Press Release 150/2012

Start of the Winter Semester

Welcome Event for KIT Freshmen at Karlsruhe Gartenhalle –Total about 23,500 Students in the Winter Semester
Austausch mit Studierenden, Professorinnen und Professoren – auch dazu bietet  die Erstsemesterbegrüßung den Studienanfängerinnen und –anfängern Gelegenheit.  (Foto: Sandra Göttisheim)
At the Freshmen Welcome Event, information can be exchanged with students and professors. (Photo: Sandra Göttisheim)

In the 2012/2013 winter semester, more than 4500 young people will take up their studies at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). During the orientation phase, many of them have already been provided with first insights. Now, KIT will welcome the freshmen at a celebration: The Freshmen Welcome Event will take place on Friday, October 12, 18 hrs, at the Gartenhalle of the Karlsruhe Congress Center. Representatives of the media are cordially invited and kindly requested to register using the form enclosed.

KIT President Professor Eberhard Umbach will inform the new students and their families about opportunities and perspectives of education at KIT. “Due to the increasing interlinkage of education on Campus South with big research on Campus North, KIT can offer a unique studies environment in Germany,” outlines Umbach. Pre-sumably, more than 23,500 students will enroll with KIT for the com-ing winter semester (the deadline for the students’ statistics expires at the end of November). As usual, the interest of applicants in engineering, scientific, and economics programs of KIT was particularly high.

Numerous cultural, social, scientific, or economic university groups or students associations illustrate that studying at KIT is more than the acquisition of expert knowledge. During the welcome event, Eberhard Umbach will honor 41 students for their extraordinary commitment. Seven students will be awarded prizes for their theses by the city of Karlsruhe.

This year, all freshmen will be provided with a backpack by KIT’s CareerService again. It contains information material of several KIT institutions, of the General Students’ Committee, university groups, the Studentenwerk, and of the sponsors of the backpack. The brochure “Erstsemester-Guide to KIT” summarizes important information on studies, central facilities, and services and counseling offered by KIT.

Parallel to the start of the semester, the online students magazine “clicKIT“ will be published. At, latest news and background information will be provided together with links to films on YouTube ( and discussions on Facebook ( The editorial staff will present the magazine and its links to social networks at a stand in the Gartenhalle. Various KIT institutions, university groups, and partners will present themselves at other stands. In addition, the KIT collection will be presented. Clothes, office articles, and presents in KIT design are also available at or at the bookstore on Kronenplatz. 

Program of the Freshmen Welcome Event
Beginning: 18 hrs; admittance from 17.15 hrs
Music by the KIT Big Band
Director: Dr. Günter Hellstern
Welcome by the Presidential Committee
“Excellent Research – Excellent Education: Studies at KIT”
Professor Eberhard Umbach, KIT President
Welcome Address on behalf of the City of Karlsruhe
City Counselor Dr. Albert Käuflein

Prizes of the City of Karlsruhe Ceremony

City Counselor Dr. Albert Käuflein

Welcome Address of the UStA President
“From Students for Students”
Philipp Rudo

Prizes for Extraordinary Student Commitment
Professor Eberhard Umbach, KIT President
Freshmen Quiz
Comedy Show with Abdelkarim
Presentation: Sebastian Theis

Get-together and Exchange of Experience at the Information Stands
With KIT Professors in the Entrance Hall of the Gartenhalle

Being “The Research University in the Helmholtz Association”, KIT creates and imparts knowledge for the society and the environment. It is the objective to make significant contributions to the global challenges in the fields of energy, mobility, and information. For this, about 10,000 employees cooperate in a broad range of disciplines in natural sciences, engineering sciences, economics, and the humanities and social sciences. KIT prepares its 22,800 students for responsible tasks in society, industry, and science by offering research-based study programs. Innovation efforts at KIT build a bridge between important scientific findings and their application for the benefit of society, economic prosperity, and the preservation of our natural basis of life. KIT is one of the German universities of excellence.

le, 08.10.2012

Margarete Lehné
Chief Press Officer (acting)
Phone: +49 721 608-41105
Fax: +49 721 608-43658
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