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Frequently Asked Questions

 

For Aspiring Applicants - applicants who are planning to apply

For Successful Applicants - applicants who already have received their letter of admission

For Aspiring Applicants

1. Details About the Program

What is the curriculum like?

What are the specializations offered?

Does the program include an internship or work-placement scheme?

What are my job perspectives after graduating?

Will I be guided and offered help when I arrive in Karlsruhe?

What are the costs? Are there scholarships? 

 

2. Application Process

What are the general admission requirements?

Application: What do I have to send to Karlsruhe School of Optics and Photonics?

Information about the letters of recommendation.

Where can I check my application status?

Is there any chance of transferring or considering my previous admission for KSOP to the upcoming semester?

What can I do to strengthen my profile before applying for the course?

I already have a Master degree. How do I apply?

I am currently a university student and want to join Karlsruhe School of Optics and Photonics.
How do I apply and what about credit transfers?

My official results are not out yet! Can I apply?

When does the program start and is there an application deadline?

I want to apply for the winter term but in the online application is only an option for the summer term.

 

3. Language Requirements

What are the language requirements?

Are German language skills mandatory?

Can I send my documents now without the APS certificate and provide it later if I am admitted? 

What is your last deadline for handing in the TOEFL or IELTS examination score?

What is the TOEFL Institution Code?

 

4. Scholarships

What are the costs of the Master program? Are there scholarships?

How do I apply for the KSOP scholarship?

When do we receive an answer about the scholarship?

What can I do to strengthen my profile before applying for the course?

 

5. Dates & Deadlines

When does the winter term usually start?

When does the program start and is there an application deadline?

What is your last deadline for handing in the TOEFL or IELTS examination score?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is the Curriculum like?

Here you can find out what the Curriculum looks like. The Module Manual describes the structure and courses in detail.

 

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What are the specializations offered?

During a 2-year master course you can specialize in following majors:

  • Optical Systems
  • Biomedical Photonics
  • Solar Energy
  • Quantum Optics & Spectroscopy
  • Photonic Materials & Devices

For more information on the related research to the specializations, please refer to the “Research Areas “. For an overview of the specializations, please refer to "Module Handbook," chapter "Studies Plan," 3rd Semester, which you can find as a download link on the right side of the Curriculum Master Program website.

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What are the general admission requirements?

Here you can find the general admission requirements

 

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What are the language requirements?

German: Not Required

For applying and studying at KSOP it is not necessary to speak German. All courses are held in English. However, if you already studied the German language, it shows that you are really interested in studying in Germany and in the German culture. It will help you to get along well in your daily life. It also improves your chances to get a high-level internship, master thesis or finally a job in one of our partner companies. To enhance your language training, German courses at different levels are offered.

 

English: Required

Applicants should prove that their English proficiency is good enough to actively participate in lecture discussions and to study. A suitable range of proficiency must be comparable to:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum 88 points for your internet based test (institution code of KSOP: B618
    • Attention! Only certificates sent directly by ETS will be taken into account!
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) band with a minimum of 6.5.
    • Please send us a copy including the Test Report Form (TRF) number and we will confirm it with the IELTS Verification Service.

The test is not necessary if your mother tongue is English or you have completed your former study program in English. It is possible to replace the TOEFL or IELTS test with a certificate of your university stating that you have completed your studies in English. In this case, the final certificate of your former study program must specify the official language. If necessary, you will have to attach to the transcript of records a statement confirming this fact.

 

Please check the admission requirements for further information.

 

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I already have a Master degree. How do I apply?

Please apply normally like all the other applicants.

 

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I am currently a university student and want to join Karlsruhe School of Optics and Photonics.
How do I apply and what about credit transfers?

Please apply normally like all the other applicants. The same deadline applies for all applicants for that particular year.
After you have been formally admitted to the Master of Science program, you can start applying for credit transfers but there is no guarantee that your credits will be transferable.

For the acknowledgement processes the following documents will be required: 

  • university transcripts
  • official detailed course descriptions from your previous university

Please note that this formal procedure is necessary to check if credits can be acknowledge and transferred.

 

Recognition of achievements

Recognition of achievements received within the higher education system (e.g. after changing universities) and achievements made outside the higher education system (e.g. after vocational training):

The recognition process is managed by the examination board in accordance with the study and examination regulations, which offers regular office hours for students for this purpose. An informal application is to be submitted to the examination office within the 1st semester after registration at KIT. In addition to the original confirmation of the achievement, a module description shall be attached to the application. The recognition of achievements is carried out through their assessment by the subject representative and the examination board (Prof. Dr. Cornelius Neumann).

