Selection procedure

Architecture Bachelor’s Programme

Application for admission is only possible for the winter semester.
Application deadline is 31.07.2021 (cut-off deadline!).
The Bachelor's programmeme is admission restricted.

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Information for the application to the bachelor's degree programme in architecture at KIT.
Status April 2021

Prerequisites for admission to the bachelor's degree programme in architecture at KIT are:

1. one of the following degrees:

  • General university entrance qualification,
  • subject-linked university entrance qualification with technical orientation,
  • or another qualification in the sense of § 58 para. 2 LHG

2. sufficient knowledge of the English language corresponding to at least level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)*.

Selection procedure

The bachelor's degree programme is admission-restricted. There are 156 study places available. After deduction of the preliminary quotas, the remaining study places are distributed via a selection procedure.

The selection procedure is based on the academic performance, the result of a practical task on the topic of "Thresholds and Boundaries" and any previous experience of the applicants. Based on these performances, a ranking is formed according to points.

1. result of the university entrance qualification (academic performance, weighting 60%):

The sum of the points achieved in the university entrance qualification is divided by 14 or 15 (max. 60 points).

2. practice-related task (weighting 30%):

To prove their subject-specific aptitude, applicants must work on a topic issued by the selection committee by April 30 of a year at the latest and submit the result of their work in the form of sketches, drawings, photos or other forms of presentation and a short text on the topic (300 - 400 characters incl. spaces), no originals, max. DIN A4, max. 5-10 pages, with the application.

The submitted performances will be evaluated separately by the members of the selection committee on a scale from 0 to 30 points.

3. previous experience (weighting 10%):

If available and proven, the following previous experience may be evaluated, provided that it gives particular indication of suitability for the intended course of study:

  1. completed vocational training in a relevant profession (e.g. draftsman, carpenter) and previous professional experience relevant to the course of study even without completed vocational training (max. 10 points)
  2. practical activities, e.g. voluntary service (max. 5 points)
  3. extracurricular achievements and qualifications, e.g. prizes and awards (max. 5 points)

The members of the selection committee evaluate the previous experiences separately on a scale from 0 to 10.

The points from a) to c) are added together, but the total cannot exceed 10 points.

* English language proficiency can be demonstrated by one of the following internationally recognized tests:

  1. Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 90 on the internet-based test or.
  2. IELTS with an overall score of at least 6.5 and no section below 5.5 or
  3. University of Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or
  4. University of Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) or
  5. UNIcert at least level II.

Proof of English proficiency by means of one of the above tests is not required for applicants with

  • a university degree from a higher education institution with English as the sole language of instruction and examination; English as the sole and official language of the degree programme completed must be indicated in the Diploma Supplement, Transcript of Records, or degree certificate; other confirmations of the language of instruction and examination will not be accepted as proof of language proficiency;
  • an Abitur certificate, whereby the foreign language must have been taken for at least 5 years of learning directly up to the degree entitling the holder to university admission, and the final or average grade of the last two years of learning the language must correspond to at least the German grade 4 (sufficient) or at least 5 points.

If the language certificate is missing at the time of application, the applicant can still be admitted in individual cases under the condition that he/she proves the language certificate by the end of the matriculation period.

Architecture Master’s Program

Applications are possible for both the winter and summer semester.
The application deadline for the winter semester is 15.07. (cut-off deadline!).
Application deadline for the summer semester is 15.01. (cut-off deadline!).

The Master's programme is admission-restricted.

Application and admission

The Master's programme is admission-restricted.
Prerequisites for admission to the Master's degree programme in Architecture at KIT are:
1. bachelor's degree
A passed* Bachelor's degree (or at least an equivalent degree) in the study programme Architecture (or a study programme with essentially the same content) at a university, university of applied sciences or university of cooperative education or at a foreign university. The course of study must have been completed within a standard period of study of at least three years and with a minimum number of 180 ECTS credits,
2. minimum knowledge and minimum performance in the areas**:
- Design to the extent of 60 LP, of which one urban design project to the extent of at least 10 LP.
- Building technology to the extent of 30 LP
- Theoretical and historical foundations to the extent of 20 LP
- 20 LP in design and presentation and
- 20 LP in urban and landscape planning.
The assignment of the achievements in the Bachelor's degree programme to the areas must be made by the applicant on a form.
3. internship***
A twelve-week full-time internship in an architectural office or in a structural engineering department of an office or a large company.
4. German language skills
for applicants whose native language is not German, proof of sufficient knowledge of the German language in accordance with the requirements of the admission and matriculation regulations of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT),
5. passing the examination
that in the degree programme in architecture or a related degree programme with essentially the same content, there has been no final failure of an examination required according to the examination regulations and that the examination entitlement still exists for other reasons as well
6. subject-specific aptitude test (project portfolio/conversation)
Successful participation in a subject-specific aptitude test consisting of a project portfolio and, if applicable, an interview.
The design or project portfolio with work samples should consist of the final thesis of the undergraduate Bachelor's degree, further self-selected own work from the Bachelor's degree as well as a tabular curriculum vitae and is to be submitted in DIN A4 format with a maximum of 30 pages.
The draft or project portfolio is evaluated on a scale of 0 to 80 points.
If the score is at least 61 points, the portfolio meets the requirements and the subject-specific aptitude test is passed.
If the score is below 41 points, the subject-specific aptitude test is not passed.
If you score between 41 and 60 points, you will be invited to an interview.
In the interview, you should be able to apply specialist content from your studies and professional experience to questions and objectives in architecture. This includes the areas of design, the understanding of architectural issues, the ability to work scientifically and the technical language competence. Your interview behaviour will also be assessed with regard to the manner of expression, approach to the discussion of problems and the conclusiveness of the argumentation.
The interview will take place on the premises of the KIT in Karlsruhe and will last approximately 20 minutes.
The exact dates and the location of the interview will be announced by KIT at least one week before the interview. The applicants admitted to the interview will be invited by KIT in due time. The time period for the interview will be fixed and announced before the application deadline.
The interview will be evaluated on a scale of 0 to 20 points.
If the total score in the interview is at least 10 points, the subject-specific aptitude test is passed.
Letter of motivation
For the formation of the ranking list, a letter of motivation of a maximum of 500 words must be enclosed for the choice of the Master's degree programme in Architecture at KIT.
In the letter, please explain why you are applying for the Master's degree programme in Architecture at KIT, why you consider yourself suitable for this degree programme and what goals and expectations you have of the study of architecture at KIT.
Ranking list
A ranking list will be drawn up among the applicants who fulfil the admission requirements:

