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Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

  • 107 QS World University Rankings 2018
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About Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, briefly referred to as KIT, was established by the merger of the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH and the Universität Karlsruhe (TH) on October 01, 2009. KIT combines the tasks of a university of the state of Baden-Württemberg with those of a research center of the Helmholtz Association in the areas of research, teaching, and innovation.

The KIT merger represents the consistent continuation of a long-standing close cooperation of two research and education institutions rich in tradition. The University of Karlsruhe was founded in 1825 as a Polytechnical School and has developed to a modern location of research and education in natural sciences, engineering, economics, social sciences, and the humanities, which is organized in eleven departments. The Karlsruhe Research Center was founded in 1956 as the Nuclear Reactor Construction and Operation Company and has turned into a multidisciplinary large-scale research center of the Helmholtz Association, which conducts research under eleven scientific and engineering programs.

Mission Statement of KIT

KIT combines the traditions of a renowned technical university and a major large-scale research institution in a very unique way. In research and education, KIT assumes responsibility for contributing to the sustainable solution of the grand challenges that face the society, industry, and the environment. For this purpose, KIT uses its financial and human resources with maximum efficiency. The scientists of KIT communicate the contents and results of their work to society.

Engineering sciences, natural sciences, the humanities, and social sciences make up the scope of subjects covered by KIT. In high interdisciplinary interaction, scientists of these disciplines study topics extending from the fundamentals to application and from the development of new technologies to the reflection of the relationship between man and technology. For this to be accomplished in the best possible way, KIT’s research covers the complete range from fundamental research to close-to-industry, applied research and from small research partnerships to long-term large-scale research projects. Scientific sincerity and the striving for excellence are the basic principles of our activities.

Worldwide exchange of knowledge, large-scale international research projects, numerous global cooperative ventures, and cultural diversity characterize and enrich the life and work at KIT. Academic education at KIT is guided by the principle of research-oriented teaching. Early integration into interdisciplinary research projects and international teams and the possibility of using unique research facilities open up exceptional development perspectives for our students.

The development of viable technologies and their use in industry and the society are the cornerstones of KIT’s activities. KIT supports innovativeness and entrepreneurial culture in various ways. Moreover, KIT supports a culture of creativity, in which employees and students have time and space to develop new ideas.

Cooperation of KIT employees, students, and members is characterized by mutual respect and trust. Achievements of every individual are highly appreciated. Employees and students of KIT are offered equal opportunities irrespective of the person. Family-friendliness is a major objective of KIT as an employer. KIT supports the compatibility of job and family. As a consequence, the leadership culture of KIT is also characterized by respect and cooperation. Personal responsibility and self-motivation of KIT employees and members are fostered by transparent and participative decisions, open communication, and various options for life-long learning.

The structure of KIT is tailored to its objectives in research, education, and innovation. It supports flexible, synergy-based cooperation beyond disciplines, organizations, and hierarchies. Efficient services are rendered to support KIT employees and members in their work.

Young people are our future. Reliable offers and career options excellently support KIT’s young scientists and professionals in their professional and personal development.

Campus information

  • Campus North
    • Campus North is located in Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (about 12 km north of Karlsruhe). 
  • Campus South
  • Campus East
  • Campus West
  • Dresden
  • Garmisch-Partenkirchen
  • Ulm

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology is distributed over several locations. While the campus north is situated in the administrative district of Karlsruhe near Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, the campus south is about 10 km away in the heart of the city of Karlsruhe. Moreover, there are further locations in the city of Karlsruhe, as well as in the city of Dresden, Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Ulm.


It is not easy to find the appropriate accommodation in Karlsruhe, which means that you should think about it at an early stage during your planning. There is a great 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. Here  you can find an unofficial rent guide as there isn't an official one for Karlsruhe. In addition, we have assembled a list of the most popular abbreviations in rent advertisements for you.    

Student Union Residences

Studentenwerk Karlsruhe

First of all, foreign students should contact the Student Union  when apartment and room hunting. It offers inexpensive rooms in its residences. However, there are only a limited number of places available and the waiting lists are long, especially at the beginning of the semester. Applications can be submitted up to six months before your potential moving date.

Sharing an apartment (Wohngemeinschaften – WG)
A huge number of students prefer sharing a flat. Lots of offers can be found on the notice boards at KIT or the Student Union. The prices depend on room size and whether it is furnished. The monthly rent excluding heating varies between 170 and 300€ (as of February 2013).
It can be difficult to find low-priced offers downtown. However, in the outer districts of the city and suburbs you should be able to find cheaper accommodation.
Youth hostel
If you are in Karlsruhe for the first time and you haven't found a suitable accommodation yet, the youth hostel  is the ideal base camp for a couple of days. It is located on Moltkestr., near the University of Applied Sciences, around 15 minutes on foot from KIT Campus South.


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Accounting & Finance 1 Applied, Pure Sciences 1 Business, Management 3 Computer Science, IT 1 Engineering 6


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