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  • Locations: Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Program Terms: Fall
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: UGA applicants only
  • Cost of Attendance Sheets: Fall
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2021 02/01/2021 02/26/2021 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Category: UGA Exchange Sponsor: College of Engineering, Department of German and Slavic Languages
Academic Area: Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, Environmental Engineering Click here for a definition of this term Open to non-UGA students: No
Program Description:

UGA Exchange Karlsruhe

UGA Exchange, Karslruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is one of the world's largest research and teaching facilities.Currently, about 25,000 students are enrolled at KIT, including more than 4,000 international undergraduate and graduate students and over 500 visiting and exchange students. KIT is one of the world's largest research and teaching facilities. The institution’s focus is on technical education, specifically engineering, and the physical and natural sciences. However, KIT also offers humanities and social science courses, teacher training, and technology-oriented business courses.  KIT was established on October 1st, 2009 with the merger of the University of Karlsruhe and the Helmholtz Research Centre Karlsruhe. KIT is therefore an institution with two missions: that of a university with research and teaching responsibilities, and that of a major research institution, the Helmholtz Association, which conducts major research initiatives on behalf of the state. Students’ educational experiences are enriched by this close relationship between research and teaching. For more information, please see:   


Program Location

UGA Exchange Karlsruhe 1Founded in 1715 by the Duke of Baden-Durlach, Karlsruhe, which is translated literally as "Karl's Retreat" or “Karl’s Rest”, is the second-largest city in the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg.  The city is situated in Southwest Germany, close to both the French and Swiss borders, and has a population of about 300,000, of which more than 30,000 are students. Bordered to the south by the beautiful Black Forest and to the West by the famous River Rhine, the city's landscape offers attractive woods, parks and lush meadows, which all serve as excellent destinations for leisure trips. Karlsruhe is also proximal to a number of major European cities: Paris, Munich and Zurich are all only three hours away by train. Plane travel is also easy from Karlsruhe: less than an hour and a half away is the Frankfurt Airport, is a major international hub and the main hub for the German airline Lufthansa.  In Karlsruhe you’ll find a diverse array of leisure, culture and sports activities, which offer something for everyone. The city boasts a wide variety of cultural attractions, including the Baden State Theatre, numerous private theatres, cinemas, museums, and art galleries. Student discounts are frequently available, and on Friday afternoons the city’s museums offer free entrance when you show your student ID card. Every summer one of Germany’s largest open-air festivals, "Das Fest,” takes place in Karlsruhe, and people travel from all over Germany to attend. The nickname "Fan City" was given to Karlsruhe due to its unusual urban design. From an aerial view, the city can be seen as a fan-like composition of buildings and open spaces. The Palace, the centre of cultural activity during the Baroque period, has 32 roads extending outwards from its central point in a star-like formation.  The local economy is based on a well-developed structure of medium-sized businesses, particularly in future-oriented technologies such as computer science, multimedia, control systems, energy technology and environmental science as well as nanotechnology. Several major courtesy Photo courtesy of KIT Media Center companies, among them Bosch, Siemens, Daimler AG and Michelin, have production facilities in the region. Major research and development institutions (e.g. Fraunhofer Institute, Intel research campus) contribute to the city’s and
region’s worldwide reputation as a center for innovation and new technologies.

From KIT International Student Handbook: KIT OVERSEAS_student_handbook.pdf

Scholarship Opportunity

About the BW Scholarship & Next Steps if Nominated by UGA

  • More general information about the program can be found at
  • Typically, 2 UGA students will receive a scholarship of 2,800€ (i.e. 700€ monthly for 4 months), though it's possible additional students are selected.  
  • After receiving  nominations KIT will contact you to make the formal application online via the BWS-World portal by late April, which also includes these application materials. 
    • letter of motivation with information on degree currently pursued and study project at the KIT
    • current enrolment certificate/ proof of matriculation at home university
    • current transcript of grades/ records
    • CV
  • The final approval and announcements by the Baden-Württemberg Foundation are expected by August/March.
  • KIT will inform each student regarding the final outcome of your applications.


