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Certificate of International and Intercultural Competence (CIIC)


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The daily study and work routine is increasingly determined by intercultural encounters, not least because of globalization. Over the past years, diversity has been identified as an important resource – thus intercultural as well as international competences are becoming more and more important in the workplace and in everyday life.

The Certificate of International and Intercultural Competence (CIIC) was developed in order to acknowledge the international and intercultural profile of the students and it intends to accredit these competencies – e.g. for job applications. The CIIC is an extracurricular certificate that can be acquired by students at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences (HKA). It is also an integral part of the Bachelor International study program.

The CIIC certifies the intercultural and foreign language skills acquired by students during their period of study. It attests study-related experiences abroad as well as participation in international project collaboration and lists the participants' intercultural involvement.

In addition, the CIIC offers students interested in intercultural communication the opportunity to network and exchange ideas at peer events. Expanding the range of courses in the field of interculturality is also a major goal of the Certificate of International and Intercultural Competence. The CIIC draws attention to international and intercultural events on campus and in Karlsruhe and creates a network between HKA and international/intercultural institutions and companies.


Center of Competence
Coordinator of the “Certificate of International and Intercultural Competence” (CIIC)
Rebeca Schröder Crespillo
Natascha Godl

Phone: +49 (0)721 925-2509
Fax: +49 (0)721 925-2530
ciicspam prevention@h-ka.de

Office hours:
On Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays by appointment

Bldg F, Room 009
Moltkestraße 30
76133 Karlsruhe

You would like to acquire the CIIC? Register now!


The Certificate of International and Intercultural Competence consists of four electives. The completion of three electives is necessary in order to acquire the CIIC. It is therefore possible to gain international and intercultural experience without a stay abroad and to obtain the certificate combining the electives 1+3+4. The certificate coordinator can inform you which achievements, activities and courses can be taken into account for the electives. In addition to the electives, participants must complete the course "Intercultural Competence" from elective 4 (worth 3 Credit Points).

News & Dates

HKA Community Events Winter Semester 2023/2024

  • Tuesday, 12.09.2023: Picnic in the palace gardens
  • Friday, 15.09.2023: Explore Karlsruhe’s museums for free
  • Saturday, 16.09.2023: Get to know the region - City trip to Speyer
  • Tuesday, 19.09.2023: Pub Crawl
  • Tuesday, 26.09.2023: Canstatter Wasen (registration required)
  • October/November 2023: Virtual intercultural simulation game "Megacities"
  • Saturday, 14.10.2023: Fun Forest Kandel (registration required)
  • End of October/early November: EnRoads Workshop/GreenLab (registration required)
  • Thursday, 23.11.2023: City trip to Strasbourg & the European Parliament (registration required)
  • Friday, 08.12.2023: Christmas Get-Together (registration required)
  • Monday, 08.01.2024: Game Night + Pizza (registration required)

Virtual intercultural simulation game "Megacities"

A wealthy senior citizen wants to give away his property in the middle of three neighboring cities. His condition: The three cities with different interests should share the land to create one or more joint projects. Are you up for the challenge? Then take part in this special simulation game and work out a solution together with other players. Experience virtual cooperation that will put your intercultural and communication skills to the test. No prior knowledge is required. You will receive 2-3 credits for successful participation.


  • Friday, 10/13/2023, 2:00-5:00 pm
  • Friday, 10/20/2023, 2:00-5:00 pm
  • Friday, 10/27/2023, 2:00-5:00 pm
  • Friday, 11/10/2023, 2:00-5:00 pm
  • Friday, 11/17/2023, 2:00-5:00 pm
  • Friday, 11/24/2023, 2:00-5:00 pm

Registration takes places on LSF.

CIIC dates in the winter semester 2023

  • The Introductory Session "Impulses for Involvement and Voluntary Work" will be held online this semester on Wednesday, October 18th, 2023 11:30 – 14:00. In order to receive the link to the online event, please register for the event informally by emailing the certificate assistant.
  • The Reflection Workshop "Voluntary work - Is it valuable?" will take place on Friday January 12th, 2023 14:00 – 18:30 . Please register informally for the workshop by emailing the certificate coordinator.

