Karlsruhe Institute of Technology - Baden-Wuerttemberg Exchange
KIT welcomes international students on its campuses. Over the years, KIT developed dedicated support for international students to make their start and stay in Karlsruhe as easy and enjoyable as possible. Orientation Week, joint events and trips during the semester, as well as alumni support: international students are in good hands. Just turn to the International Students Office for a personal consultation.
The Surrounding Area
In general, Germany is not known for being the world’s sunniest country, quite the opposite; however the region surrounding Karlsruhe is the exception to the rule. With 1800 sun hours per year and an average temperature of 10,7°C, Karlsruhe is above the national average. The winters are mild and summers offer the perfect weather to enjoy a day out swimming.
Karlsruhe enjoys vast and diverse leisure, culture and sports options, which offer something for everyone. Facets of cultural offerings are well-known theaters and museums*, as well as “Das Fest”* one of the largest annual German open-air-festivals.
KIT, in addition to the many other sports clubs, provides a wide range of sports activities. Please ask the International Office for support. Moreover, the “Badische Meile” (Baden’s mile)* and the Baden-Marathon are held once a year in Karlsruhe.
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KIT offers over 80 future-oriented study courses that will prepare you well for your career. At KIT, you can study engineering, economics, natural sciences, information technology, humanities and social sciences. For further information in German, go to the student page
Students have the choice between taking courses in German or English. For German study, four-semester proficiency must be demonstrated. Click here for a full listing of possible English-language courses at KIT
(courses mean degrees in this context). It may be somewhat difficult to find relevant coursework since the information about the classes/lecturers
are provided in German. Keep in mind the degree level of the courses (BS/BA versus MS/MA) as well as the language of instruction.
Students will have the option of living in Student Union Residences, student residence from other agencies or non-university private shared apartments. You can find some information here.
However, it is not too easy to find accommodation in Karlsruhe, which means that you should take care of this at an early stage. There is a shortage of housing especially at the beginning of the winter semester. Most of the students in Karlsruhe live either in one of the many student residences or share a flat with somebody.
More information on the services and options offered in Karlsruhe can be found here.
Academic Year Dates
October to July
Spring Semester Dates
April to July
This program is available as an Exchange:
- Exchange - This means you pay your regular tuition and fees to UNCW, and your room and board costs abroad.
There will be additional costs for international airfare, passport, visa, health insurance, and local transportation. Please meet with an advisor at the Office of International Programs to discuss which option is best for you.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Federal and state financial aid may be applied towards this program. Even if you are normally ineligible for financial aid, you should submit a financial aid application (FAFSA). You may find that you are eligible for additional funding.
UNCW students may also apply for a UNCW Education Abroad Grant and additional study abroad scholarships. Grant applications and additional information are available at www.uncw.edu/ international/abroad/aid.html.