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Fact Sheet:
Education Abroad Adviser:
Erica Nikolaisen
Minimum GPA:
Class Standing:
2.5 - Second Semester Sophomore
Language of Instruction:
English, German
Language Requirement:
0 semesters
Internship Available:
Fields of Study:
Engineering, German, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
Program Description:
Karlsruhe (KIT) logo

Program Overview     

Please note this program will no longer be accepting applications after spring 2019. 

Penn State College of Engineering has partnered with Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) to offer an exchange program to engineering students.  The city of Karlsruhe is located in southwest Germany, near the French border, in the German state of Baden-Wurttemberg.  Nearly 300,000 people live in the city which is located on the eastern
shore of the Rhine River.

Rhine River - KarlsruheKIT is one of the most prestigious universities and research institutions
in German
y.  Over 21,000 students are enrolled at KIT.  It is a university with distinguished faculties in the sciences and engineering fields. Penn State students can take engineering courses that are instructed in English through KIT's multinational Carl Benz School.  The exchange program has been carefully organized in conjunction with KIT so that courses available to Penn State students are appropriate to allow for academic progress toward degree completion. 

Ideal candidates for the program are students in the fields of Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, or Production Engineering. Penn State students can also enroll in German language and culture courses to complement their experience in Karlsruhe. 

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Education Abroad Credits

You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis. Students may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State. To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the Karlsruhe Course Equivalency List. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.

The following departments at KIT offer courses in English:
Furthermore, there is the possibility for exchange students to participate in German language classes to improve their language knowledge. Every semester, there is a three week intensive German course before lectures start. Students can also participate in German courses with different levels during the semester. More information about German language classes can be found on the KIT website.


Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program:

  • Minimum 3.5 GPA
  • Second semester sophomore or higher at time of study
  • This program is open only to students in the Penn State College of Engineering
  • All course grades in mathematics at least B
  • Highly recommended to complete one semester of German language (not required)
  • All necessary pre-requisite courses (refer to Penn State Mechanical Engineering sample academic tracks for reference) 

Housing and Meals

Housing is available near the university.  Students will arrange their own housing for the semester of study by utilizing the resources available on the KIT international student site.  Meals are also the responsibility of each student.

Program Costs

For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Spring Budget Sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.

Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.
The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit the Funding Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.

For More Information

For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative

To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.

For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the Student Spotlights of Penn State students currently studying abroad.

How to Apply

If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page. 

You must complete the following materials in your application:

  •  Education Abroad Questionnaire
  •  One academic recommendation
  •  Signature Documents
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.

Please note that you will also be instructed to complete an application with the host provider as a part of your Penn State application either at time of application or upon acceptance.

Studying Abroad with a Disability

Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 09/15/2017
Rolling Admission 04/01/2018 07/21/2018
Academic Year 2018-2019 03/01/2018
03/14/2018 TBA TBA
Spring 2019 09/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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