Press Release 045/2024

Studying at KIT, Where Research and Teaching Are Uniquely Linked

Applications Are Being Accepted for the 2024/25 Winter Semester; New “KIT –That’s Why” Video Series for Prospective Students
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Studying at KIT means excellent teaching with close ties to advanced research, such as the development of humanoid robots. (Photo: Nicholas Braun / Agentur Triebfeder)

As a University of Excellence with large-scale national research, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) offers unique opportunities in more than 100 degree programs. Students can get involved in exciting research projects at an early stage in their studies and help to find solutions for the major challenges facing society. Our “KIT – That’s Why” video series describes what KIT does. Applications for the winter semester 2024/25 can be submitted at:

KIT is one of Europe’s largest scientific institutions and one of its leading technical universities, where researchers work on solutions to the major challenges of our time. KIT is both a university and a large-scale research center where teaching and research are closely linked in a way that is unique in Germany. In research-based study programs, students can take part in exciting research projects at an early stage in their studies.

“Our study programs cater to a wide range of interests while addressing diverse issues that are important for transformative and sustainable progress, whether in scientific research, new technologies and processes for industry, or our society as a whole. Working under the outstanding academic supervision of top researchers and innovators is what makes studying at KIT special,” said Professor Alexander Wanner, Vice President for Higher Education and Academic Affairs at KIT. 

“KIT – That’s Why” Shows Why Studying at KIT Is Special 

Working with hundreds of scientists in many institutes, students at KIT can help in the fight against climate change, conduct research on safe and sustainable mobility solutions, and shape the digital transformation. Or they can work with researchers on the development of next-generation batteries and environmentally friendly ways of generating energy. 

What makes KIT special and what it means to study at KIT are the subjects of a new five-part video series called “KIT – That’s Why” with segments on the KIT campus, digitalization, energy, mobility, and sustainability and the climate. 

YouTube link

Wide Range of Study Programs

KIT offers over 100 degree programs in natural sciences, engineering, economics, humanities and social sciences. Subjects include architecture, applied geosciences, chemistry, biology, computer science, mathematics, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, German studies, sports science and pedagogy. New degree programs include medical engineering (since the 2022/23 winter semester) and digital economics (since the 2023/24 winter semester). Study programs at KIT are geared toward an international student body, with both German- and English-language bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. 

Support Services and Leisure Activities at KIT 

KIT provides various kinds of support to ensure that students get off to a successful start. For example, the MINT-Kolleg offers semester courses in mathematics, computer science, physics and chemistry. KIT’s departments offer mentoring programs to ease the transition from school to university for first-semester students. There are also more general services such as the House of Competence, the ZAK | Center for Cultural and General Studies, and KIT’s Language Center. The Student Advisory Services, the academic advisors, and the Career Service are available to help with academic and career questions. And last but not least are the many university organizations offering social, cultural and sports activities that give students many ways to get involved in campus life and look beyond the boundaries of their own studies. 

Further information

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.

sfo, 10.06.2024

Margarete Lehné
Chief Press Officer (acting)
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