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Your commitment makes a difference!

Volunteering is highly regarded in Germany. But what does "voluntary" mean?  First of all, that you don't get paid for your work. Doesn't sound so good, but there are other forms of reward that are especially important for international students: If you help other people, you also learn a lot yourself: linguistically, how Germany "ticks," how people work together in a team. This leads to new acquaintances, perhaps even friendships. Many companies pay attention to whether the applicant shows social commitment when they award a job. And last but not least, it feels good to help others.

Advice and support in the search for volunteer work:

cordelia.makartsevspam prevention@h-ka.de

Joining forces for HKA

Would you like to represent student interests, organize events and parties together, get to know people and have a lot of fun in the process? Then get involved at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences! There are many opportunities to do so: Whether as a member of the AStA (Student Union), in your faculty-level student council (Fachschaft) or in one of the university clubs.

The AStA

The AStA (Student Union) represents the interests of students across all faculties. The basis of the AStA is the voluntary commitment of students who stand up for their fellow students. University politics as well as the contact between the faculty-level student councils and the central student union are part of the AStA's area of responsibility. The AStA offers hardship counseling, organizes parties and movies and advises on other topics such as BAFöG or housing.

AStA website


The faculty-level student councils

The Fachschaften are the student representatives at faculty level. They represent the interests of the students and work to continuously improve the general study conditions. The student councils also organize events and festivities (e.g. O-Phase, barbecues) and provide students with advice on questions and problems related to their studies.

Overview and contact data of the Fachschaften

aim e.V.

As a team of dedicated students of the W Faculty, aim regularly organizes events and projects for the students of the Faculty of Management Science and Engineering at HKA. Both career events and excursions are organized. In addition, aim plans various festivities and parties.

Aim organizes stays abroad during the studies (internship and semester abroad), arranges contacts to companies, and answers questions regarding applications abroad.


Seint e.V.

Seint is a student initiative of the Faculty of Management Science and Engineering.  The aim of the association is to prepare students for their professional life. For this reason, Seint organizes various events aimed at establishing contacts between students and companies.


  • Company contact fair KONTAKTA
  • Hummer Cum Laude
  • Wine seminar
  • Excel courses, PowerPoint courses, tax return courses



You would like to bring scientific topics closer to high school students in vivid experiments? As an elective subject within your studies, you can participate in the inter-faculty course InspirING.


Student projects

There are great projects here where students from different faculties expand their expertise and have a lot of fun in the process:

ecosail Karlsruhe

The ecosail Karlsruhe team builds their own designed sailboat as part of the "1001 VELACup" design and sailing competition.

Subjects of study: Various



[Translate to English:] Studierende arbeiten an einem alternativem Fahrzeug

High Efficiency Karlsruhe

A team of students from the Automotive Technology, Mechanical Engineering, and Mechatronics degree programs taking part in the "Shell Eco-Marathon" competition as part of their project work. The aim of this competition is to design a vehicle that can travel the greatest possible distance on one liter of fuel.

Project Website

High Speed Karlsruhe

In the university's largest student project, 40-50 team members build their own racing car as part of the "Formula Student" design competition.

High Speed Karlsruhe

IoTech Cafe

IoTech Café

The "makerspace" for students to chill, think, and be active.

Das IoTech Café

Mechatronics Competition Team

A team of students from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics is preparing for robotics competitions.

University groups in Karlsruhe – getting things moving together

As a student, you have the opportunity to become a member of one of the numerous university groups in Karlsruhe. University groups are student groups that work on a voluntary basis. This is a great opportunity to get things moving together and to make new contacts. The university groups in Karlsruhe are active in a wide variety of areas.

An overview of all registered university groups in Karlsruhe is provided by the AStA of KIT on its website. Just have a look!


[Translate to English:] Gruppe junger Menschen jubelt


AIESEC arranges and organizes social work as well as company internships abroad. As a volunteer member of AIESEC, you can help young people realize their dream of spending time abroad. You can get involved in different areas of the organization. In this way, you will get to know the structure of an international company already as a student and gain valuable practical experience for your future professional life.

Here you can find a report of a member of the university group AIESEC.

[Translate to English:] Zwei junge Menschen beim Bau einer Schule

Engineers without Borders

The university group Engineers Without Borders (EWB) supports people in economically, socially, or politically disadvantaged regions by implementing engineering projects. Since 2004, the Karlsruhe university group has been planning water and energy supply systems, shelters, educational facilities, and bridges. In the process, relationships are formed that are characterized by intercultural exchange and cooperation between equals.