 

 

Recognition of achievements from universities abroad (e.g. Erasmus exchange)

Study achievements and examination passed during a semester abroad at a foreign recognized university can and should be acknowledged as far as possible. Students participating in the EuroPhotonics Program do not need to apply for the acknowledgement of achievements completed according to their approved mobility plan. For all other students, the achievements passed at one of the partner universities cooperating within the Erasmus Mundus EuroPhotonics Program (Aix-Marseille, UPC Barcelona, University of Tampere, and University of Vilnius) are acknowledged according to the fixed rules specified in the bilateral agreements.

 

If you are planning a semester abroad, you should first consult the examination office to find out whether achievements that you would like to perform abroad can be recognized. For some exchange programs, such as ERASMUS, the possibility of recognition must be checked and documented before the stay abroad. In all other cases, it is necessary to discuss the possibility of recognition in advanced with the respective KIT representatives and to document the agreement in writing. You can have a preliminary examination carried out, which will provide you with a written confirmation of recognition of the study achievements you have to complete (Learning Agreement). The application for the acknowledgement shall be made immediately after the semester abroad.

For further questions contact Jurana Hetterich from the examination office.

 

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My official results are not out yet! Can I apply?

If the Bachelor degree is not yet available before the application deadline, but will be completed before the registration, then the candidates can apply with a preliminary transcript of records.

 

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Application: What documents do I have to send to Karlsruhe School of Optics and Photonics?

Please check the application information for German and international students.

 

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Information about the letters of recommendation

For a successful application, two letters of recommendation are mandatory.

At least one recommendation letter is needed from a professor of your current university. Ideally, you should ask the professor with whom you wrote your Bachelor thesis. 

If you have already had the opportunity to gain work experience, you can add a letter of recommendation from your employer or manager. Please forward the sample letter of recommenation form to the references. The references must email the completed form as a scanned copy direct to the KSOP office: info-KSOPNaa6∂idschools kit edu

Find the form for the letter of recommendation here

 

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Can I send my documents now without the APS certificate and provide it later if I am admitted?

The APS certificate has to reach KIT until the application deadline (April 30 of each year).

 

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Is there any chance of transferring or considering my previous admission for KSOP to the upcoming semester?

Unfortunately, there is no possibility to defer your admission to the next term. You need to apply again as the letter of acceptance is only valid for one intake.

 

 

 

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I want to apply for the winter term but the online application's only option is for the summer term.

 

 Students who are applying for other courses in the summer term use the same online form of the KIT admission portal. Please select "summer term" in the online form and when have printed the completed form, just cross out the "summer term" and add in handwriting "winter term". Your application will automatically be categorized for the winter term as the KSOP master program only starts in October each year. 

 

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When does the program start and is there an application deadline?

The program starts in the winter term, beginning of October each year. The application is possible in the period from January to April 30 each year. It is important that all of your documents arrive at the KIT by April 30 the latest.

 

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When does the winter term usually start? 

The winter term starts at the beginning of October. After your admission, you are going to receive the important dates via email. For more information please see: Curriculum.


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Will I be guided and offered help when I arrive in Karlsruhe?

That is for sure! There is going to be an orientation week for 1st semester students. The KSOP Office and senior students are going to help you with all the administrative steps, schedule your course schedule, as well as getting to know your study colleagues, the city and the campus.

 

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Where can I check my application status?

You can check your application status in the application portal where you filled out the online application form. Therefore, please keep your login data. Application status

 

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What are the costs of the Master program? Are there scholarships?

The Master Program of the Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics (KSOP) is funded by the State of Baden-Württemberg and thus the M.Sc. Program has no tuition fee for EU students and low tuition fees for non-EU students.

Find more information about the costs of the study program here.

Find more details about living costs here.

 

For outstanding students, KSOP offers scholarships of up to 400 € per month.
To be an outstanding student means to be among the best 10% students of your class.

You will have to send your scholarship application together with your application for the program, which has to arrive to the KSOP office until April 30.

You can also find a student job at the university or elsewhere in Karlsruhe to support your living.

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How do I apply for the KSOP scholarship?

