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Institut für Regionalwissenschaft (IfR)

Kaiserstraße 12
Gebäude 10.50
76131 Karlsruhe
phone: +49 721 608 42365
fax: +49 721 608 42888

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Every year, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers study scholarships for international students of the master's degree course.


All over the world, problems of land use, damages due to natural disasters and conflicts between land users increase.

The Institute of Regional Science (IfR) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany, analyses these structures and processes. Its interdisciplinary research staff develops regional and spatial planning concepts to meet these challenges. The institute's guiding principle is an active exchange of research and teaching at the interface of geo, environmental and social sciences. 

In the framework of the master’s degree course in Regional Science/Spatial Planning, the IfR offers two different four-term study programmes focussing on the special challenges of emerging and developing countries and the planning concepts based on them. It also fulfills teaching and research responsibilities of the former Institute of Urban and Spatial Planning (ISL) at the KIT.


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Deadline for applications

To take up your studies in 2016 apply before 30 September (applicants with a German university entrance certificate). To apply for a DAAD scholarship – start of studies in 2017 – send in your documents before 30 October 2016 (applicants of developing countries).

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What is regional science?

Why study it?

An introduction
by Prof. Dr. J. Vogt



50th Anniversary of the IfR

50 years of experience in interdisciplinary planning and intercultural exchange.

50+ (GER)
50+ (EN)
50+ (FR)
50+ (CHN)

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We are glad to assist you!

Contact us at +49 721 608 42365, via info@ifr.kit.edu or check the FAQs on application and admission.

Ask Santiago and Yue

Are the exams difficult? Are lectures intelligible to non-
native German speakers?
How do I choose a master's thesis topic? Our students' representatives Santiago and Yue are happy to tell you about their experiences: santiagog86@hotmail.com or zhengyy1229@gmail.com.

Lectures workspace

You can find lecture notes on courses of IfR and former ISL on ILIAS. Find your courses via Vorlesungsverzeichnis.