Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics

Application Procedure

You are interested in applying for the KSOP Master Program? Then, please check the admission requirements and follow the steps leading to your application.

The application portal is now closed. If you are interested in applying, we will be accepting applications starting in 2021.

You need to fulfill the admission criteria for the KSOP MSc Program in Optics & Photonics (please see below).

The application procedure varies depending on your country of origin:

Step 1: Online Application for German Applicants

German applicants are required to apply online:

The application portal is open from April 1 to April 30 every year External Link for the upcoming winter term (program start: October every year).

You will receive a first feedback on your application approx. 6 weeks after sending your application.

Step 2: Submit Printed Application

At the end of your online application you will be asked to print your application documents and send them to the following address:

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
KIT-Servicezentrum Studium und Lehre
Kaiserstr. 12
76131 Karlsruhe/Germany

You are required to enclose the following documents in your application:

  • Copy of your Bachelor Degree Certificate
    (if the Bachelor degree is not yet available at the closing date for applications but will be completed before the registration, candidates can apply with a preliminary transcript of records)
  • CV in English
  • Letter of Motivation in English (max. one A4 page)
  • 2 Recommendation Letters
    At least one recommendation letter from a professor of your current university is needed. Please forward this form for recommendation letters to the referees. They need to send the filled out form as scanned copy via e-mail to the KSOP Office: admissions-KSOP∂idschools.kit.edu
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency:
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum of 570 paper based test, 250 points computer based test or 88 points internet based test (institution code of KSOP: B618) Attention! Only certificates that were sent directly by ETS will be taken into account!
    • or 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.
    • 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. The test is not necessary if your mother tongue is English or you have completed your former study program in English. In this case the official language of your former study program has to be mentioned on the final certificate, its supplement or the transcript of records.

  • Scholarship Application
    If you can prove excellent study results (top 5% of your batch), you can apply for financial support within the scope of the KSOP Scholarship Program. Please attach the scholarship application and send it together with your documents. Please also check the offers of other scholarship providers as the number of scholarships is restricted.

If the certificates and the proof of English language proficiency are in German, you can hand them in in German. The CV and the letter of motivation have to be handed in in English.

Step 3: Admission

You can check the status of your application in the application portal. By middle of June you will be informed about your admission by the Students Office (Studierendenservice) with an official admission letter called 'Zulassungsbescheid'. The 'Zulassungsbescheid' will be available for download in the application portal.

Step 1: Online Application for International Applicants

All international applicants are required to apply online at the International Student Office External Link. Please follow the link 'Online admission' and 'Other Country'.

Please note: In case you can only select to apply for "summer term" instead of "winter term", please select "summer term" in the online form. When you 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. 

The Application Deadline is April 30th every year for the upcoming winter semester (Program Start: October every year). You will receive a first feedback on your application approx. 6 weeks after your application.

Step 2: Submit Printed Application

At the end of your online application you will be asked to print your application documents and send them to the following address:

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
International Student Office
Adenauerring 2
76131 Karlsruhe/Germany

COVID-19 UPDATE:

These updates are only valid during the current COVID-19 pandemic. 

  • Because of the current COVID-19 situation we have updated our application process only for the 2020 application phase. Effective immediately: you can send your documents online and do not have to send by post mailing. After submitting your online application, you can submit the following documents to admissionsOffice∂intl.kit.edu.
  • Applicants to the M.Sc. Optics & Photonics program for the Fall 2020 semester may apply with their TOEFL Take Home Edition scores. 

You have to enclose the following documents in English in your printed application*: 

  • Copy of your Bachelor Degree (if the Bachelor degree is not yet available at the closing date for applications but will be completed before the registration, you can apply with a preliminary transcript of records)
  • CV in English
  • Letter of Motivation (no longer than one page)
  • 2 Recommendation Letters At least one recommendation letter from a professor of your current university is needed. Please forward this form for recommendation letters to the referees. They need to send the filled out form as scanned copy via e-mail to the KSOP Office: admissions-KSOP∂idschools.kit.edu
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency:
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum of 570 paper based test, 250 points computer based test or 88 points internet based test (institution code of KSOP: B618) Attention! Only certificates that were sent directly by ETS will be taken into account!
    • or 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.
    • 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. The test is not necessary if your mother tongue is English or you have completed your former study program in English. In this case the official language of your former study program has to be mentioned on the final certificate, its supplement or the transcript of records.
    • German language skills are no precondition for the program.

    * If your certificates need to be translated into English, please hand in a copy of the certified translation into English. Please only hand in copies of your documents because we are not able to send back the documents to you. Upon enrollment at the KIT, you have to show the original certificates and original translations.

  • Chinese, Mongolian & Vietnamese Applicants: Please insert an APS certificate or hand it in the latest by April 30th.

  • Scholarship Application
    If you can prove excellent study results (top 10% of your batch), you can apply for financial support within the scope of the KSOP Scholarship Program. Please attach the scholarship application to your printed application and send it together with your documents. Please also check the offers of other scholarship providers as the number of scholarships is restricted.

Step 3: Admission

You can check the status of your application in the application portal. By middle of June you will be informed about your admission by the International Students Office with an official admission letter called 'Zulassungsbescheid'. The 'Zulassungsbescheid' will be available for download in the application portal.

Candidates with outstanding study results (top 10 %) can apply for the KSOP scholarship program together with their application for the KSOP Master Program.

Do you have any questions? Please check our FAQs.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor degree or equivalent degree in the field of Science or Engineering with above average grades. The Bachelor degree has to be completed with a minimum of 180 ECTS points or within a regular period of study of at least three years (if the Bachelor degree has not yet been conferred by the closing date for applications, but will be completed before the registration, you can apply with a preliminary transcript of records).
     
  • Profound Knowledge in Mathematics and Physics (usually a minimum 12 credits each during the Bachelor studies)
     
  • English Language Proficiency

Selection Criteria

The admissions committee issues a ranking for every applicant with a maximum score of 150 credits. The selection process takes into consideration previous study results, for which up to 95 credits can be allocated, as well as up to 55 credits for scientific and/or practical experiences and other achievements such as: 

  • Practical experiences and special preparatory trainings relevant to the field of study
  • Extracurricular activities and qualifications, such as rewards, awards and conference contributions
  • Experiences abroad and language qualifications
  • Motivation letter and recommendation letters

For Bachelor degrees which do not correspond to the ECTS-guidelines and for which no place cipher is assigned, the admissions committee will conduct an evaluation of the applicant on the basis of descriptions of the study program. The corresponding documents have to be attached to the application.

The exact selection statutes (in German) may be consulted here .

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