Erasmus & Overseas Exchange Students

With study programs in the fields of Civil Engineering, Earth Sciences, Spatial Sciences, and Geodesy and Geoinformatics our faculty offers a wide variety of courses and seminars.
The following information will give you an initial overview of important processes and a few tips for drawing up your course plan (Learning Agreement).

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.

  • As a KIT student, you can attend language courses every semester - free of charge!
  • For international students, we recommend attending a German course at the Studienkolleg to refresh and improve your German language skills.
  • If you are already proficient in German or just want to learn a new language, you can also take one of the foreign languages offered at the Language Center. 
  • If you don't want to take a language course, but would still like to learn and/or improve your German or another language and are willing to teach your native language in return, the Studierendenwerk's language tandems are the place to be. Here you can either browse through the existing offers or place an ad yourself.

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

From KIT's side, you can change your Learning Agreement up to 5 weeks after the start of the lecture period.
Please use the 'During the Mobility' section of the current Learning Agreement - either in the MobOn database or (if you have not uploaded a DLA yet) the Word template of the Learning Agreement (page 3).
Your changes must be signed by both the coordinator at your home university and your KIT faculty coordinator. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Erasmus office:

Please note: You can only register for the exams listed on your Learning Agreement.

The lecture period in the WS 2023/24 runs from 23/10/2023 to 17/02/2024.
After that (from 19/02/24) 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 

Coodination Erasmus & Overseas Exchange Students
Angelika Fels, angelika.fels∂, 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∂, phone +49 721 608-42201

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

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

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