  • You can apply for financial support at the same time when you apply for admission to the master program. The application for the KSOP scholarship must be sent together with the complete application for the master program.
  • Single scholarship applications without related application for the Master program are not accepted.
  • The reference should mention in the letter of recommendation, whether he/she recommends you for a scholarship or not.
  • Extra-curricular activities must be certified with a written confirmation. You need to mention those in your CV and letter of motivation.
  • Only complete scholarship applications will be further processed.
  • Letters of recommendation can be sent separately by the authors to the KSOP Student Office: info-KSOP∂idschools.kit.edu

 

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When do I receive an answer about the scholarship?
 

The decisions will be made by the middle of June. Soon after that, you will receive an e-mail from our office.

 

 

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When is the deadline for handing in the TOEFL or IELTS examination score?
 

The deadline is the end of the first semester, but we prefer to receive the English certificate together with your application for the KSOP program.

 

 

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What is the TOEFL Institution Code?

The institution code of KSOP is B618.

Attention! Only certificates that were sent directly by ETS will be taken into account!

 

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What can I do to strengthen my profile before applying for the course?
 

To strengthen your application, you can get more background knowledge in Optics & Photonics, eg. by doing an internship in a related company or participate in a related research project or workshop. It is also important to have good recommendation letters from your professors and to show your motivation related to Optics & Photonics in your motivation letter. Please be aware that very good grades and a profound knowledge in mathematics are mandatory for all applicants.
We do not expect that you fulfill the GRE PHYSICS as an entry criteria. You can find the list of necessary application documents and selection criteria on the KSOP homepage

 

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Does the program include an internship or work-placement scheme?
KSOP has close connection to the German Optics & Photonics industry.

The curriculum includes an 8-week long mandatory internship, which can be conducted in the industry or research institute. You can find further detailed information in the module manual, page 82.

KSOP offers a variety of events and helps its students to get in touch with industry early e.g. via company visits with our industry partners and career days.

 

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What are my job perspectives after graduating?

With study plans tailored to your needs, the master program prepares every student for exciting careers in the field of Optics & Photonics. Moreover, we offer to the best graduates the opportunity to enter the KSOP PhD program creating a basis for world-class research. Also, KSOP helps its students to get in touch with the industry early e.g. via a compulsory industry internship, company visits and career days.

Our graduates pursue a career as Application & Development Engineers, Optical Designers, International Project Managers, Software Developers and System Architects, Quality and Product Managers, Technical Sales & Service Engineers or pursue a PhD and work as Post-docs in academia afterwards.

See where our KSOP alumni are currently working. You can get further job information with a step-by-step guide on the website Make it in Germany

 

 

 

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For Successful Applicants

1. First Steps & General Information

I have been admitted to KSOP, how do I accept my study place?

Where do I find the Admission Letter?

Can I pay tuition fees from abroad?

I would like a receipt of payment from the university. How do I get this?

The Pre-Arrival Guide

It’s the first time I leave my country to come to Europe. Is there anyone from my country who studies at KSOP that can help me?

 

2. Visa

What are the visa requirements to enter and stay as a student in Germany?

What happens if I am late to attend the program, e.g. if I have trouble with my visa application?

 

3. Bank Account

Blocked Bank Account: What is it?

How to open a blocked bank account?

How to open a German bank account?

 

4. Enrollment at KIT

Which documents do I need for the enrollment at KIT?   

When is the deadline for the enrollment at KIT?

Do I have to bring my language certificate to enrollment?

Can I submit the degree certificate after enrollment?

Is health insurance mandatory for enrollment?

What is a liability insurance?

 

5. Living in Karlsruhe

How do I get to Karlsruhe and Karlsruhe School of Optics and Photonics?

Where are lectures taking place?

How accessible is Karlsruhe?

How accessible is KSOP (Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics)?

First steps at KIT

Do I get assistance once in Karlsruhe?

What is the Erasmus Mailing List Karlsruhe?

Where should I go to register myself as a foreigner to the new city and for Visa extension?

What is a Welcome Package?

Is the student card working as a tram ticket?

Where can I buy a second hand bicycle?

Some useful links about life in Germany.

 

6. Finding accommodation in Karlsruhe

What kind of student accommodations are available in Karlsruhe and what would be the likely cost?

Where do I find accommodation in and around Karlsruhe?

 

7. Funding your studies in Karlsruhe

What is the average cost of living in Karlsruhe?

