FAQ Relating to the Corona Virus

Last updated on May 19th, 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!

The application period for B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering (International) for a start in the winter semester 2021/2022 has ended on April 30th. 2021. Our Online Application Portal for a start in the winter semester 2022/2023 opens in December 2021.

To ensure your exclusive participation in the CBS College Program 2021 after applying to Mechanical Engineering (International), please follow the steps on the College Program Application Portal. The spots in our College Program are limited - so don't miss out this exclusive addition to your studies and apply today! Please note: Participation in the College Program is only possible, if you have received admissions for B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering (International) from KIT. After your successful application for the College Program, we are going to contact you very soon after the admissions decisions from KIT have been sent out and inform you about the status of your College Program application.

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.


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 there for you during the regular 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.


Please contact us in case of a positive Covid-19 test result immediately via coronaYtz8∂international-department com and send us your mobile number so that we can contact you directly for assistance.


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 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 receive once a disinfectant upon arrival.



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 (livingPnk5∂idschools kit edu). Please see questions 7-11 regarding the regulations and measures to be followed. Persons traveling by air must always present a negative test result to the carrier before departure, regardless of whether they have been in a risk area. To protect all our residents, students and staff we ask you to abide to the following measures: 

  • If you were in a risk area within the last 10 days, you have to get PCR tested upon arrival (most airports have test facilities available). 
  • A negative test result is a prerequisite for moving into the dormitory. You officially have to quarantine yourself for 10 days after arrival. It is possible to get PCR tested a second time after five days. If the result is negative the quarantine can be terminated.
  • Please see question 9 and 10 for quarantine obligations. Please also see question 7 (obligation to register), question 8 (test requirements) and question 10 (quarantine obligations).

Persons who, within the last 10 days, spent time in a risk area are required to inform official authorities about your trip using this link.

  • Before traveling, you must complete a digital entry declaration, indicating if you have stayed in a risk area within the last ten days prior to your trip. After you have provided all the necessary information, you will receive a PDF file as a confirmation. As a general rule, your carrier will check whether you have a confirmation. Transportation cannot take place therwise.
  • 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 (polizeirechtObq0∂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 8, 9, 10, especially with regard to quarantine obligations.


Persons traveling by air must present a negative test result to the carrier before departure, regardless of whether they have been in a risk area. If you have stayed in a risk area, you must always go home - or to another accommodation at your destination - immediately after arrival and segregate yourself for ten days (domestic quarantine). If you have previously stayed in a virus-variant area, the isolation period is fourteen days.    
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 the State Baden-Württemberg in Germany (see questions 9). 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 (livingKnx8∂idschools kit edu). You can get a PCR test in your home country max. 48 hours before entering Germany. If you want to be exempted from quarantine, additional measures must be taken, see question 10.


Persons traveling by air must present a negative test result to the carrier before departure, regardless of whether they have been in a risk area. If you have stayed in a risk area, you must always go home - or to another accommodation at your destination - immediately after arrival and segregate yourself for ten days (domestic quarantine). If you have previously stayed in a virus-variant area, the isolation period is fourteen days.    

The domestic quarantine can be terminated prematurely if proof of recovery, proof of vaccination or negative proof of testing is submitted via the Federal Republic's entry portal at https://www.einreiseanmeldung.de. After prior stay in high incidence areas, testing can be done at the earliest five days after entry. When you are on your 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). After stay in virus variant areas the quarantine lasts 14 days and an early termination of the quarantine is not possible.    

Proof of vaccination and convalescence can replace a negative test result. If you have proof of vaccination / convalescence you can be exempted from the quarantine obligation.

This does not apply in the case of a previous stay in a virus variant area.

Where can I find additional information (e.g. on regulations regarding shopping etc.)?

  • Visit the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology's coronavirus FAQ: 
  • Visit the website of the Federal State “Baden-Württemberg”, in which Karlsruhe is located:
  • Visit the website of the German Federal Health Ministry:
  • Visit the website of the Robert Koch Institute:


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∂kit.edu.

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

Updates on COVID-19