  • Overall grade of the academic degree (15 points)
  • Letter of motivation (5 points)
  • Design/project portfolio (80 points)

Due to the high number of applicants, not all applicants who meet the admission requirements can usually be admitted. This means that even after successful completion of the interview, it is possible that no admission will be granted because the placement on the ranking list is in the lower range.
* Admission to the Master's degree programme in Architecture can also be applied for if the Bachelor's degree has not yet been obtained by the application deadline, and if it is to be expected that the applicant will complete the Bachelor's degree programme in time before the start of the Master's degree programme in Architecture on the basis of the previous course of studies, in particular the previous examination results.
In this case, an average grade determined on the basis of the previous examination results can be taken into account in the admission and selection decision. The applicant takes part in the admission and selection procedure exclusively with the average grade determined and the previous study and examination achievements. The subsequent result of the Bachelor's degree is disregarded. The application must be accompanied by a certificate of the study and examination achievements (e.g. extract of grades) up to the end of the application period.
** If up to 30 LP of the aforementioned achievements are missing, the applicant can nevertheless be admitted with the achievements actually made if he/she successfully completes and proves these achievements within the first three semesters of the Master's degree programme in addition to the study and examination achievements required according to the relevant study and examination regulations of the Master's degree programme in Architecture.
*** If the twelve-week professional internship pursuant to Paragraph 2 No. 4 is missing, the applicant may nevertheless be admitted in individual cases on the condition that he/she successfully completes the internship by the beginning of the third semester of the Master's degree programme. The fulfilment of the condition must be proven at the latest for re-registration in the fourth semester.

Art History Bachelor’s and Master’s Programmes

Bachelor’s degree programme

According to the ordinance of the Ministry of Science Baden-Württemberg of 17 July 2009, there are no admission restrictions for the Bachelor’s degree programme in Art History.

Master’s programme

The admission requirement is normally that the subject for which he/she wishes to be admitted to the Master’s degree programme subject for which he/she wishes to be admitted to the Master’s programme. degree.
This means that anyone who wants to be admitted to a Master’s degree in subject A
must have previously studied subject A as a major subject.
The admission regulations are the same for some of the subjects, while other subjects have their own regulations. other subjects have their own regulations.

Selection of applicants:
On the one hand, the previous study programme and its final report are (maximum 64 points), on the other hand, “other achievements” can also be taken into can also be taken into account with up to 15 points. These “other achievements” are listed in the selection statutes list:
a) completed vocational training in a relevant training occupation and previous, relevant to the course of study (also without completed training) as well as practical training) as well as practical activities,
b) special educational background and
c) extracurricular achievements and qualifications, e.g. prizes and awards.
If there are more applicants than study places, the applicants are selected according to the criterion of of the aptitude points.


Old-building Renovation Master’s Program

Admission to the Postgraduate Old-building Renovation Master’s Program requires a bachelor’s degree or equivalent degree (“Diplom“) and proof of occupational aptitude.

Admission is restricted to the winter semesters.

In addition, proofs must be produced of a two-year training qualification that is relevant to the intended course of studies and of other, scientific, and occupational qualifications. A personal statement giving the reasons for choosing Karlsruhe as the place of study and for selecting the desired study course and future profession must be added to all other documents.

The available semestral admissions to the Postgraduate Old-building Renovation Master’s Program are distributed among all applicants fulfilling the above formal conditions. If there are qualified applicants in excess of the number of available admissions, candidates are chosen by selection and rankings of course achievements, other, scientific, and occupational qualifications, and selection interviews. Total credits then are calculated by considering the credits obtained for the course achievements (20 %), for other, scientific, and occupational qualifications (30 %), and for the selection interview (50 %).

A maximum of 80 points can be obtained for course achievements. Up to 15 points are achievable for other, scientific, and occupational qualifications such as:

  • Qualification in a recognized occupation requiring formal training

  • Practical experience and specific preparatory training

  • Extracurricular achievements and qualifications such as prizes and awards

Outstanding scientific achievements such as relevant publications, exceptional scientific papers, research activities, and research experience gained at scientific institutions or in industry can be considered in addition.

The selection interview serves to find out whether the expertise gained by the applicant in the course of studies provides a sufficient basis for the required preliminary scientific and practical knowledge. Moreover, it is assessed whether he or she is apt for and open-minded to the selected study course. Each applicant is interviewed by a selection commission for approximately 30 minutes and is accredited with up to 15 points.

KIT will announce the times and places of the selection interviews two weeks in advance. Applicants admitted to take part in the interview will be invited in due course.