Course "Intercultural Competence" in winter semester 2023/2024

The block courses on Intercultural Competence will take place in the winter semester 2023/2024 on the following dates:

  • 1. Session: Friday, October 6th 2023, 14:00-17:30
  • 2. Session: Friday, November 3rd 2023, 14:00-17:30 
  • 3. Session: Saturday, November 18th 2023, 09:00-17:30
  • 4. Session: Saturday, December 2nd 2023, 09:00-17:30

The course is mandatory for CIIC participants as well as students of the BA.International study program. The registration takes place on LSF

CIIC Newsletter

Would you like to find out what opportunities there are for intercultural involvement in Karlsruhe and the surrounding area? Are you interested in getting to know other CIIC participants? Would you like to participate in events on intercultural topics?

The CIIC newsletter informs you about international and intercultural events on campus and beyond every eight weeks. Become part of the CIIC community!

Sign up for the newsletter (in German)

CIIC Events

Visiting a KSC football game 
Photo: Wang Yu-Wei

Field trip to Strasbourg
Photo: Rebeca Schröder Crespillo

Field trip to Strasbourg
Photo: Rebeca Schröder Crespillo

CIIC Annual Celebration
Photo: Robert Fuge

Field trip to the Black Forest
Photo: Rebeca Schröder Crespillo

Field trip to the Black Forest
Photo: Rebeca Schröder Crespillo

Field trip to Heidelberg
Photo: Rebeca Schröder Crespillo

International Spring Event 2022
Photo: Robert Fuge

International Spring Event 2022
Photo: Robert Fuge

International Spring Event 2022
Photo: Robert Fuge

International Christmas Event 2021

International Christmas Event 2021

International Christmas Event 2021

International Christmas Event 2021


Do I have to complete all of the CIIC requirements within one semester?

No. You have time to complete the required modules until the end of your studies at HKA. Please submit all required documents to the certificate coordinator no later than four weeks prior to exmatriculation.

I have already completed academic training and/or have been involved in an intercultural project that meets the requirements for the CIIC electives prior to registration. Will these efforts be considered for the certificate?

The CIIC certifies all achievements earned during the course of study – provided they can be accredited as part of the electives. This means that involvements, stays abroad or confirmations of participation can also be recognized retroactively.

I cannot complete a stay abroad. Can I still obtain the CIIC?

The CIIC can also be acquired without a stay abroad, as only three of four electives need to be completed. The combination of TB 1+3+4 offers the possibility to gain international and intercultural experience even without a stay abroad. There is furthermore the option of virtual mobility which also does not require travel abroad.

The foreign language I would like to learn is not offered at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences.

Language courses from other institutions can be also recognized for the CIIC.

How do I know if my involvement can be recognized for the CIIC?

The elective on “Intercultural Involvement” in particular is highly individualized. The decisive factors for recognition are the amount of hours of involvement as well as the activities themselves. If you have any questions, please contact the certificate coordinator.

What happens if a course that I have passed has already been accredited for my studies/another certificate?

As long as the course meets the elective's requirements, it can be taken into account for the CIIC even if it has already been accredited in another context.

Can I take the course on intercultural competence without participating in the CIIC?

Participation is possible if places are available and not taken up by CIIC participants. Please check with the certificate coordinator whether you can join the chosen course.

Can I get credit for (external) online courses?

Due to the pandemic, many events are currently offered online and are therefore available to an expanded audience. If you (want to) participate in courses that are offered externally and which fit into the CIIC thematically, the accrediting is generally possible.

Can a long vacation which I have taken during my studies be accredited as a stay abroad?

Vacation trips are not qualified stays abroad and are therefore not recognized for the CIIC.

Can the electives be completed exclusively online?

Ideally, students should participate in face-to-face courses (especially for the elective “Intercultural Involvement”). However, some elective components can be completed exclusively in virtual or in hybrid form. We reserve the right to make changes concerning the recognition of credits due to the pandemic. Please contact the certificate coordinator in case you have a particular question.

Elective 1 Elective 2 Elective 3 Elective 4