FAQ Relating to the Corona Virus
The Carl Benz School of Engineering is aware of the current situation and prepared to react appropriately.
1. Who can I contact with my admissions questions?
We are still here for you! You can apply until April 30th, 2021 for a start in the winter semester 2021. After your admission to the B.Sc. Mechanical Engineering (International) from the KIT, you are able register for the CBS College Program. The College Program Registration Portal opens on May 15th, 2021.
If you have any questions regarding your application, you can contact our admissions team at admissions∂carlbenzschool.kit.edu or call at +49 (0)721 608-47901.
2. Are there any updates regarding the SAT?
Because of the exceptional circumstances, both due to COVID-19 pandemic and the suspension of SAT testing, applicants can apply for the B.Sc. Mechanical Engineering (International) and the CBS College Program also without SAT scores.
>> Please take a look at our admission requirements.
3. Are there any updates regarding the TOEFL?
Applicants to the B.Sc. Mechanical Engineering (International) program for the Fall 2021 semester may apply with their TOEFL Take Home Edition scores. All applications must be submitted by the April 30th application deadline.
>> Please take a look at our admission requirements.
1. What are the plans for the summer semester teaching in times of Corona?
Studies started again on April 20th, 2020, in time for the planned start of lectures in the summer semester. The summer semester in KIT started online and, depending on the how the situation develops in the semester, may switch back to a presence phase. The big advantage for you is that your study program in the summer term remains the same but you will be participating in your courses by way of the student portal ILIAS rather than by physically taking part in lectures/tutorials.
CBS-MEI lecturers are presently preparing their electronic course offerings which we anticipate will include power point or video lecture presentations in addition to lecture notes and self-study assignments. These will be complemented by consultation hours with the lecturers and (electronic) tutorials.
It is our understanding that the current timetable as published on the CBS - Virtual Student Office remains generally valid. However, timetables may be subject to changes in detail. Such changes will be published both on ILIAS and in the CBS - Virtual Student Office.
We kindly ask you to continue to check both websites on a regular basis.
2. What is the availability of the Virtual Student Office?
The CBS Virtual Student Office will continue to be exclusively available for our College Program Participants during regular office hours (CET) using Microsoft Teams or by appointment if you need assistance outside of these times. Should you have suggestions regarding specific needs from your side, please feel free to contact us.
Find more information on our Virtual Student Office.
3. Will the German and English courses be offered online?
Language Courses in German and English will also be offered online. The group separation in Intercultural Communication and Negotiation of Dr. Altehenger-Smith will remain effective (see time table). Dr. Mann has already opened up registration for the different German as Foreign Language course levels.
We will keep you updated and will provide further information, regarding extra tutorials, workshops or maybe new formats, that will help all of you to bridge over these difficult times.
1. How can I reach the Accommodation Office during the pandemic?
We are still there for you during the office hours from Monday to Friday between 8.30 am to 12.00 pm and 1.30 pm to 5.00 pm.
You can reach us by telephone via +49 721 608 47888 or you can contact us via email: living∂id-schools.kit.edu.
2. Are there general hygiene rules at the ID?
Yes, we kindly ask you to abide to the following measures:
- When entering the building disinfect your hands. We've provided disinfectant at all entrances.
- Please always keep a distance of 1.5 meters and avoid physical contact.
- Please wear a mask at all times in the building and during lectures.
- Please do not touch your face. Use the inside of your elbow when sneezing or coughing.
- People with cold symptoms are not allowed to join events
3. What precautions have been taken against the spread of the virus in the dormitory?
- There are disinfectant stations at entry areas. In private areas the tenants are responsible for disinfectants.
- In private areas, face masks are not mandatory as long as a distance of 1.5 metres is possible.
- The cleaning team provides a thorough support in cleaning and disinfecting the kitchens.
- New tenants and returnees will receive a disinfectant upon arrival (once).
