Incoming students - studying at the KIT-Department of Civil Engineering, Geo and Environmental Sciences

Welcome to the KIT-Department of Civil Engineering, Geo and Environmental Sciences
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Our KIT-Department offers practice-oriented and contemporary teaching in the form of seminars, lectures, lab courses, field work, etc. 39 professors and a broad-based teaching staff offer a wide range of teaching areas across the Campus. Students benefit from the friendly atmosphere and enjoy studying in a caring environment with advisors and service points.

Why study at KIT?
Being "the Research University in the Helmholtz Association", KIT creates and imparts knowledge for the society and the environment. It is the objective to make significant contributions to the global challenges in the fields of energy, mobility, and information. For this, more than 9,000 employees cooperate on a broad range of disciplines in natural sciences, engineering scienes, economics, and the humanities and social sciences. KIT prepares its students for responsible tasks in society, industry, and science by offering research-based study programs. Innovation efforts at KIT build a bridge between important scientific findings and their application for the benefit of society, economic prosperity, and the preservation of our natural basis of life. KIT is one of the German Universities of Excellence.
Why study in Karlsruhe?
Karlsruhe lies in south-western Germany on the western edge of Baden-Württemberg bordering the Black Forest and has over 300,000 residents. It's close to other major cities such as Heidelberg, Stuttgart or Frankfurt/Main. KIT's main campus is in the heart of Karlsruhe's city centre. It borders on the Hardtwald Forest, a perfect place to take a stroll. The campus is almost 60 hectares large. The proximity to Alsace and the mild climate of the Rhine Valley gives the local metropolis an almost Mediterranean flair in the summer, which makes balmy summer evenings in the historic park surrounding the castle a pleasant student experience. Your semester abroad will surely be an unforgettable experience, not only at our KIT-Department but also in Karlsruhe.
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Auf dem Campus Süd / outdoors at campus south
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Karlsruhe Schloss

Regular studies for degree seekers

International students benefit from our wide range of study programs within our KIT-Department. With our master courses in English, it is possible to study successfully with less knowledge of German, depending on the subject.

For a complete overview of our study programs see Study programs.
Which study programs are completely in English?
We currently offer three study programs that can be studied entirely in English:
For more insight please follow the links and check the appropriate module handbook to find out which courses within the programs are designated as courses in English. Most courses also offer (elective) lectures in German.
Double degrees at our KIT-Department
Required language skills

Required language skills at the KIT-Department BGU are:

  • a German language certificate on level B1 of the CEFR, if only courses in German language are to be attended or
  • an English language certificate on level B2 of the CEFR, if only courses in English are to be attended, or
  • both language certificates (a B1 CEFR level in German and a B2 CEFR level in English), if courses in both languages are to be attended.

More information on the general guidelines for language requirements are on the KIT International Students Office page on applying for a bachelor's programme.

In order to cope with your everyday life in Karlsruhe and at KIT, we strongly recommend all applicants to learn German. You can

Benefit from free language courses: Every student at KIT can attend one language course per semester free of charge. You can choose to learn or improve your German or learn another foreign language.

In general: To enroll in any Bachelor/Master program that is taught in German, you need proof of: DSH or TestDAF with a result of at least DSH-2 or TestDAF 4x4x4x4. For more information on the German language skills follow this link .

You do not need any German language knowledge (although, again, it is really helpful if you want to study in Germany) for a Bachelor/Master taught in English. However you will need a TOEFL test, or an IELTS (>6,5) or a UNIcert. Please check the requirements of the program you want to study for details.

Information on how to apply for a study place at KIT
The IStO website for Incoming Students has all the necessary information on how to apply for a study place at KIT. The application procedure is exclusively online. The online application guides you through all necessary steps and by registering you can submit documents at any time. Should you encounter any problems you are welcome to contact KITs International Students Office or our BGU international coordinator (see below).
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Civil Engineering Building 10.81

Temporary studies

You would like to experience KIT as an exchange student for one or two semesters? Exchange programs such as Erasmus or Eucor offer an appropriate framework. Overseas exchange with KIT and free movers are welcome, too. General information about requirements, application, etc. are on the KIT International Students Office website. Here are the current possibilities that you have at our KIT-Department:


For students from our partner universities

ERASMUS+ Internship

Chose an internship with ERASMUS

Erasmus Internship

European Partnership for an Innovative Campus Unifying Regions

Study within Europe in a special program





Distant internships in Europe

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For students of the Eucor partner universities

free movers
Free Mover

For students of a non-partner university of KIT

Free mover
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Studying outside Europe