International Baccalaureate (IB Diploma Students) at the CBS

The Carl Benz School of Engineering and the B.Sc. Mechanical Engineering (International) annually attract a significant number of students from International Baccalaureate (IB) World Schools. With a rich history of educating international IB students, we strongly encourage applications from those who have completed the IB Diploma Programme (DP).

We recognize that IB Diploma holders are exceptionally well-prepared for university education, thanks to several key components of the IB curriculum. These include the Theory of Knowledge course, the Extended Essay requirement, and the Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) component. This acknowledgement underscores the value placed on the unique skills and perspectives that IB students bring to both the B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering (International) and the CBS College Program.

Admission Requirements for IB Diploma Holders

The International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB diploma) is a school-leaving qualification that is awarded by the Geneva-based, private sector International Baccalaureate (IB) Organization and can be earned at thousands of schools worldwide. Throughout Germany, an IB diploma is generally recognized as a school-leaving certificate.

Students need 6 Subjects of which three High Levels, in particular:

  • Mathematics HL - all students need High Level Mathematics unless their school enters on the list where special arrangements with the German government have been made.
  • Physics (SL or HL) - if students do not have Physics, they will not be admitted to the B.Sc. MEI
  • 2 Languages of which one Foreign Language HL - if the Foreign Language HL requirement is not fullfilled, admitted students get indirect admission (see below)
  • One Social Science (History, Geography, Economics, Psychology, Philosophy, Social Anthropology, Business and Management, Global Politics
  • One free Subject Choice

Indirect Admission: In the case of IB Diploma holders, indirect admission will only be offered in cases in which the Foreign Language HL requirement is not met. In such cases, students will have to take the Eligibility Exam, which is offered by the CBS at the end of September at the end of the Pre-Semester, in which they will study Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, and English. Please note that students will have to pass the Eligibility Exam in all four subjects in order to be admitted to the B.Sc. in MEI at KIT.

Other Admission requirements are: 


SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test)

  • Composed of Reading Test, Writing and Language Test and Math test
  • Minimum score of 1.200 points

ACT (American College Test)

  • Composed of English Test, Mathematics Test, Reading Test & Science Test
  • Composite Score of 24 points


  • Percentile rank of 75

Proof of English language proficiency is not required for applicants who:

  • have had English as the language of instruction within the last two years of their schooling. The Declaration of English Proficiency form can be submitted in order to receive a waiver from any English language testing obligations.
  • demonstrate that they have obtained a General Certificate of Education (GCE) at A-level or AS-level with a minimum grade of "B" in English.
  • obtained an "International Baccalaureate (IB)" as a university entrance qualification and can prove at least a grade 5 in the subject English.
  • Otherwise applicants are required to provide one of the following standardized English Language Examination:


Your motivation letter should be written in English and not exceed two pages. It should contain the following topics:

  • Introduction and personal background
  • Interest and skill related to science and engineering
  • Motivations for choosing to study Mechanical Engineering
  • Personal goals during your studies
  • Future career goals

Additional certificates applicants may include in their application:

  • Extracurricular activities
  • Work experience (internships, vocational, or professional training)
  • Significant awards and distinctions
  • Recommendation letters

Please prepare all your documents as electronic PDFs to be uploaded online via the KIT Application Portal. All applications must be submitted by the April 30th deadline.


The KIT Online Application Portal for the B.Sc. program in Mechanical Engineering (International) at the Carl Benz School of Engineering is now openGet your applications ready for the 2024/2025 winter semester!