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Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Admission 2020-2021, Requirement, Deadline & Acceptance Rate

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology is a fairly competitive university & has an admit rate of 20-30%. With nearly 25,000 students enrolled at the university, it offers approx. 107 programs of study, 43 undergraduate & 56 consecutive graduate majors.

  • KIT invites applications for Winter or Summer semesters.
  • Both undergraduate and graduate applicants have to apply via the university’s online portal.
  • Institute currently has an annual budget of 884 million euros.


Application Portal TypeOnline (official website)
Application FeeNot mentioned
Mode of PaymentOnline
Academic CalendarSemester-based
Intake SeasonsSpring/Summer/Autumn/Winter
Acceptance Rate20-30%

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Admission Deadlines

The applicants are advised to apply before given deadlines to be considered for admission:

Winter Session
BachelorJuly 15th
Preparatory Course (Studienkolleg)July 15th
German Language Course (preparatory course for DSH, 1 semester)July 15th
Master with NC (restricted admission)July 15th
Master without NCSeptember 30th
Master Optics & PhotonicsApril 30th
Master of Water Science and EngineeringJune 15th
Summer Session
BachelorAdmissions Closed
Preparatory Course (Studienkolleg)January 15th
German Language Course (preparatory course for DSH, 1 semester)January 15th
Master with NC (restricted admission)January 15th
Master without NCMarch 31st
Master Water Science and EngineeringDecember 15th

Deadlines for ERASMUS students

  • June 1st for the Winter Semester or the whole academic year
  • December 1st for the Summer Semester

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology International Student Admissions

The admission process for international applicants vary slightly from the process for German or European applicants. International applicants need to meet additional requirements. Also, they have to carefully review their visa process and transcripts related work.

Admission Requirements for International Students

  • Entrance Qualification & all previous transcripts as all universities are interested to know about the applicant's previous educational background to evaluate that applicant can stand at the required level to attend the chosen course or not.
  • Transcript of Grades as anyone can get a degree but there are grades which separates them. Some courses required minimum marks in a particular subject in order to offer admission.
  • Proof of German Language Proficiency as most of the undergraduate courses in Germany are taught in the German language or typical English language proficiency for courses offered in dual language.
  • Additional Standardized Tests like GRE/GMAT may be required, depending on the course
  • ID & Valid Passport Copies
  • Letter of Motivation (optional)
  • Some graduate courses require previous work experience, Resume, CV, etc. so kindly check particular requirements

Requirements for ERASMUS (transfer within EUROPE) students

  1. Partner University: Applicants must be enrolled at a partner university (means another KIT institution across Europe or works together with KIT) of KIT at the time of application.
  2. Nomination: Candidate must have applied successfully at there home university (currently studying) for an exchange position at KIT, which simply means, candidate have to be nominated for exchange position at KIT.
  3. German skills are compulsory Applicants must show the valid skills of German language at the time of application (June 1st or December 1st), as most of the lectures across KIT are only available in the German language. Applicants for chemical and mechanical engineering, chemistry, architecture, informatics, and biology must have at least B1 level according to the European Language Level Framework and all other courses applicants must show proof of minimum score of A2 level in the German language.
  4. English skills (applicable for English courses): If you are planning on attending English taught lectures or write your final thesis at KIT in English, you should provide proof of good English knowledge, i.e. B1-level.

Application process:

Attention: Application will only valid once all the documents have been stamped and signed by the applicant’s current (home) university and have arrived by ordinary mail at the International Students Office at KIT.

  • After nomination of applicant’s home university, applicant will receive an email containing information on KIT online application system Mobility Online.
  • After submitting the required data, applicant have to print off the completed application form.
  • At the same time, the applicant must start preparing their Learning Agreement and check it with respective home university coordinator.
  • In addition to that, applicant must obtain a German language certificate stating their German level at their home university or a recognized language institute or school.
  • A simple certificate of attendance is not sufficient. If candidate has any plans to attend English-taught lectures then they should also obtain an English language certificate.
  • After all that, applicants have to take printout of both application and their Learning Agreement signed and stamped by the ERASMUS coordinator of their home university.
  • And finally, applicants have to send the signed application forms as well as the signed Learning Agreement, the German language Certificate and/or English language Certificate by post to the mentioned address: KIT - International Students Office ERASMUS INCOMING Coordinator Adenauerring 2 76131 Karlsruhe Germany
  • All the admission seekers must make note that all the above mentioned documents have to be sent in hard copies and arrive by June 1st (winter term or whole year) or December 1st (summer term).
  • When institute will receiver applicant’s paper application documents, institute will contact the applicant by email and inform about possible missing documents (just in case).
  • Once, application documents are complete, admission office coordinators will evaluate candidate application.
  • As soon as the applicant’s have been accepted by the departmental coordinators, they will receive a letter of admission (Zulassungsbescheid) by email along with further information (ex- "Preparation"). This will happen mid-July for admission for the winter semester or at the end of January for the summer semester.

Students with special needs

KIT welcomes students with disabilities and requires them to contact the International Students Office as soon as possible, so that special care can be taken during preparation.

Information about residence permits/visa:

Non EU/Non EEA citizens will require a student visa in order to study in Germany and this visa can be obtained at the local German embassy in candidate’s native country.

While applying for visa candidate will need the letter of admission (Zulassungsbescheid) from KIT and It will be sent to applicant after application has been approved.

All other ERASMUS students do not require a visa.

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Undergraduate Admissions

KIT offers more than 30 undergraduate courses to all the applicants. Course requirements may vary according as per the course. The degrees are offering in Bachelor of Science, Education, Arts etc.

Where to Apply: Click here

Application Fee: free

Admission Requirements: Applicants must provide the following documents at the time of admission:

  • Language proficiency test score for international applicants
  • Secondary school leaving certificate and official transcripts
  • Proof of language skills
  • C.V.
  • Additional documents (if required) - Higher education entrance exam - Pre university course - APS certificate (China, Mongolia, Vietnam) - Transcript of records (1-4 semesters)

The program offered in Mechanical Engineering is the most well-known KIT program and the requirements are mentioned below :

  • High School Degree (e.g. IB, GCE A-level, US High School Diploma, German Abitur or others!)
  • Excellent Grades in Mathematics & Physics
  • English Proficiency Test (TOEFL, IELTS or TOEIC)
  • SAT Test: (Math, Evidence-Based Reading, and Writing; at least 1200 points)

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Graduate Admissions

KIT offers more than 35 graduate courses to all the applicants. While departments may specify their own requirements for each program, the general admission requirements for graduate applicants remain the same.The Master of Science, Arts are some of the degrees offered by the institute.

Application Portal: Click here

Application Fee: Free

Requirements for graduate program

  • Transcript of records
  • Bachelor certificate (if already available)
  • Proof of language skills• C.V.• Letter of motivation
  • 2 recommendation letters (if required)
  • Additional documents: - Portfolio (Architecture)- Internship (if required)

Applicants seeking admission to graduate level programs offered at KIT must hold a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university.

Specific programs might have additional requirements that applicants need to meet with.

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