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Institute of Regional Science (IfR)

Kaiserstraße 12
building 10.50
76131 Karlsruhe, Germany
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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What is regional science?

Why study it?

An introduction
by Prof. Dr. J. Vogt



Ask Silvia and Sophie

Are the exams difficult? Do I understand lectures if I am not a native speaker? Is it fun to go on field trips? Our student representatives Silvia und Sophie are happy to give first hand information: julimoreno21@hotmail.com u. sophie.kaiser@student.kit.edu.

50th Anniversary of the IfR

50 years of experience in interdisciplinary planning and intercultural exchange.

50+ (GER)
50+ (EN)
50+ (FR)
50+ (ES)
50+ (CHN)


You are invited to personal counselling also during our lecture-free period:
Prof. Vogt
Prof. Braun
Secretariat opening hours

Scholarship programme "Deutschland Stipendium" Apply now! Get € 300,00 monthly for one year. You can also apply if you are not a KIT student yet, but are taking up your studies at KIT coming winter term. Closing date 27 April 2017.
Lectures workspace

You can find lecture notes on courses of IfR and former ISL on ILIAS. Find your courses via Vorlesungsverzeichnis. Also check the course plan (Stundenplan) for summer term 2017.