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Pre-SemesterCarl Benz School
Preparing the Pre-Semester

We’re buzzing with excitement as we prepare to welcome 70 students to our campus! They’ll dive into intensive courses in Maths, Physics, Chemistry, and English, all aimed at reviewing key materials or conquering the dreaded Feststellungsprüfung (Eligibility Examination). Passing this exam is a crucial step for those aspiring to study Mechanical Engineering (International) at KIT.

But it’s not all about hitting the books! To help students unwind, our fantastic Student Services team at CBS has planned three relaxing weekend activities. These events are designed to take their minds off the pressure of studies and provide some much-needed fun. Stay tuned to this section to read about what happened and see photos of these exciting weekend plans!

Summer SchoolCarl Benz School
Inspiring Future Mechanical Engineers

This July, the CBS Summer School welcomed 160 high school students from around the globe for an unforgettable experience across three dynamic Summer School sessions. Concluding on July 20th, the program was a resounding success, featuring inspiring lectures, interactive workshops, and captivating excursions. Themed around mechanical engineering, the summer school aimed at students aged 16 and older, providing an immersive introduction to this vital field. Emphasizing experiential learning, the Summer School focused on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This approach highlighted the crucial role of mechanical engineering in addressing contemporary global challenges. In that way, the CBS Summer School not only educated but also inspired the next generation of engineers to innovate for a better future.

CBS College Program/Research Talent Challenge

We are excited to announce that scholarship applications are now open for both current and incoming CBS College Program students. The CBS College Program/Research Talent Challenge offers four awards of 1,000€ each for incoming students and two awards of 2,000€ each for current students, recognizing academic potential and a commitment to fostering intercultural environments within the CBS community. Applications are accepted from May 15th to June 30th, 2024, with awards presented during Orientation Week 2024.




Application Portal opens soonCarl Benz School/KIT
KIT Application Portal is now closed

The KIT Online Application Portal for the B.Sc. program in Mechanical Engineering (International) at the Carl Benz School of Engineering for a start in 2024/2025 is now closed. We thank all applicants for applying.

The admissions decisions will be sent out within the next weeks. 
The Online Application Portal will open again in December this year for the application to B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering (International) starting in the 2025/2026 winter semester.


Industry Talk, Academia, Industry
Meeting with Industry leaders

On April 20th, CBS College Program Students had the privilege of meeting industry leader Lukas Decker, who leads function development for battery management systems at Mercedes-Benz AG, and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Doppelbauer from KIT, a renowned researcher in hybrid and electric vehicles, providing invaluable insights into the latest advancements in the field. Students engaged in interactive discussions and gained firsthand knowledge from these experts during this session.

IC Engines and Electric Vehicles Workshop

On April 13th, the CBS College Program and Top Engineers India have organized an “electrifying” event – the "IC Engines and Electric Vehicles: Bridging the Gap" workshop. This cutting-edge seminar explored the intersection of traditional Internal Combustion Engines (IC Engines) and the latest Electric Vehicle (EV) technologies.


Fireside ChatCarl Benz School/KIT
Fireside Chat

In February the newly appointed Vice Dean and Dean of Studies of Mechanical Engineering (International), Prof. Thomas Böhlke, came to the International Department to meet with CBS College Program participants for a "Fireside Chat".

In this session our students had the chance to talk to Prof. Böhlke directly and got to know him and his passion for engineering. A wonderful opportunity for inspiring and insightful discussions and exchange.

International Women's DayCarl Benz School/KIT
International Women's Day

Women make up only 34% of the workforce in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) despite of the critical roles that they play in the field. How can our society support and empower women, and increase their representation in traditionally male-dominated sectors? Facing gender-specific social expectations, how do women bring talent and creativity, and make meaningful contributions to research, innovation, and business?

On International Women's Day the International Department of KIT warmly invites you to hear individual experiences and insight from highly successful women from both academia and industry, and engage in thought-provoking discussions. 


Food Festival
International Food Festival

The International Food Festival came to the CBS College Program and the International Department Dormitories! Students with a passion for cooking came together to showcase their skills and everyone in the CBS College Program was invited to this flavorful event. This culinary adventure went beyond food: each dish tells a unique story of culture, tradition, and innovation, making this festival a delightful exploration of global gastronomy. We celebrate cultural diversity at the CBS College program every day – and on this occasion in the most delicious manner!


Application Workshop
Application Materials Workshop

In this workshop for upper semester students enrolled in the College Program, participants will gain crucial skills and practical insights into what goes into preparing an application portfolio, concentrating on written job applications for the German job market. This interactive training incorporates real-world examples and draws on the consulting experiences of a student-led business consultancy. Attendees can anticipate ongoing feedback, fostering effective communication in a student-friendly environment. The objective is to equip students with essential qualifications and methodological expertise, ensuring their preparedness for the intricacies of job applications in the German professional landscape. This workshop will be repeated next year for the Cohort 2023.


Saturday, 20 January
SE 201
For upper semester students

Career Fair
Workshop and Career Fair

Upper-semester CBS College Program students are set to participate in a preparatory workshop on Friday, January 12, followed by the Bonding Career Fair in Karlsruhe on January 17. During the fair, they will have the opportunity to attend a talk by Procter & Gamble titled "What do a Braun shaver, an Oral-B toothbrush, and Ariel have in common? All products need GREAT ENGINEERS to create them – do you want to take the challenge?" The Friday workshop aims to provide students with valuable insights on how to effectively navigate a career fair, addressing their specific career stage, whether they are in the early stages of exploring opportunities or preparing for job searches and internships. The fair visit will serve as a practical application of the skills acquired during the workshop and as networking opportunity for more advanced students.


BONDING e.V. Career Fair
Kongresszentrum Karlsruhe
Preparatory Workshop: January 12th, 2024
Career Fair: Wednesday, January 17th, 2024 

SAIDInternational Department/KIT
Relaunch of the SAID

After a dormant period during the pandemic, the Student Association of International Department (SAID) is back to build and serve the student community on campus. It aims to create a local student community at the International Department. It is student-led, dedicating to bring international students together and connect them through raising culture awareness and celebrating culture diversity.

We are currently in the application phase of the different roles in the SAID Committee. Look forward to exciting projects and events that SAID will be implementing in the future! 

3 Workshops Series

Dr. Robert Landwehr conducted three engaging workshops on Project and Time Management, as well as career advice for engineers in Germany. These sessions, which took place in November and at the beginning of December, open exclusively to CBS College Program participants, were well attended, reflecting the strong interest 
and proactive approach of students invested in their professional development. Envisioning the lasting impact of these workshops, we look forward to exploring diverse themes in future sessions, catering to the evolving needs of engineering students in Germany and fostering their growth in areas such as innovation, sustainability, and emerging technologies.

Photo ShootCarl Benz School/KIT
Career Photo Shoot

The free annual career photo shoot for our higher semesters took place on December 5th. Students had the chance to have a professional application photo taken of themselves, which they can use for their CV as well as for applications, internships and LinkedIn. 

Heidelberg Carl Benz School/KIT
Trip to Heidelberg

On November 11 we took a cultural excursion with our students to Heidelberg. They were able to spend a beautiful fall day in Heidelberg. The city tour provided exciting and interesting insights into the history of the student city. The participants were rewarded with a beautiful sunset. We are looking forward to explore more beautiful places around Karlsruhe with our students.