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GEARE Karlsruhe

Program Location Karlsruhe, Germany
Sponsor Purdue
Program Type Exchange
Course # SA 20180
Duration Spring Semester
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Current Program Dates
Spring 2018 04/01/18 to 08/15/18

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Overview Purdue Credit
Eligibility Academics
Housing Program Costs
Financial Aid Deadline
Returnee Info Resources


This program combines a semester of exchange at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology with a 3 month internship in industry or at a university research facility. Students travel to Germany in January for the internship opportunity and work full-time prior to beginning their studies at KIT in April.

During the semester of study at KIT, Purdue students are paired with KIT students for a global design team project. These projects continue the following spring when the KIT GEARE students study at Purdue.


This program is available to Engineering students participating in the GEARE program.


GPA Requirement: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: 4 Sem German

Purdue Credit
Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Engineering]
Specifically from: IE, ME (ENGR)

If students complete courses while abroad from Purdue colleges that have not approved the program, they might be able to earn transfer credit for those courses. Students interested in pursuing transfer credit should discuss this with both their academic advisor and their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

Language of Instruction: English and German

Semester Course Load: 30 ECTS (15 Purdue credit hours) + 3month internship


During the academic semester, KIT helps students arrange for a single room in shared student housing facility within the city of Karlsruhe.

Students interning outside of Karlsruhe work with their employers to arrange for short-term housing.

Estimated Program Costs

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Spring 2016

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue
You will pay Purdue Tuition Check Tuition
Program Fee$0.00
Purdue International Insurance (per month)$32.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Program Specific Insurance$425.00
Round-trip Airfare$1,500.00
Local Transportation$250.00
Books and Supplies$245.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $2,000.00 -$5,000.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos)$175.00

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline.  To insure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an on-line application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Most Spring Semester Programs Sep 15

Returnees Information

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email

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