Welcome to the KIT-Department of Civil Engineering, Geo and Environmental Sciences

In the following we have compiled some information that you should consider when planning your study stay:

The following language skills are required at our KIT-Department:

  • a German language certificate at level B1 of the CEFR, if only courses in German are to be attended, or
  • an English language certificate at 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.

In exceptional cases and only after consultation with our departmental coordinator, exchange students can be admitted to study at KIT only with proof of good English skills (at least B2), e.g. if you are writing a project or thesis at KIT and your supervisor at KIT has agreed to admit you without proof of German skills.

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

  • attend a German course in your country before your arrival at KIT (and present a certificate or proof by a private teacher)
  • or participate in a pre-semester German language course at KIT
  • or attend a German course during your studies at KIT and include it in your Learning Agreement (4 ECTS)
  • Participation in the pre-semester German course at KIT is mandatory for all applicants who have no/insufficient knowledge of German.

In general, the language certificates do not necessarily have to be from the Goethe Institute/TOEFL/IELTS. We also accept language certificates issued by your university or another language school. The certificates should not be older than 5 years.

The KIT Course Catalog External Link contains all course information. (Please make sure to select the correct semester (WS or SS) in the scroll-down menu at the top right of the page). You can search for courses in English via the Extended Search for Events function. Simply select the language, enter your degree program or the institute/department where you want to take your courses.

The module handbooks of each study program will provide detailed information about the course content, language and type of exam. You will find them on the web pages of the respective Study Programs at the KIT-Department BGU

You can change your Learning Agreement up to 5 weeks after the start of the lecture period. Please use the section 'During the Mobility' of your Learning Agreement (if possible digitally in Mobility Online, otherwise analog as PDF) and have it signed by the coordinator at your home university and your department coordinator at KIT. If you need assistance please contact us via email at angelika.fels∂kit.edu

Important: In the KIT Student Portal you can only register for the exams that are listed on your Learning Agreement. Therefore, it is important that you inform us about your updated study plan as early as possible.

The lecture period in the WS 2022/23 runs from 24/10/2022 to 18/02/2023.
After that (from 20.02.23) the exam period begins and you must register for each exam in the CAMPUS student portal BEFORE the exams.
The exam dates and registration deadlines will be announced in ILIAS.

If you are unable to take the regular exams or need special assistance, it is important that you clarify with the instructor well in advance how the exam is to be taken (oral or written, exact date).

The transcript of records is automatically generated by the system at the end of the semester and can be retrieved up to 6 months after exmatriculation via the CAMPUS Student Portal can be retrieved.

For general information, please contact the 

Erasmus Office, KIT-Department of Civil Engineering, Geo and Environmental Sciences
Angelika Fels, angelika.fels∂kit.edu, phone +49 721 608-47245

For subject-specific questions, please contact the departmental coordinators:

Civil Engineering / Water Science & Engineering
Prof. Dr. Olivier Eiff, erasmus-civil∂bgu.kit.edu, phone +49 721 608-42201

Applied Geosciences
Lisa Schäfer, lisa.schaefer∂kit.edu, phone +49 721 608-44172

Geography and Geoecology
Dr. Christophe Neff, christophe.neff∂kit.edu, phone +49 721 608-43481

Geodesy and Geoinformatics
Dr. Hendrik Andersen, hendrik.andersen∂kit.edu, phone +49 721 608-42316