I have no scholarship, what can I do?

Are there opportunities to work at the KSOP institutes to fund my studies?

Are there opportunities to work during the semester break, assuming an internship or thesis project is not scheduled?

Where do I find a job in Karlsruhe?

How many hours am I allowed to work with a student visa?

 

8. Technical Preparation in Mathematics

Do I need a technical preparation in Mathematics?

Do I need preparation in Linear Algebra?

Do I need preparation in Differential Equations?

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have been admitted to KSOP, how do I accept my study place? 

You will accept your study place through the enrollment at KIT in September/October.

You can find a link on your letter of acceptance where you can make an appointment for your enrollment at the International Student Office. This must be done in person as soon as you arrive in Karlsruhe.

After enrollment you have officially taken your place.

For us in the KSOP Office (where we coordinate the master "Optics & Photonics" and take care of you students) it is valuable to know in advance which students what to accept a place and which not.

Therefore, email us at admissions-KSOP∂idschools.kit.edu

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Where do I find the Admission Letter?

Open the Application Portal:

1. Click "my applications"

2. Login

3. Click "options" "view pdf"

You will not receive any further notification by post.

This admission letter is valid when applying for a visa.

 

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Can I pay tuition fees from abroad?

In the application portal you can find detailed information about this issue.

 

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I would like a receipt of payment from the university. How do I get this?

An official receipt is not available, in the application portal you can check if your payment arrived.

 

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The Pre-Arrival Guide?

The Pre-Arrival Guide leads you through the topics related to your arrival to Karlsruhe and your start of study in Karlsruhe. Please read it thoroughly and do not hesitate to ask the related institutions for further information.
 

 

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It is the first time I leave my country and come to Europe. Is there anyone from my country who studies at KSOP that can help me?

As soon as you confirm the study place at admissions-KSOP∂idschools.kit.edu, we will reply by sending you the contract of a senior student from your country or region. Your "KSOP buddy" will guide you and answer your questions.

 

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What are the visa requirements to enter and stay as a student in Germany?

For questions about visa requirements, please refer to page 2 of the Pre-Arrival Guide.

 

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What happens if I am late to attend the program, e.g. if I have trouble with my visa application?

In some cases, the KSOP office can decide to extend the arrival date for incoming students. The latest arrival allowed is 2-3 weeks after the lectures have started. We only accept emergency reasons e.g. with the visa process.

If you need assistance with your visa application, please let us know as soon as possible that you are looking for “Assistance Required in Reducing Waiting Time for Processing of Student Visa”

And e-mail us here: admissions-KSOP∂idschools.kit.edu with:

Your name

Your Date of birth

The name of the German Embassy

Visa application number (must be indicated)

Full name of person in charge of processing your application (if known)

 

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Blocked Bank Account: What is it?

Non-EU students must prove that they have sufficient financial resources to support their studies and stay in Germany.

Please confirm this issue with the German Embassy in your home country.

In addition, refer to page 6 of our Pre-arrival guide.

Information about blocked bank accounts.

 

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How to open a blocked bank account?

Please note that Karlsruhe School of Optics and Photonics CANNOT help you to open the blocked bank account.

It takes MORE than a week to open a blocked account and therefore you are advised to start applying for one immediately.

The German embassy in your country might be able to give your more information regarding which bank to contact.

 

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How to open a German bank account?

The KSOP Team will help you with this issue during the Orientation Week.

 

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Which documents do I need for the enrollment at KIT?

Please read here which documents you need to take with you to Karlsruhe.

 

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When is the deadline for the enrollment at KIT?

Link to enrollment deadline.

 

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Do I have to bring my language certificate to enrollment?

Please check the Admission Letter. If it is not mentioned in the requirements than you do not have to.

 

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Can I submit the degree certificate after enrollment?

Please bring with you the certificates you have, then you will be able to submit the official diploma on a second moment. In order to do that you must get in touch with your contact person from the International Student Office, who is mentioned on the Letter of Admission.

 

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Is health insurance mandatory for the enrollment?

A health insurance is mandatory to complete the enrollment at KIT. During the orientation week, we will help you to take out insurance at one of the public insurance agencies during the Orientation Week.

More information about the student health insurance.

 

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What is a liability insurance? Do I have to have one?

Besides a health insurance, we recommend students to geta  private liability insurance.

More information about liability insurances.

 

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How do I get to Karlsruhe and Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics?

