Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Karlsruhe, Germany
With more than 9,000 employees and an annual budget of about EUR 785 million, 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.



On October 01, 2009, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) was founded by a merger of Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe and Universität Karlsruhe.A university of the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg with teaching and research tasks and a large-scale research institution of the Helmholtz Association conducting program-oriented provident research on behalf of the Federal Republic of Germany.


Program-oriented research of the Divisions is organized in Helmholtz programmes. The KIT Departments are responsible for university education. At the KIT Centers, scientists are working on division-overlapping research and innovation topics. In this way, interdisciplinary cooperation is supported at the KIT. The KIT Service Units render efficient services to support the actors in research, education, and innovation in fulfilling their key tasks. The KIT Service Units support both the staff and the organization and conceive development strategies in both areas.


KIT is among the leading engineering research institutions worldwide. As a member of the Helmholtz Association, the largest science organization in Germany, our institution makes major contributions to top national and international research.

Research results are not only intended to be of theoretical use, but to be applied in practice. The KIT Innovation Management Service Unit supports the direct transfer of new findings, innovative ideas, or know-how to industry and society.


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 our individual counselling interviews that will help you find adequate approaches and solutions and identify potential employers in the region. We assist you in establishing first contacts to conceivable employers and support you as you go through applications.

Master's Programmes

Engineering & Technology (10)
Business & Management (8)
Computer Science & IT (3)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (2)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)
Social Sciences (1)

Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a Master at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)!


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

Student residence at the International Department

The campus of the International Department is located right next to the historic castle of Karlsruhe in the center of the city, only a few steps away from the main shopping street, yet located very calm. It meets high service and living environment standards: WLAN and modern technology equipment is available for all students. Additional service like cleaning service and washing facilities complete the accommodation features.

Library services

Currently, the IfR's library comprises about 34,000 volumes. It is continuously complemented. Besides monographs, it subscribes to 52 periodicals, 110 series of papers as well as to chosen daily and weekly papers.

ICT services

The SCC runs some of the fastest computers in Germany:

  • HP XC3000 (334 nodes with 8 cores each, 27.04 TFLOPS),
  • HP XC4000 (750 nodes with 4 cores each, 15.77 TFLOPS),
  • a cluster bought by a corporation of institutes of different disciplines (200 nodes with 8 cores each, 17.57 TFLOPS),
  • the two vector parallel calculators NEC SX-8R and NEC SX-9

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

In Germany, Karlsruhe is known above all for its soccer club Karlsruher SC (KSC) . Of course, Karlsruhe and KIT have more to offer than just soccer.Sports clubs and the KIT university sports ( German only) offer almost an infinite range of sports opportunities. There is something for everyone here.For more information on sporting facilities go to Karlsruhe Citywiki (German only).The KIT university sports program is for KIT students (and its partner institutions) as well as KIT staff. The sports are diverse and wide-ranging from recreational to competitive. Further information is available on the pages of KIT University Sport.

Student clubs

The Students Association of the International Department (SAID) is the student body of the Carl Benz School of Engineering. It was founded in 2005 and since then its priority has always been to enhance all students’ educational experience at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.The board of the SAID is elected by the students in the annual plenary General Assembly of the Carl Benz School of Engineering. In order to be considered for board membership, students must actively take part in the SAID.


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.

The Global Study Awards

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