Carl Benz School of Engineering

FAQ Relating to the Corona Virus

Last updated on March 22nd, 2021

The Carl Benz School of Engineering is aware of the current situation and prepared to react appropriately. Even if COVID-19 persists, all programs will run as planned on site, online, or in hybrid format in accordance with local and national regulations.

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Applying to CBS in times of Corona

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∂ or call at +49 (0)721 608-47901.


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.


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.



Teaching at CBS 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.

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.


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.


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.



Housing at CBS in times of Corona

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∂


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


There are disinfectant stations at all entry areas. In private areas the tenants are responsible for disinfectants. In the own private area, facemasks 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).


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 lectures. For more information, please see question 9. Please note you are also required to wear a mask when you are shopping.


Please inform us in advance of your planned return by e-mail (livingCbu9∂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. If you return outside of our office hours, please send your test result to facilitySip7∂idschools kit edu.
  • Please see question 8 and 9 for quarantine obligations. Please also see question 6 (obligation to register), question 7 (test requirements) and question 8 (quarantine obligations).

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 website of the city of Karlsruhe. The form is in German. If you have issues understanding the text you can also send an email (polizeirechtDiq7∂oa karlsruhe de) 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.


The German authorities differentiate people entering Germany from

a. Normal risk areas
b. High-incidence risk areas (there is a particularly high incidence of the spread of the coronavirus)
c. Virus variant risk areas (there is a widespread occurrence of certain variants of the coronavirus)

The corresponding areas are posted on the Robert-Koch-Institute’s website daily. The different categories have implications for travellers entering Baden-Württemberg. Regardless from which area travellers are entering Baden-Württemberg, anyone has to carry a negative coronavirus test with them.

You are asked to supply a negative Covid-19 test result to the ID before arrival (livingAoe1∂idschools kit edu). You can get a COVID 19 test in your home country max. 48 hours before entering Germany.

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.


a. Normal risk areas:     

You need to carry a proof of a negative test result (in paper or in electronic form, in English, French or German). The test must have been taken within 48h after entering Germany.
You need to quarantine yourself for at least five days after you entered Germany.
If you take a second test no sooner than 5 days after your arrival which shows a negative result you are no longer required to quarantine yourself. You have to keep the test result for 10 days. When you are on the way to a doctor or a test station you are officially allowed to leave your apartment (however, this is the only reason you may leave your apartment).

b. High-incidence risk areas:

You need to carry a proof of a negative test result (in paper or in electronic form, in English, French or German) and the test must have been taken within 48h prior to entering Germany. You need to quarantine yourself for 10 days. There is no possibility to shorten the duration of the quarantine obligation.

c. Virus variant risk areas:

You need to carry a proof of a negative test result (in paper or in electronic form, in English, French or German) and the test must have been taken within 48h prior to entering Germany You need to quarantine yourself for 10 days. There is no possibility to shorten the duration of the quarantine obligation.



Travellers from high-incidence areas and from risk variant areas can not be exempted from the quarantine obligation. People traveling from “normal” risk areas: Please see question 8. The corresponding areas are posted on the Robert-Koch-Institute’s website daily.
People who have recovered from corona virus infection are not obligded to stay in quarantine. However, this is only valid if the infection is was no longer than 3 months and at least 21 days ago. You need to have taken a PCR-test to confirm this.


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.


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 and partially in English here.

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.



Further information

Please not that contents are subject to change.

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

Updates on COVID-19