If you are landing in Frankfurt International Airport, there are high-speed trains that bring you to the Karlsruhe Main Train Station (Hauptbahnhof).

From the Karlsruhe Main Train Station, you can take one of the following trams:

    • Tram S1 (direction Hochstetten)
    • Tram S11 (direction Neureut)
    • Tram 4 (direction Waldstadt)
       

Get off at  “Herrenstraße”, from there it is less than a 5-minute walk to Karlsruhe School of Optics and Photonics.

Buy a ticket for the tram at the ticket machines at the tram stops or in the tram (EUR 2.60 per ride availablefrom).

Taxis are available in front of the Karlsruhe Main Station at every hour.

For more details check the Directions.

 

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Where are lectures taking place?

Lectures take place at the KIT Campus and at the International Department.

Here is the link to the KIT Campus Map and the App KIT Navigator.

 

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How accessible is Karlsruhe?

Karlsruhe is located in Baden-Württemberg in the south-west of Germany.

Is a university city, in which student residents are a great part of the inhabitant.

Karlsruhe is well connected to travel to different cities in Germany and Europe, thanks to a comprehensive network of trains, busses and an airport.

It is very convenient to move within the city as well.

Find out more about the city of Karlsruhe, in which KSOP is located.

 

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How accessible is KSOP (Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics)?

Karlsruhe School of Optics and Photonics is a 5-minute walk from Kaiserstraße (King’s Road), the high street in Karlsruhe.

The area in which KSOP is located is where the most university facilities, institutes, laboratories, libraries and offices are. In addition, many shops and supermarkets are only a stone’s throw away, making shopping relative hassle-free.

The magnificent Schloss (Palace) and the Schlosspark (Palace Garden) are also right next to KSOP and students have the possibility to engage in sports or just enjoy leisurely strolls in a peaceful green environment.

 

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First steps at KIT

Click here to reach the summaries of To Do´s listed by the International Students Office at KIT.

 

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Do I get assistance once in Karlsruhe?

This are the most important steps:

  1. Joining the German National Health Insurance
  2. Matriculation at the university
  3. Registration at the Karlsruhe Resident Registry Office
  4. Opening of bank account
  5. Getting a German mobile phone number
  6. Renewing student visa at Foreigners’ Office

 

The Student Office assists the newcomers in points 1), 2), 3) and 4) during the Orientation Week. Please submit the necessary documents when the student office asks for them.

It is important for all students to have a bank account here in Germany, as you need to transfer the semester fees from a German bank account. Therefore, it is advisable to open an account as soon as possible.

A German mobile telephone number will be especially useful for foreign students who want to avoid international roaming fees and keep in touch with family and friends.

Reminder: Please inform the Student Office of any changes to your contact information, be it your address or mobile telephone number.

Further information.

 

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What is the Erasmus Mailing List Karlsruhe?

It is a mailing list for undergraduate and Master students.

If you subscribe, you will receive a large quantity of emails by other students about:

Party invitations, household equipment, bikes, rooms for rent…

Of course ´you will be able to send yourself a mail to the list in case you need or offer something.

You can subscribe to the Erasmus Mailing List Karlsruhe , also on Facebook.

 

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Where should I go to register myself as a foreigner to the new city and for Visa extension?

For the registration at Karlsruhe click here.

For Visa extension click here.

 

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What is a Welcome Package?

The welcoming package is a gift for every student of a university of Karlsruhe and for everyone who's apprenticing company and/or vocational school is located here in Karlsruhe. You will find more information here.

Info brochure.

ATTENTION! You only receive the welcome package when living in the inner city of Karlsruhe (not Landkreis=Suburbs of Karlsruhe)

 

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Is the student card working as a tram ticket?

You can use the KIT Card as a tram ticket daily from 18:00 to 05:00 all over the KVV-Net for free. All you need is to print out your matriculation certificate from the KIT student portal and have it with you. The certificate is available after the semester has started.

As a new student, you will receive a free semester ticket for trams and busses to move in Karlsruhe around the clock.

Please note: you need to register in Karlsruhe to receive the free semester ticket!

