Building and planning in an international context - German-French doublemasterprogramme in architecture
The German-French double master program in architecture is offered jointly by the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de l'Architecture de Strasbourg ENSAS and the Department of Architecture of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology KIT and has a pilot character for the opening of the job market in the course of a cross-border planning policy. Qualified architects and urban planners can establish themselves as experts in cross-border issues, as well as in regional and economic issues of architecture, urban and landscape planning. In Strasbourg and Karlsruhe they acquire the knowledge and methods to deal with different spatial scales - from the region to the city and from the city quarter to the building. In this respect, the Upper Rhine region serves as a testing ground for the students. At the same time, the study programme guarantees that the knowledge and skills acquired are transferable to other regions in Europe.
The double master's programme in architecture is sponsored by the Franco-German University in SaarbrückenDFH.
Department of Architecture at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Ecole nationale supérieure d'architecture de Strasbourg.
|Degrees||Master of Science (KIT), Diplôme d'État d'Architecte (ENSAS)|
|Standard period of study||4 semesters|
|Type of study||Full-time study|
|Part-time study||Counselling for individual course of studies|
|Language of instruction||German and French|
|Start of studies||possible for the winter semester|
|Application deadline||10 June 2021|
|Admission||by admission procedure|
|Internship||12-week office internship is a prerequisite for admission; an 8-week office internship in the partner country is planned to accompany the course of study.|
|Credits||120 credit points|
|KIT application portal||https://www.sle.kit.edu/vorstudium/bewerbung.php|
Course of studies
The geographical proximity of the two universities of architecture to each other, their location within a common, characteristic landscape, the Upper Rhine Plain, and at the same time two different European states, mean a unique situation. They make a closely interlocked study programme possible, which thrives on the lively exchange between students and lecturers from both universities.
The four-semester double master's programme is based on a correspondingly high degree of integration: In the first academic year, students enrolled in Strasbourg and Karlsruhe study together, spending the first semester at ENSAS and the second semester at KIT. The group dynamic created in the first year of study is further promoted in the third semester by taking half of the modules and courses at the home university and half at the partner university. In the fourth semester, participants study fully at their home university with the aim of writing their own Master's thesis. An intercultural tutorial accompanying the four master's semesters supports the students in positioning themselves within the double-master's specific subject matter.
In addition to the stay at the partner university, the achievements of the double master's programme include the completion of an office internship of at least two months in the partner country. Study and examination achievements at the partner university will be credited at the home university towards the achievements required for the award of the degree. The double master program follows the study and examination regulations of the master programs in architecture of ENSAS and KIT.
|1st semester||ENSAS Strasbourg||Joint studies in Strasbourg|
|2nd semester||KIT Department of Architecture||Joint studies in Karlsruhe|
|3rd semester||ENSAS Strasbourg and|
KIT Department of Architecture
|Study at the home university|
by taking modules at the partner university
|4th semester||Home university||Processing of the master thesis|
The Master's thesis must reflect the special topic of the double Master's program - building and planning in Euroregions, cross-border design. The final presentation will take place in front of a joint jury consisting of representatives of ENSAS and KIT.
The diploma certificate consists of three parts:
(1) Master of Science in Architecture (M.Sc. in Architecture), issued by KIT.
(2) Diplôme d'Etat d'architecte (grade de Master), issued by ENSAS
(3) Double diploma certificate, issued by ENSAS and KIT
Application and admission
Students who wish to participate in this study program need a Bachelor's degree in architecture or at least an equivalent degree as well as proof of a successfully completed 12-week office internship. Students still enrolled in the diploma program in architecture must have successfully completed the third year of study in order to be admitted. Knowledge of the language of the partner country corresponding to level B2 of the "Common European Framework of Reference for Languages" is also required. Applicants are tested in this at their home university.
Selection takes place via a two-stage procedure: At the beginning there is the selection via an application portfolio. In the subsequent selection interview, a jury consisting of representatives of ENSAS and KIT assesses the personal and professional motivation of the candidates.
Application portfolios are submitted to ENSAS or to the KIT Department of Architecture and must contain the following documents:
- Letter of motivation (bilingual),
- curriculum vitae (bilingual),
- transcript of grades and overview of all academic achievements up to that point,
- Copy of the Bachelor's degree certificate or the certificate of at least an equivalent degree,
- Portfolio with studies and own (design) projects (design titles bilingual),
- Proof of language skills in German (DSH2 or equivalent) and French.
Application deadline for the winter semester 2021/22 is June 10, 2021.
Digital application only required. Send by email to arturo.romero∂kit.edu.
Selection interview will be held via video conference at the end of June 2021.
Participation in the selection interview is a prerequisite for enrolment in the respective university.
La date limite d'inscription au Double Master pour le Semestre d'hiver 2021/2022 est le 10 juin.
Documentation d'inscription digitale seulement. Envoyer par email à arturo.romero∂kit.edu.
Les entretiens d'admission se feront par visioconférence fin juin 2021.
La participation aux entretiens d'admission est obligatoire pour l'inscription dans l'école qui correspond.
Enrolment and tuition fees
During the stay at the partner university, the participants remain enrolled at the home university, where the administrative or tuition fees are to be paid. Students are exempt from the tuition fees of the partner university and only have to pay low registration fees.
Information Brochure Double Master