In order to make it easier for its students to go abroad, the HKA is currently preparing the introduction of an international study option for all 6- and 7-semester bachelor's programs as part of the "BA.International@HKA" project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
In the new BA.International study option, the duration of studies will be extended by one regular semester (30 credit points (CP)) and thus to a total of eight semesters (240 CP).
Two "international" semesters will be part of this program: one study semester and/or one internship semester abroad in addition to a semester with study credits at a foreign university, or via "virtual/blended mobility", i.e. through (partially) digitalized courses with an international orientation. Since the workload of the “normal" degree program can generally be completed in seven semesters, interdisciplinary lectures can be attended during the additional international semester. As such, especially during your semester abroad, you will be able to take courses that are not directly related to your subject or that focus on aspects that may not be entirely covered at HKA.
As part of the coursework required for the "international" degree pathway you need to successfully participate in the International Competence module (6 CP), which consists of a seminar-style course on intercultural competence prior to the semester abroad and active mentoring for visiting students subsequently to the semester abroad.
Another component of this study option are advanced foreign language skills in two foreign languages, which need to be demonstrated by the time of graduation. One of these languages have to be English. You can also use your semester abroad to become proficient in a foreign language, which should of course be easier in an appropriate linguistic and cultural environment than at home.
The BA.International option will also include acquiring the new Certificate of International and Intercultural Competence (CIIC), with which you can prove your international and intercultural competence.
Successful completion of this new international study option is to be indicated on the degree certificate by adding "International" after the degree title. For example, you will earn a degree in "Mechanical Engineering International" or "Business Information Systems International". This study variant is scheduled to start in the winter semester of 2022/2023, and you will be able to apply for it after your third semester.