4. What are official regulations regarding wearing a mask?
As of September 30, 2020, employees and students of the ID and KIT are required to wear a mask whenever they find themselves on public routes such as door and other entrance areas, passageways, corridors, staircases, sanitary facilities, and routes at events and when you cross the ID courtyard, as well as during lecutures. For more information, please see question 9. Please note you are also required to wear a mask when you are shopping.
5. I was abroad - what do I need to know before my return?
- Please inform us in advance of your planned return by e-mail (living). ∂idschools kit edu
- Please see questions 6-8 regarding the regulations and measures to be followed.
- To protect our residents and staff we ask you to abide to the following measures: You were not in a risk area (defined by Robert Koch Institute, see accordant website) within the last 10 days. If you were in a risk area within the last 10 days, you have to get tested upon arrival (most airports have test facilities available). A negative test result is prerequisite for moving into the dormitory. You officially have to quarantine yourself for 10 days after arrival. It is possible to get tested a second time after five days. If the result is negative the quarantine can be terminated. Online participation is always possible. Please see question 8 for official quarantine regulations.
6. What do I need to know about entering Germany from a risk area?
- Persons returning from risk areas are required to inform local authorities about your return using this link. You will find another online form on the on the website of the city of Karlsruhe. The form is in German. If you have issues understanding the text you can also send an email (polizeirecht) to the Karlsruhe office of public order including: Your name, address, date of return, a doctor/lab issued certificate including test results (see question 8), place of departure, date of birth and, if applicable, short details of any coldlike symptoms you might experiencing. Please also see question 5, 7, 8, especially with regard to quarantine obligations. ∂oa karlsruhe de
7. Is a test required for new residents and returnees and where can I get tested?
- Persons entering Germany from a risk area are required to supply a Covid-19 test to the ID before arrival (living). You can get a COVID 19 test in your home country max. 48 hours before entering Germany. ∂idschools kit edu
- You can get a COVID-19 test at Frankfurt Airport, or several other German airports. If you have to wait at the airport late at night for the test, please book a hotel room. You are asked to present the test result to the International Department before your arrival.
If you want to be exempted from quarantine, additional measures must be taken, see question 8.
8. How can I be exempted from the German quarantine obligation?
- You officially are required to find yourself in quarantine for 10 days. You can be exempted from the quarantine by German authorities if you provide proof that you tested negative for COVID-19 by providing a doctor / lab issued medical certificate confirming the validity of the test. This test must be taken no sooner than 5 days after your arrival. The medical certificate must be kept for at least ten days after entry. The health department may request the test result.
- It is necessary to get tested if typical symptoms of infection with coronavirus, such as fever, dry cough, or disturbance of the sense of taste or smell, appear within ten days of entry.
- The German authorities will only accept tests from pre-approved countries (see list of preapproved countries).
9. What else do I need to know?
Please be aware that the number of people / number of households that are allowed to meet changes on a regular basis. Current limitations can be found on the website of the State of Baden-Württemberg.
Financial Support in times of Corona
1. Is there any financial support?
Students that have been hit financially by the current COVID-19 crisis may also apply for an interest-free loan () hosted by the KfW ( ). A loan of up to 650€ per month is available for both domestic and international students; with the duration of financial support being determined on an individual basis.
The application for is only possible within the period from May 16 , 2020 – February 15 , 2021! The funding period begins at the earliest on July 1 , 2020 and at the latest on March 1 , 2021. If funding has not started by March 2021 at the latest, no further funding will be possible. Because of this, the application must be received in full by the KfW on February 15 , 2021 at the latest.
The toll-free service number (0800-539-9003, Monday – Friday: 8 am – 6 pm) will be able to provide you assistance in English. Initially, the call begins with an automated response, after which you have to enter "eins" (one) by pressing the telephone-button “1” or by language, afterwards you will be connected with a representative.
Please not that contents are subject to change.
For general information relating to the Corona Virus, please view the KIT FAQ information page.