German-Chilean double degree program

Focussing on natural hazards and disaster prevention

The German-Chilean double degree Program in Regional Science/Spatial Planning Focussing on Natural Hazards and Disaster Prevention inculdes an interdisciplinary teaching cooperation with the Universidad de Concepción (UdeC), Chile at the interface of geo, natural and social science and prepares students for a job in the field of regional planning, environmental management and development cooperation.

Using methods of social science, natural science and economy, the discipline of regional science analyzes regional structures, processes and conflicts to identify regularities as a basis to estimate future developments and to influence ongoing processes by applying the instruments of regional politics and regional planning.

This program focuses on risk-oriented spatial planning and regional development beyond the background of social, ecological and economic factors.

Risks involved in regional development are increasing, driven by various factors. On the one hand, climate change aggravates extreme natural events, which in turn cause increasingly severe regional damages, including for instance draughts, floods, storms or tsunamis. On the other hand, processes of economic globalization may cause disasters, interrupting well-established ecomic ties or destroying existing markets with the appearance of new strong competitors like China which is increasingly dominating markets in Latin America. 

Students of the German-Chilean double degree program study the first and fourth term at the UdeC and the second and third term at the Institute of Regional Science (IfR) of KIT. At UdeC, the curriculum is managed by three departments: department of environmental science, department of social science and architecture and department of urban planning and geography.

Students learn to analyze conflicts of spatial use in the context of social, ecological and economic developments by means of an interdisciplinary approach, to work out solutions and to implement them through suitable management instruments.

Each academic year, up to ten students of KIT and UdeC can register for the German-Chilean master’s degree program. The program’s structure which provides for a close interlinking with the other master’s degree programs of IfR is a key factor encouraging students to form international networks and to sharpen their own cultural sensibility.

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Master of Science, M. Sc. in Regional Science
Magíster en Ciencias Regionales

Scheduled time frame
4 terms (2 years)

ECTS points

Start of studies
Winter term
(start of lectures: September)

Application deadline
30. September
For organizational reasons we strongly recommend you to apply by July 15th.
(visa application, apartment search, start of studies in Chile: September, …)

German & Spanish

UdeC, Concepción/Chile (1st. and 4th. semester)
KIT, Karlsruhe/Germany (2nd. and 3rd. semester)
Field research in Latin America over a period of several weeks during second year of study.


Candidates submit their application via the KIT applicant portal. The KIT International Student Office provides information on application documents and admission requirements. The KIT Studierendenservice provides information for German candidates with an international degree.

Studies start in winter term annually (01 October).
Application deadline: 30 September annually
For organizational reasons (via request, apartment search, etc.) we strongly recommend candidates to apply no later than 15 July. Candidates who send their application by 15 July can expect to be promptly informed on  their admission.

Contact persons

Please do not hesitate to turn to our contact persons if you have any questions about the German-Chilean double degree program.


Eveline Puchstein


Tel.: +49 721 608 42365

E-Mail: bewerbung∂ifr kit edu

Portraitfoto der Mitarbeiterin Maria-Dorothea Wolf

Maria-Dorothea Wolf

Contact person for the contents of the German-Chilean double master’s degree program


Room: 303

Phone: +49 721 608 42384

Fax: +49 721 608 42888

Email: d wolf∂kit edu

Studying in Chile

The first term of the German-Chilean Master’s degree program starts in September in Chile, we recommend you to settle all organizational aspects early. The following links provide useful information on living and studying in Chile and on our partner university Universidad de Concepción (UdeC).