 
 
 
  1. Fahrradhaus Kramer: Hardtstr. 9
  2. Rad & Tat: Waldstr. 58
  3. Schäfer: Gritznerstr. 1
  4. Strebel & Co.: Zirkel 23
  5. Südstern: Erbprinzenstr. 4-12
  6. Newspapers
  7. Quoka
  8. Eukalyptus
  9. Ebay Kleinanzeigen

 

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Some useful links about life in Germany

Blogs from international students in Germany

Information about studying and working in Germany: http://www.study-in.de/en/

Studying in Germany: http://www.justlanded.com/english/Germany
http://www.young-germany.de/topic/study

Working in Germany: http://www.make-it-in-germany.com/

Pre-Arrival Guide

Just Landed helps you by topics like visas, housing, jobs and finance.

 

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What kind of student accommodations are available in Karlsruhe and what would be the likely cost?

Student residencies and private accommodation are both available.

The student residences are cheaper but also have long waiting lists.

We suggest you to register early at several dorms and to look for a flat on the private market in addition.
 

Here an overview of the rental costs in Karlsruhe (City).

  1.  200 – 300 Euro for a single room in student residences
  2.   300 – 400 Euro for a room in a shared flat
  3.   450 – 600 Euros for a one-person apartment
  4.   600 – 800 Euros for a flat for two persons

Outside of Karlsruhe the rent is cheaper.

 
 
 
 

Since the accommodation situation in Karlsruhe is quite tense, we recommend you to apply for several housing options as soon as possible.

Here is the general overview of the accommodation possibilities:

Student Residences: 

  1. Studentenwerk
  2. International Department
  3. Hans-Dickmann-Kolleg (HaDiKo)
  4. Hans-Freudenberg-Kolleg
  5. Insterburg
  6. ABH & RSH
  7. Hermann-Ehlers-Kolleg
  8. YOUNIQ residence

Further information on sharing an apartment, private accommodation and youth hostels.

Online Ads:

  1. Studierendenwerk 
  2. Studiguide Karlsruhe 
  3. Studenten WG 
  4. Studenten Wohnungsmarkt 
  5. WG-Gesucht 
  6. House-hunting

Hostels / Hotels in Karlsruhe:

  1. Jugendherberge / Youth hostels:
  2. Hotels (for English, click the British flag in the menu bar just under the picture of the palace) 
  3. http://www.bbkarlsruhe.de/
  4. Gästehaus am Karlstor
  5. Hotel am Gottesauer Schloss 
  6. Bed & breakfast rooms 

Bulletin Boards 

  1. in the student canteen
  2. on the institutes´ pin walls
  3. Newspapers
  4. Sperrmüll (immer Freitags / every Friday) 
  5. Karlsruhe Anzeiger (Mittwochs und Freitags / Wednesdays and Fridays) 
  6. BNN (Mittwochs- oder Samtagsausgabe / Wednesday or Saturday edition) 
  7. Agency:
    Fair-Schlafen Zimmervermittlung
    Förlenweg 6
    76287 Rheinstetten
    0721 - 951 3704
    Zimmer∂fair-schlafen de
    EUR 50-60 pro Monat (zusätzlich zur Miete) / per month (in addition to the rent)

 

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What is the average cost of living in Karlsruhe?

Here you can find a synopsis of the average cost of living for a student in Karlsruhe.

 

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I have no scholarship, what can I do?

Beside the KSOP scholarship, we collected the name of many other scholarships, which might be interesting for you. Please have a look on the Extern scholarship providers here.

 

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Yes, KSOP institutes offer jobs as student assistants. As soon as you started your studies in Karlsruhe, you can apply directly at the institutes. Usually you can earn up to 400 Euros for 40 hours per month. However, this is up to the institutes how much they can offer to you. Your work there will also give you an insight into the KSOP research activities. Another option is to find a working student job in a company in Karlsruhe. As Karlsruhe is a real “student city”, companies also offer these work options.

Here and here you can find student jobs offered in and around Karlsruhe.

The salary at the University depends on your achieved degree. With a BSc degree you receive 11,99 € per hour and with a MSc degree you receive 16,28 € per hour (stand 2019).

You need to show that you have completed the respective degree. A temporary degree certificate might be enough. If you are already in touch with an institute for a student assistant job (HiWi job), you should clarify the formalities with them.

 

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Are there opportunities to work during the semester break, assuming an internship or thesis project are not scheduled?

During the semester break, exams and internships are scheduled. Internships in industry are paid. If you look for a student job, at least the minimum salary or 8.84 Euro per hour has to be paid.

 

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Where do I find a job in Karlsruhe?

