Karlsruher Institut für Technologie


In October 2009, KIT was founded by a merger of  Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH and Universitat Karlsruhe. From basic research to applications, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie excels in a broad range of disciplines, i.e. in engineering sciences, natural sciences, economics, humanities, economics, and social sciences. They make significant contributions to the global challenges of mankind in the fields of energy, mobility, and information. Being a big science institution, they participate in international competition and hold a leading position in Europe. They offer research-based programs to prepare students for responsible societal positions, industry, and science.

Main research topics in the Karlsruher Institut für Technologie include climate and environment, anthropometrics and robotics, human and technology, and optics and photonics. This institute operates along three strategic fields: action teaching, research and innovation. Seven KIT Centers co-ordinate research activities, represent strategic research areas to the public and act as strategy and communication platforms for international and national partners.

Karlsruher Institut für Technologie combines the traditions of a prominent technical institution and a large-scale research university in a unique way. The value of research-oriented teaching guides academic education in the university. Here students get unique facilities to open up their perspectives and do interdisciplinary research projects and international teams. KIT highly encourages entrepreneurial and innovativeness culture.


KIT has a student body of around 25,000 who enjoy the perks of the facility-rich campus and ample extracurricular activities. This university has a lot to offer outside the lecture halls and laboratories. Campus life is enriched by several events ranging from exhibitions, and concerts, to sports events and public presentations.

The KIT Student’s Union helps and ensures to represent students' views to the university. The General Student’s Committee (AStA) is constituted the student body for students of Karlsruher Institut für Technologie and represents a student population of around 25,000.


Students at the KIT International Department live in 113 single and double lodgings spread over three floors. The rooms are fully equipped and contentedly fitted with their telephone connection, Internet access and bathrooms.

Groups of 4 to 9 students share a kitchen as well as working and dining areas. These shared residences overlook an attractive lobby used for various student events, meetings and open-air assemblies. They ensure that students from different nationalities form a group to promote maximum intercultural exchange.


  • By Q.S. World Ranking, KIT ranks 141.
  • According to Times Higher Education Ranking, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie ranks 180.
  • U.S. News and World Report rank Karlsruher Institut für Technologie at 216.


Karlsruher Institut für Technologie
76131 Karlsruhe, Germany

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