4.6 out of 5 (120 reviews) Karlsruhe, Germany
KIT is one of the biggest research and education institutions worldwide and has the potential of reaching a top position in selected research areas on an international level. The objective is to turn KIT into an institution of top research, excellent scientific education, life-long learning, comprehensive advanced training, and sustainable innovation culture.

Top reasons to study here

  • KIT is among the leading engineering research institutions worldwide.
  • The structure of KIT is tailored to its objectives in research, education, and innovation.
  • Academic education at KIT is guided by the principle of research-oriented teaching.



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.


Education at KIT is aimed at qualifying young people by extensive scientific and research-oriented training and the acquisition of interdisciplinary competences.

From fundamental research to applications, KIT excels in a broad range of disciplines, i.e. in natural sciences, engineering sciences, economics, and the humanities and social sciences.

At the end of their studies, the students are able to independently identify current and future problems, work on complex issues, and develop sustainable solutions using scientific methods. 


KIT research will primarily be based on the capacities and knowledge of the scientists, who are members of the over 140 Institutes of KIT. They are supported by an excellent and worldwide unique scientific infrastructure. 

In KIT these scientists work in fields of competence depending on their expert know-how. Related fields of competence are bundled in areas of competence. Fields of Competence and Areas of Competence make up the Competence Portfolio of KIT.

It is dynamic and develops and takes up new scientific topics.While the Competence Portfolio is the basis of KIT research, KIT centers and KIT focuses are organizational units that bundle research projects.


KIT wants to actively promote dual careers and support partners of new employees in continuing their professional careers. Please do not hesitate to make use of the individual counselling interviews that will help you find adequate approaches and solutions and identify potential employers in the region. You will be assisted in establishing first contacts to conceivable employers and support you as you go through applications.

University Ranking

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Student services

KIT works on a better compatibility of career and family. One step forward is the certification with the audit career and family.Hand in hand with employees, representatives of the Presidential Committee, the Human Resources Management and the Equal Opportunity have defined spheres of activity, achievements and chances for improvement. In August 2010, KIT received the certificate.As a familiy-friendly institution, KIT focuses on information, consulting and well-directed support.

Housing services

Carl Benz School provides its students with secure on-campus housing in the city center of Karlsruhe. A room on our campus is guaranteed to all first year undergraduates!

The accommodation meets high service and living environment standards. 

The campus offers single and double rooms, which are distributed over three floors. All rooms are comfortably furnished and include an en-suite bathroom. Groups of four to six students share one modern kitchen as well as a dining and working area.

Included in the rental of such rooms are:

  • Bedding & linen
  • Costs for heating/ electricity/ water
  • Free internet access
  • Telephone connection
  • SAT-TV connection
  • Laundry facilities

Library services

The KIT Library provides information resources and services for the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences (HsKA) and the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University Karlsruhe (DHBW-KA).

Medical services

Response time targets for the Welsh Ambulance Service Trust (WAST) are not currently being met, particularly for high priority emergencies in rural areas. Collaborative work between WAST and the Cardiff OR Group, has explored the use of different research methodologies to assist WAST with decisions on ambulance locations, capacities and deployments.

Student Life

Campus life

KIT is divided into a university sector and a large-scale research sector with a number of scientific facilities and organizational units rendering infrastructure and administration services. Centers and focuses are organizational units bundling KIT research projects. They are the basis of strategic research planning. Research and development activities of the large-scale research sector are embedded in the superordinate program structure of the Hermann von Helmholtz Association and focus on four research areas with a total of twelve programs. Research work in the university sector is carried out in eleven departments.

Sports facilities

University sports offer a varied sports programme in the area of ​​recreational and competitive sports, taking into account the special needs of students and employees with disabilities. KIT views recreational and competitive sports equally within its university sports offers.

The walk-in center for fitness, health and diagnostics at the Institute of Sports and Sports Science is really a health-oriented gym. The opportunities include individual strength and endurance training on state-of-the-art fitness equipment under expert guidance, an extensive range of courses, comprehensive in-depth diagnostics and use of the sauna and swimming pool.

Student clubs

The International Student Office is the contact point at KIT for all international students and prospective students from abroad as well as for KIT students interested in going abroad.


The KIT Steel & Lightweight Structures, is recognized and functions as a National and European inspection and certification body. In the national area, the KIT Steel & Lightweight Structures is an official testing centre for issuing general test certificates approved by building law.

Student Reviews

I only did my Dimploma thesis and the methods were the norma...
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars
I only did my Dimploma thesis and the methods were the normal ones.
I like the amount of practical exercises and discussion sess...
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars
I like the amount of practical exercises and discussion sessions.
I liked them in general, but some courses were still old-min...
Anonymous rated 4.5 out of 5 stars
I liked them in general, but some courses were still old-minded, and there were some "not" nice professors.