjects. It is ranked 29th in natural sciences and 38th in engineering & technology worldwide. In physics and material sciences KIT holds also a place in the top 50 worldwide.

According to the QS Graduate Employability Ranking 2017, KIT is the best university in Germany and in 20th position worldwide. Moreover, according to the Times Higher Education ranking 2017, KIT is among the 100 institutions with the strongest global connections worldwide.

General information for exchange students can be found here:

 Information for Exchange Students (website)

Major: ECE or ME

Study Year:  Senior

GPA Requirement: None

English Requirement: CEFR level B2 or equivalent

Summer : April – July

Winter : October – February

 Term Periods

The Department of Mechanical Engineering has descriptions of English-language courses here:

 Module Manual (BSc; page 158) Module Manual (MSc; page 402)

The Institute of Product Engineering (IPEK) offers a course sequence on Mechanical Design, with the initial course offered in the winter term.

 Mechanical Design I

JI senior students with ECE major are encouraged to take courses at the Karlsruhe School for Optics and Photonics (KSOP). This graduate school is part of the KIT and its entire program is in English. For details, please contact the IPO. A list of courses can be found here:

 Module Manual

JI students continue to pay tuition at JI; no tuition is paid at KIT. Administration fee may be charged by KIT. Cost of living is approximately 600 – 800 Euro / month, including housing, and a model budget can be found here.