Why study in Karlsruhe?

Founded in 1715, the fan city of Karlsruhe is idyllically located in the climatically favored Oberrheingraben Logo KAbetween the Palatinate Forest, Black Forest and Vosges. As a "residence of law", Karlsruhe has one of the highest academic densities in the state. The university was founded in 1825, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) was founded in 2009 from the merger with the Karlsruhe Research Center. The Meteorological Institute (IMK) itself was formally established in 1929 with the appointment of Albert Peppler as the first director of the institute.

The IMK has many advantages:

  • Largest meteorological institute in Germany and by combination of the university area with a large research institution very wide range of research areas.
  • Varied lectures, various topics for theses and diverse HiWi jobs for students.
  • Due to very small amount of students in each semester good supervision and no overcrowded courses.
  • Possibility to initiate own (web-) projects: Numerous renowned and well-known websites were created at the IMK: wetter3.de, wetterzentrale.de, klimadiagramme.de, wolkenatlas.de, wettergefahren-fruehwarnung.de.
  • Development and operation of globally unique large equipment and measuring platforms.
  • Numerous international contacts through joint projects and measurement campaigns (eg at the Dead Sea or in Africa).
  • Close cooperation with the German Weather Service and other international meteorological services and research institutions (eg development of new forecasting models).
  • Possibilities for a stay abroad [e.g. Leeds (England), Tel Aviv (Israel), Istanbul (Turkey)].


The KIT has many advantages:

  • Contiguous campus (KIT campus south) in central location and within walking distance to the city center, castle and park.
  • University Library open 24 hours.
  • Wi-Fi is available throughout KIT grounds and in many public spaces in downtown Karlsruhe.
  • Ability to combine with other natural / geosciences (such as geophysics, geodesy, ...) as a supplementary/ minor subject.
  • Acquisition of further interdisciplinary qualifications possible (Studium Generale, language courses).
  • Rich sports offer (university sports, club sports, competitive sports).
  • Wide range of university groups from various fields (political, cultural, social, ...).
  • Variety of musical arrangements: from dance to symphony orchestra, from big band to chamber choir.
  • Good structures for the promotion of young talent.


The city of Karlsruhe has many advantages:

  • Pleasant size (300,000 inhabitants, with currently about 24,500 KIT students and 17,000 other students from 8 other colleges, as of 2014), good shopping.
  • Climatically one of the warmest & sunniest cities in Germany.
  • Location in the countryside yet conveniently located on the A5/A8; good connection to the long-distance railway (ICE/TGV, for example only 3 hours to Paris).
  • Proximity to the airport Karlsruhe-Baden-Baden with numerous and often favorable connections at home and abroad.
  • Well-developed public transport system (KVV) within Karlsruhe and the surrounding area. Many 24-hour operation. Cheap semester ticket for students.
  • Level terrain and thus bicycle friendly with manageable distances.
  • High recreational value with uninhabited castle park, numerous gravel lakes, swimming pools, Rheinauen ... Location at the foot of the Black Forest.
  • Wide cultural offer (open air events (eg "Das Fest"), Center for Art and Media Technology (ZKM), Schauburg Programmkino, open air cinema, theater (eg Badisches Staatstheater, Tollhaus), museums (eg Badisches Landesmuseum, Natural History Museum), many restaurants and student pubs ... and much more!
  • Vibrant, multicultural and colorful neighborhoods filled with festivals, events and other activities.

Did you know, that …

  •  ... that you can use your student card from 6 pm for free trams?
  •  ... as a student you can go to the Schauspiel in the Staatstheater (Opera / Ballet) for 6 € (8 €)?
  • ... that there are student pubs where you can buy schnitzel with fries for 3.90 €?
  • ... that you do not have to pay admission in many museums in Karlsruhe on Friday afternoon?
  • ... that you can go to France by bike?
  • ... a tram (AERO-TRAM) drives through Karlsruhe, which measures the air quality?