Frequently Asked Questions

Before and while filling out your application


Where can I upload additional documents (certificates, etc.)?

Please go to the “Documents” section in your application. Here you can add a new document by clicking on the “New” button.

Please select now from the drop-down-menu which type of document you wish to upload.

Motivation Letter

What does the Motivation Letter contain and what should it look like?

Your motivation letter should not exceed 2 pages and should contain the following topics:

  1. Introduction and personal background
  2. Interest and skills related to science and engineering
  3. Motivation and reasons for choosing to study Mechanical Engineering
  4. Personal goals for the Bachelor of Science degree
  5. Future career goals


What can I do if I have not yet taken the SAT?

Please check on the website from College Board to register for the next SAT test.
The next test takes place on March 14th, 2020.

What can I do if my SAT score is lower than 1.200?

If your SAT score is lower than 1.200, you have the chance to take a new SAT test. Please check on the website from College Board to register for the next upcoming SAT test.

I have IB, do I still need the SAT?

Yes, the SAT test is mandatory for all applicants.

Do I need the SAT if I already have an English Proficiency Test like the TOEFL?

Yes, the SAT standardized Test (Math, Evidence-Based Reading and Writing; at least 1.200 points) is mandatory for your application. Additionally, an English Proficiency Test (either TOEFL or IELTS) or the Declaration of English Proficiency are required.

I did not have Physics courses in the 11th or 12th grade, what should I do?

If you did not have Physic courses in 11th or 12th grade, you can take the SAT Subject test. Please check on the website from College Board to register for the next SAT test.

Costs and Scholarships

What are the costs for B.Sc. Mechanical Engineering (International)?

The Carl Benz School of Engineering holds a college structure within the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), which is why the specific college fee applies in addition to the university enrollment and tuition fees. The college fee covers academic learning and additional services* that are provided by the Carl Benz School.

Normal Semester (6 months):


KIT Tuition Fee**

CBS College Fee*

Overall Semester Fee

EU Student

153,69 €

7.000 €

7.153,69 €

Non-EU Student 

1.653,69 €

7.000 €

8.653,69 €

Other costs: Travelling to and from Germany

Are there any scholarships?

At the moment, Carl Benz School does not offer full scholarships/ aid/ loans. After the first year of studies, merit-based partial scholarships may be available but it is advisable that applicants make sure they have enough personal financial resources to support the entire duration of their stay and studies. Nevertheless, there are Official Scholarship Funds.

After submitting your application

When will I receive feedback about my application?

Prospective Students will be informed about the admission decision in 2-3 weeks following the application deadline (April 30th, 2020).

Where should I send my missing documents?

Please send your missing documents via email to:

Where can I get information about my current application status?

In order to see your current status you need to login to the application portal of the KIT. After login the “Home” page is loaded. Here you can find the information in the section “Overview of other applications”:

What does my current status mean?



about submission in process

Your application has been successfully submitted into the KIT application process. The KIT and the CBS will now check your data and documents thoroughly and the CBS will get back to you via e-mail in case you have to modify your application.


Your documents have been checked and were rated to be complete. The KIT will now evaluate your application.

Preliminary Rejected

KIT has checked your application and found some issues with one of your documents. This does not mean that your application has been rejected completely. You have time until April 30th to replace certain documents. The CBS will contact you as soon as possible to discuss your options.



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