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: www.kit.edu/kit/english.
Founded 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
- KIT typically offers at least 2 Baden-Wurttemberg (BW) scholarships/stipends to students nominated by the Office of Global Engagement
- UGA - KIT Exchange applicants must submit a complete OGE General Scholarship Application to be considered.
- Scholarship priority is for UGA - KIT Exchange participants with demonstrated financial need.
- The Office of Global Engagement provides scholarships to participants of UGA Exchange Programs & other UGA and national scholarships are available
Scholarships available through the UGA Department of German and Slavic Languages https://www.gsstudies.uga.edu/award-and-grant-programs
- Priority is given to full-year exchange candidates
- Max Kade Grant, open to all majors, 2 competitive scholarships of $5000/each
- Kicklighter Travel Grant, open to German majors, $1000 toward travel expenses
- Erika C. & Ward B. Lewis Award, open to German majors only (art and natural science majors preferred); 1-2 competitive scholarships of $4000-8000/each
Recipient is not eligible for the Kigklighter award or Max Kade Grant
About the BW Scholarship & Next Steps if Nominated by UGA
- More general information about the program can be found at https://www.bw-stipendium.de/en/students/bws-for-university-students/.
- 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
- 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.
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
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602
Dr. Katie Chapman
Lecturer in German
German and Slavic Languages
216 Joe Brown Hall
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
- 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.
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: http://www.intl.kit.edu/iforscher/6166.php
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
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: www.swka.de/en/finanzen/semesterbeitraege