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Information for Prospective Students

With all of the uncertainty during this time with Corona virus COVID-19 there is at least one certainty, we are still here for you! If you have questions about your application or our programs, you can contact us by email infoOli2∂carlbenzschool kit edu or via phone +49 (0) 721 608 47880.

Many of our colleagues are working remotely to stay home and flatten the curve but we are still working hard to provide you the chance of studying at an excellence research university!

Contact Information
Ariane van Elst

Ariane van Elst

Student Counselor

+49 (0)721 608-47886

ariane vanelstDrn4∂kit edu 

FAQ Relating to the Corona Virus


Last updated on May 29, 2020 at 9:18 am

The Carl Benz School of Engineering is aware of the current situation and prepared to react appropriately.


What are the plans for the summer semester teaching in times of Corona?

Studies will start again on April 20, 2020, in time for the planned start of lectures in the summer semester. The summer semester in KIT will start 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.

Click here for information about the study program start from the KIT. 

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.


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.


Will the German and English courses be offered online?

Language Courses in German and English will also be offered on-line. 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. Please sign-in here.  

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.


What are the regulations in terms of housing at the Carl Benz School?

The ID Campus is open and the Accommodation Team will be happy to answer your questions at any time. 

We have taken all necessary measures to ensure that the hygiene standards are as high as possible. We thank you all for your help in implementing and maintaining these measures. Fortunately, there have been no positively tested residents in the dormitory so far.

If you are resident in the ID campus and currently not in town, please note you can come back at any time. However, you are kindly asked to inform Sabrina from the Accommodation Team in advance of your planned return. If you are travelling from one of the risk areas mentioned by the Robert Koch Institute, we would like to point out that you are asked to remain in quarantine in your room for 2 weeks after arrival. In order to arrange this appropriately Sabrina has to be contacted in advance (Living∂


What do I have to know when coming back to campus?

According to the Robert Koch Institute, the federal and state government recommend quaratine to people who are planning to enter Germany from EU countries, Schengen-associated countries or the United Kingdom if the country of origin has a high COVID-19 incidence. A high incidence means more than 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the past 7 days (find more information here). However, quarantine is not compulsory anymore for persons coming back from these regions. If you are planning on coming back to campus soon feel free to contact us directly and we can tell you if you will be required to quaratine or not.

Please not that even though further loosening of restrictions have already begun in Germany, we are still obligated to wear (non-medical) face masks in public transport and in all shops countrywide. A distance of 1.5 meters from other individuals must be maintained in public spaces.


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 (Studienkredit) hosted by the KfW (Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau). 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 international students is only possible within the period from May 16th, 2020 – February 15th, 2021! The funding period begins at the earliest on July 1st, 2020 and at the latest on March 1st, 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 15th, 2021 at the latest.


Further information can be found here in German External Link and partially in English External Linkhere.

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.


With concrete questions regarding the Carl Benz School that are not answered here, please contact Ms. Ariane van Elst: ariane.vanelst∂


For general information relating to the Corona Virus, please view the KIT FAQ information page.