Outgoing Students - studying abroad
gives you insight into new cultures, learning systems & work fields
improves your language skills,
strengthens your intercultural competencies
and opens up new international networks.
The idea of spending one or two semesters abroad sounds simple in itself. But a study stay or an internship abroad is a big personal challenge for any individual. Apart from language barriers, there are many other factors to consider: the study achievements in the different countries must fit together so that they can be recognised towards your degree. Learning agreements are drawn up to ensure this. Most exchange programs offer help with accommodation, language courses, and subsidise travel costs. And they also have special offices and administrators to help you.
Recommended time for studying abroad during your studies at KIT
We recommend studying abroad after the end of the 5th semester at the earliest, after successfully passing a large part of the examinations. Additional modules or an industrial training (coordinated via KOOR Best) can be completed abroad. Writing the Bachelor thesis abroad is only allowed in exceptional cases and only in consultation with a lecturer of the department.
Studying abroad during the Master's program is recommend for completing the technical supplementary subjects, additional subjects or the industrial training. Parts of the specialisation subjects or extended basics can be completed abroad, too. However, this must be agreed in advance with the person responsible for the specialisation subjects or, in the case of the extended fundamentals, with the lecturer. An examination schedule agreement is set and signed together with the learning agreement.
Which study achievements can I cover?
Electives and additional modules can be completed abroad, as well as the Bachelor's thesis in consultation with a department representative.
Studying abroad during the Master's program: we recommend technical supplementary subjects and additional subjects first. It is possible to complete parts of the specialisation subjects or extended basics abroad. However, please consult your person responsible for the specialisation subjects or, in the case of the extended fundamentals, with the lecturer in advance.
What about language problems?
Don't let the language get in your way. The KIT-Sprachenzentrum offers a wide range of language courses. And every students gets one free course per semester. ERASMUS students also get a free language course at their partner university.
Opportunities for outgoers
Students and staff at the KIT-Department of Civil Engineering, Geo and Environmental Sciences have several possibilities to follow up on studying abroad. General information on the programs is available via the International Students Office for all KIT students and staff.
The website Studieren weltweit has lots of helpful information to start with and to get an idea of what other people have experienced during their time abroad.
European universities have developed various exchange programs to make it as easy as possible to pursue studies and internships abroad and therefore to promote exchange. Independent exchanges are possible, too: