Students at the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences have the option to pursue an internationally-oriented degree called "Bachelor International" as part of their undergraduate studies. Upon completion of their studies, they would receive a degree such as "Maschinenbau - International", for example. Faculty members have the opportunity to internationalize their courses by offering COIL - Collaborative Online International Learning - with foreign partner universities. The implementation of this international study option is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research within the project "BA.International@HKA".
Bachelor International for Students
As a student, you can choose to pursue a "Bachelor International"-degree during your studies, thereby internationalizing your education. If you decide to pursue a Bachelor International degree, you will complete an additional semester (eight semesters instead of seven) and earn a total of 30 additional credit points (for a total of 240 credit points).
Within the eight semesters, you will need to fulfill certain additional requirements to obtain the international degree. These requirements include:
- Completing at least two international semesters (study abroad or international internships). It is also possible to spend one semester abroad (either for an internship or study) and one semester at the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences by taking international courses to "internationalize" your studies.
- Successfully participating in the Intercultural Competence course.
- Engaging in the Buddy-Program for foreign students.
- Demonstrating advanced proficiency in two modern foreign languages.
- Earning 24 credits at foreign universities or in international modules at the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences.
Since the regular subject-specific study requirements are designed to be completed in seven semesters, the additional semester provides you with additional flexibility in designing your course of study. For example, you can take courses from related or completely different disciplines, promoting interdisciplinary education, holistic thinking, and personal development. Additional information about the Bachelor International can be found on ILIAS in the course "Informationen für Studierende zur Studienvariante Bachelor International" (in German).
You can decide to pursue the "Bachelor International"-degree at any point during your studies. There is no separate application or enrollment required. If you are registered in the ILIAS course "Informationen für Studierende zur Studienvariante Bachelor International" you will receive regular information about deadlines, support services, and networking meetings. If desired, we can provide continuous guidance, in cooperation with all relevant institutions, regarding the individual design of your "Bachelor International"-degree and the recognition of credentials.
At the moment, students from the following courses may opt to seek a "Bachelor International"-degree:
- Data Science
- Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
- Elektro- und Informationstechnik
- Geodäsie und Navigation
- Green Technology Management
- Internationales IT Business
- Kommunikation und Medienmanagement
- Künstliche Intelligenz in den Ingenieurwissenschaften
- Umwelt- und Geoinformationsmanagement
- Umweltingenieurwesen (Bau)
Students who successfully complete the "Bachelor International" program will automatically receive the Certificate of International and Intercultural Competence (CIIC) as proof of their international and intercultural skills. The CIIC can also be obtained by students in the master's program or independently of the "Bachelor International". Detailed information about the CIIC can be found here. For further questions, please contact the Certificate Coordinator, Rebeca Schröder Crespillo, directly.
Bachelor International for Faculty
If you are a faculty member and would like to offer courses in cooperation with foreign partners as part of the "Bachelor International"-program, Moritz Brüstle is available to support you in the didactic conception and practical implementation. Under the framework of Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL), there are various opportunities for internationalization@home. Further information and existing inquiries from foreign partner universities can be found here. In addition to internationalizing your courses, we also appreciate if you inform your students about the "Bachelor International" study option.