Pre-Semester: the CBS Preparatory Course

What is the Pre-Semester?

The CBS Pre-Semester is an eight-week course taking place in August and September in order to prepare students in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and English before the start of their studies.

The course aims to provide you with the knowledge to successfully start your studies in Mechanical Engineering (International). In addition, the various excursions, team building events and social events ensure that you settle in well in Germany and are in contact with your fellow students right from the start.

The Pre-Semester is mandatory for everyone who is not qualified for direct admission to reach the level required to meet the higher education entrance qualification in Germany. At the end of Pre-Semester, candidates who have not been admitted directly must pass the assessment of eligibility (entrance examination) in order to gain enrollment in the B.Sc. Program in Mechanical Engineering (International).

We highly recommend everyone that has been given direct admission to take part in the Pre-Semester since it covers essential topics for studying Mechanical Engineering.


Why you should take part in the Pre-Semester

  • To refresh your knowledge in Physics, Mathematics, and Chemistry
  • To attain the level of proficiency in Academic English required for Mechanical Engineering studies
  • To get to know the academic standards and demands of a German university
  • To settle in Karlsruhe before the semester start
  • To explore the region around Karlsruhe through the various excursions that are offered
  • To get to know your future fellow students through e.g. team building and social events

Find more information about direct and indirect admission in our FAQs!


Pre-Semester 2024

Move-In Days: July 30st2024

Start of Lectures: July 31st, 2024

End of Lectures: September 6th, 2024

Dates Entrance Exams: September 9th - 13th, 2024

Dates Oral Exams: September 23rd - 27th, 2024

Dates Retake Exams: October 7th - 10th, 2024

Location: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, International Department (ID) Campus

Costs: 5.250 EUR (regular price) | 4.700 EUR (Early Bird payment must be received by June 30th, 2024)
The costs include:

  • lectures
  • extra tutorials
  • teaching materials
  • exam fees
  • events & excursions
  • acccommodation on the ID campus or in the KIT Guest House (depending on availability).

In the case that there are no vacancies at the ID or the KIT Guest House, hotel accommodation will be offered and an additional fee will be charged. Please get in touch with us as soon as possible.

Excursions: During the Pre-Semester we will organize several exciting excursions for you. For example, you will be building your own raft from scratch in cooperation with your fellow students as well as go tree climbing. We will also visit the world famous Mercedes Benz Museum in Stuttgart. On top of this, we will take you to the exciting high ropes activity and enjoy the beautiful outdoor activities we have planned for you. Our student association is also involved in the Pre-Semester and will organize a scavenger hunt around the KIT campus so that you get to know all the relevant locations on campus.

Important information: Please start the visa application process as soon as you have received the letter of admission.

Please note that the dates might be subject to change.

>> Take a look at our academic calendar for 2023/2024 here.


Impressions from the 2021 Pre-Semester Class

Some of our students of the 2021 batch shared their experience during the Pre-Semester with us.
Check below to watch the video on YouTube:


Our preparatory courses

Read more on our preparatory courses in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and English.

The Pre-Semester course in Mathematics covers the following topics:

Part I: Calculus

Basic Concepts, Functions, Differential Calculus, Limits, de L'Hôpital's rule, Integral Calculus

Part II: Vector Algebra

Vectors, Matrices, Linear Systems, Gaußian Elimination and Determinants, Decomposition of Vectors, Vector Product in R³, Applications of Vector Algebra in R³

The Pre-Semester course in Physics covers the following topics:

I. Classical Mechanics

Introduction to Mechanics, Kinematics, Forces, Conservation Laws, Rigid Bodies, Waves

II. Classical Electrodynamics

Electrostatics, Electric Currents, Electroydynamics, Electronic Filters


The Pre-Semester course in Chemistry covers the following topics:

I. Atoms, Elements and the Periodic Table

II. Ionic Bonding

III. Covalent Bonding

IV. Bonding in Metals

V. Solutions

VI. Chemical Kinetics

VII. Equilibria

VIII. Acids and Bases

IX. Redox Reactions

X. Electrochemistry

XI. Organic Chemistry


The aim of the English courses during the Pre-Semester is to prepare students for the use of Academic English.  Even during secondary education using English as the medium of instruction, some of the basic tools needed for succeeding successfully in academic studies are neither refreshed nor the principles taught. Therefore, the English courses in the Pre-Semester offer such for students who at their entry point do not complete the placement test with results that would allow them to officially enroll in the study program. Only those elements are stressed that will be needed in multiple situations of their study program and of their professional life, including internships.


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