Press Release 094/2022

KIT Welcomes 4531 Student Beginners

Welcome Event at the Audimax and Online – About 21,500 Students Enrolled in the 2022/2023 Winter Semester
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At a hybrid welcome ceremony in Audimax, KIT will welcome its new students. (Photo: Magali Hauser, KIT)

About 4,500 new students will begin their studies at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) this winter semester. The traditional welcome ceremony for them and their families will take place on Friday, October 28, 2022, 18.00 hrs in hybrid form at the Audimax of KIT and via a livestream.

This winter, KIT and its academic education will be marked by saving energy. However, education will not switch back to online courses, emphasizes the President of KIT, Professor Holger Hanselka. “Since the Russian President has started his war to attack Ukraine in February 2022, energy costs have exploded. That is why we are currently checking thoroughly where and how we can reduce our energy consumption.“ But this will not affect academic education. ”After two years of pandemic-related restrictions, we share the opinion of the Baden-Württemberg Science Ministry that on-campus courses should not be prevented by the necessary measures to save energy,” President Hanselka says.

On-campus Studies in spite of the Energy Crisis

As in the recent summer semester, courses will usually take place on campus, often complemented by e-learning offers. “In any case, we will maintain on-campus academic education, as personal contacts and teaching and learning on the campus are important,” emphasizes Professor Alexander Wanner, Vice-President for Higher Education and Academic Affairs. A longer lecture-free period at the turn of the year is not on our agenda,” Wanner adds. On all KIT campuses, room temperature will be reduced to 19 degrees at the beginning of the heating period, exterior lighting and hot water consumption will be decreased. However, the KIT Library and learning spaces on the campus will remain open, also between Christmas and New Year. “Times remain challenging, but we will also manage this crisis together,” Vice-President Wanner says.

About 21,500 Students at KIT – Two New Degree Programs

In the 2022/2023 winter semester, the number of beginning students, including beginners of master’s programs, will total 4,531. The total number of all students will amount to 21,433. Still, enrollment and the procedure for subsequent admissions are under way. The reference date for statistics will be November 30. Students are free to choose among 44 bachelor’s and 59 master’s programs. This winter semester, the medical engineering bachelor’s program and the technology and management in construction master’s program will start operation.

Commitment of Students at KIT

The start of studies at KIT is facilitated in particular by the orientation phases organized by departmental student representations prior to the start of the semester. Campus life also includes culture, sports, and politics groups. More than 90 student groups exist at KIT. During the welcome event, KIT will honor 49 students for their outstanding commitment and work in the student groups and student representations.

“How to Ersti”: Tips for Beginning Students on YouTube

In a video series (in German with English subtitles), students of KIT answer questions relating to the start of studies, for example, what the student card can be used for or what information is provided on the students’ portal. In addition, they give tips for learning, leisure time, life in Karlsruhe, or for jobs parallel to studies. The first part of the series is online now, further videos will follow in the next days.

The postcard catalog “Infos zum Studienstart“ summarizes important information for starting studies, on central units, and on service and consultation offers at KIT. It will be distributed at the welcome event. For more information, click the internet at

Information Booths in the Entrance Hall of the Audimax

After the welcome event, various units, groups and partners of KIT will provide information at the booths in the entrance hall of the Audimax or digitally at Have a look at selected products from the campus collection of KIT, including t-shirts made of recycled materials, hoodies, and sustainable and practical helpers for studies. All products are also available online at

KIT Backpack for Beginning Students

Beginning students are free to buy the KIT backpack at a special prize at the welcome event and during the Welcome Days on October 24 and 25 on Ehrenhof, Campus South, KIT.

Click here for the welcome event


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.

rli, 20.10.2022

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