Contact Information

Lauren Anglin
Director of Experiential Learning & Outreach
College of Engineering
Driftmier Engineering Center, Room 117
597 D.W. Brooks Dr.
Athens, GA 30602 

Dr. Thomas Lawrence
Senior Public Service Associate
Driftmier Engineering Center
Mechanical Engineering
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602 

Dr. Katie Chapman
Lecturer in German
German and Slavic Languages
216 Joe Brown Hall
(706) 542-2456

Ms. Colleen Larson
Global Education Advisor, Office of Global Engagement
Global Engagement Building
1324 S. Lumpkin Street
Athens, GA 30602
Schedule an OGE Exchange Advising Appointment - Zoom Appts Available

Academic Program

Overall, courses in Engineering and German are offered as part of the UGA - KIT exchange program. 
See "Courses of Study".  The website  gives a good overview of the degree courses offered at KIT.  Plus, the Carl Benz School offers Mechanical Engineering in English.

KIT Handbook (Planning your course schedule Info):

KIT OVERSEAS_student_handbook.pdf (includes links to subjects/Module Handbooks by department) 

Searchable Catalog: 
Engineering and German language Information on courses, course descriptions, schedule etc. can be found at Please note that course registration for some seminars and lectures is required. However, it is only possible to do the registration once the student has been enrolled, i.e. by the beginning of October/the beginning of April. If further information is required, it is best to contact the lecturer directly and enquire about course details. In the meantime, use the current year information as a guide to what is commonly offered each Fall semester.  

KIT_Courses in English.pdf


Eligibility Requirements

  • Enrollment in the College of Engineering and Franklin College joint degree in German & Engineering.
  • Additional Engineering students, with advanced proficiency in German, may also be eligible, though priority is given to Engineering-German joint/double majors.
  • Minimum language requirement: GRMN 3015 (or 3010), as instruction for most KIT courses is in German.
  • KIT offers a pre-semester German language course for all exchange students usually about 3 weeks before courses begin, which is not a substitute at KIT for the German language required for admission at KIT.

Program Itinerary

Fall ("Winter Semester") Orientation and a pre-semester German language program start in mid-September to March. 
See Academic calendar here
See Current 
KIT_BWS_Partner_Information_2019_07.pdf for additional information. 

Most students of Karlsruhe either live in one of the many student residences or in a private shared apartment. KIT recommends students begin housing arrangements as early as possible - Housing may be limited at the start of the fall semester.   
Further information can be found in the KIT Student Handbook
Additional Information:

Additional Information

KIT Partner Information Sheet KIT_BWS_Partner_Information_2019_07.pdf
Visiting Student Handbook      KIT OVERSEAS_student_handbook.pdf
Pre-arrival Guide KIT Pre-arrival-Guide in English.pdf

Program Cost:
UGA students pay an Exchange Program Fee, which is equal to in-state tuition/fees at UGA. Additional expenses include study abroad insurance, airfare, books/supplies housing, meals and other living/personal expenses. In addition, all international students at KIT must also pay a mandatory social contribution of approximately 75 € per semester. This includes access to the student discounts at the university restaurant, transportation reductions and accident insurance:

Program Reviews:
Fall 2017 Participant
Make sure you have enough money. It can go quick, especially if you plan to travel while there. Do your homework ahead of time, though you may already be busy. Try to anticipate every outcome that could happen while there and make a plan. Some things will just have to be (good) lessons learned while there. Also, if you feel like your language skills will never improve because you are too afraid or english is the most convenient. I didn't feel like I gained much the first several months, but the second semester I was there, my abilities took off and now I can speak very well.

Fall 2017 Participant
I returned with great language skills and a new passion to work harder in school.

Just getting to understand the way people around the world are. I had the impression that people would be very different and also very critical of the U.S., but that was really never the case. Everyone seemed very normal, and had a high opinion for the U.S.
     — Stuart Davis, Fall 2017
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