There are job portals with job offers online:

 

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How many hours am I allowed to work with a student visa?

Please refer to page 7 of the Pre-Arrival Guide.

 

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Do I need a technical preparation in mathematics?

To ease your start in the Master of Optics & Photonics, it is helpful if you know about the following mathematics topics:

• Fourier series and Fourier transformation
• Taylor series
• Use of delta-distribution
• Use of Levi-Cevita pseudotensor

 

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Do I need a preparation in lineal algebra?

To ease your start in the Master of Optics & Photonics, it is helpful if you know about the following topics:

• solving of (large) linear systems of equations, computing determinants, basic understanding of vector algebra
• different coordinate systems, scalar product, vector product
• differentiation and interaction in multi-dimensional spaces
• partial derivatives, line integrals, surface integrals, volume integrals
• gradient, divergence, curl, Stokes’ theorem, Gauss’s theorem

 

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Do I need a preparation in differential equations?

To ease your start in the Master of Optics & Photonics, it is helpful if you know about the following topics:

• ordinary differential equations
• partial differential equations
• boundary value problems, initial value problems

If you don’t feel familiar with all of the mentioned topics, we recommend you to use the time until the start of your studies to update your mathematics knowledge. For your preparations our professors recommend the following books: “Mathematical Methods for Physicists” by Arfken and Weber or “Rechenmethoden für Studierende der Physik im ersten Jahr” (only in German available).

 

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FAQ for Graduates

Congratulations on your graduation! We have collected further information about the next steps after your graduation. This includes deregistration, notifying the city of Karlsruhe and our alumni network.

1. Next steps after the graduation

What do I have to do after my graduation if I want to work in Germany?

Deregistration: What do I have to do if I won't stay in Karlsruhe anymore?

 

2. KSOP Ambassadors

What are the possibilities to stay in contact with KSOP?

 

3. Working in Germany

What are the tips on working in Germany?

Does the KIT offer support on finding a job?

Are there any job offers in the optical industry or institutes in or around Karlsruhe?

Does a career fair take place in the near future?

How do I apply for a job offer here in Germany?

On which portals can I search for job offers?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Next steps after the graduation

What do I have to do after my graduation if I want to work in Germany?

Blue Card
The Blue Card is a legal status and identity card for citizens of non-EU countries. It is issued for highly qualified people, who want to work in Germany and other countries in the European Union.

The requirements and more information can be found on www.bluecard-eu.de or either the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Soziales) or the Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge.

 

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Deregistration: What do I have to do if I won't stay in Kalrsruhe anymore?

You can find the information on deregistration and the formalities of the KIT here.

 

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2. KSOP Ambassadors

What are the possibilities to stay in contact with KSOP?

KSOP is proud for the continued cooperation with its alumni. They keep in contact as KSOP ambassadors. The goal is to help interested students with their application and, since they have successfully started their working life, they can help with finding a suitable job. You can look them up here and contact them via E-Mail or check their LinkedIn Profiles to find out where you might be successful with an application.

 

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3. Working in Germany

What are the tips on working in Germany?

On the website "Make it in Germany" you can find relevant information on working in Germany e.g. Visa requirements, job listings, living etc.


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Does the KIT offer support on finding a job?

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology offers advice for graduate students who are looking for a job via its Office for Relationship Management. The homepage has its own “Job Portal”.

The Office for Relationship Management also provides information about upcoming career fairs, ideas on how to improve your application and more.

Find more information here: http://www.rsm.kit.edu/3443.php

 

If you have an innovative idea and want to start something completely new, the Center of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the KIT could help you in this case. You will find more information on their website.

 

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Are there any job offers of the optical industry or institutes in or around Karlsruhe?

Yes, there are a lot of. Our premium partners Bosch, ZEISS and Polytec offer jobs in and around Karlsruhe regularly.

Here you can find all the current job offers.

 

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Does a career fair take place in the near future?

Once a year the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) offers its career fair on the Campus South where you can get in contact with the industry. You can find the exact dates here.



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How do I apply for a job offer here in Germany?

The requirements for applications vary from country to country. On this site you can find useful tips and helpful application hints.

 

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On which portals can I search for job offers?

Here is a list of some portals where you can check on job offers:

www.jobboerse.arbeitsagentur.de

www.stellenanzeigen.de

www.stepstone.de

www.yourfirm.de/stellenangebote/

www.absolventa.de

 

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