Amnesty International

Together as a team, you organize and plan info events and public actions to draw attention to human rights violations. For more information, it is worth visiting the website of the university group.

Mitglieder von Enactus freuen sich zusammen


Over 80 students from all degree programs are already involved in various projects around the globe. enactus addresses existing problems worldwide through entrepreneurial approaches. Together, social innovations are developed to support the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.

Mitglieder von ROCK YOUR LIFE!


You want to stand up for equal opportunities and educational justice? Then ROCK YOUR LIFE! is the right place for you. We build mentoring relationships between disadvantaged seventh and eighth grade students. Become a mentor yourself and/or be part of the organizing team and support the mentoring pairs. Find more information on our homepage www.karlsruhe.rockyourlife.de. We are looking forward to meeting you!

Students for Future

The student group Students for Future Karlsruhe engages in topics such as climate protection and climate change and would like to bring these topics closer to the students in Karlsruhe. Students for Future for example organises the “Public Climate School” every term, where various events around the topic of climate take place.

Join in! The volunteering agency in Karlsruhe

Whether it is accompanying and caring for children and senior citizens, joint leisure activities with disabled people, teaching German to migrants, working in museums, libraries or in hospitals – here you will find a wide range of opportunities to get involved.

Projects for sustainability and the environment

ReparaturCafé Karlsruhe

In the ReparaturCafé Karlsruhe objects of all kinds are repaired together. Technically inexperienced helpers are also welcome here. With expert support, you learn how to repair things yourself. And the best thing is: you make a valuable contribution to environmental protection! In addition to actually repairing things, you can also offer your assistance in other areas – at the reception, in the café, or in public relations.

Anti-consumerist city tours

KonsumGlobal Karlsruhe is a team of young, committed people from Karlsruhe who conduct city tours on the topics of "sustainable consumption", "globalization" and ,"climate change". Together, they look for alternatives to make our way of life more sustainable.

Urban Gardening

The term Urban Gardening describes a trend that is becoming increasingly popular in cities. People get together in community gardens, work, plant, harvest, and enjoy being together in a group. The Urban Gardening project in Karlsruhe is accompanied and coordinated by the BUZO citizens' initiative.

Make a difference for children and teenagers!

Siebenstein children's project

The Kinderprojekt Siebenstein supports socially disadvantaged children in Karlsruhe's Südstadt district by providing tutoring and homework support. The children's café is open and offers space to play and a hot dinner. Advice is also given to the children's parents. Project Siebenstein is looking for committed helpers who enjoy working with children and are open to different cultures. Cooperation is possible in the following areas:

  • Tutoring
  • Helping with homework
  • Helping out in the children's café
  • Helping outin the active leisure time care
  • Helping out in the kitchen
Active for kids from Burundi

The association burundikids e.V. works for a future worth living for children in Burundi. The local working group burundikids Karlsruhe, which includes pupils, students and professionals, supports the association with public relations, partnerships and events.

Luise hilft! – extra tuition

The educational program "Luise hilft!" at the Evangelisches Jugendwerk Karlsruhe is aimed at school students with Karlsruhe's Kinderpass who would like to improve their school performance through low-cost tutoring. In order to help children and young people with learning difficulties, "Luise hilft!" is looking for students and volunteers aged 16 and over who would like to support the team. Prerequisites for working with the team are participation in a basic training course and an extended certificate of good conduct. In return, "Luise hilft!" offers pedagogical support, an expense allowance of up to 10€/h and a certificate for your resume.

Scheff project

SCHEFF stands for school-supplementary support for refugees and migrants. The aim of the project is to support refugees on their way to their apprenticeship. The focus is on language acquisition, math support and career orientation. The school-accompanying support takes place in small groups.

jfbw Teamers

The Jugendfreizeit- und Bildungswerk (jfbw) organizes vacation camps for almost 5,000 children a year. Whether it's a climbing trip, circus visits, or computer courses during the vacations, the jfbw's offerings are diverse and varied.

Committed supervisors, so-called teamers, are always in demand. The teamers are prepared for their tasks in practical seminars. 


Commitment to Society


As a volunteer AWO-“Lotse”, (AWO-guide) you help refugees arrive in Karlsruhe and find their way around. As a “Lotse”, you show them the contact points and rooms in the first admission facility, you explain how the public transportation network works, or what services are available at the human rights center.

German Red Cross in Karlsruhe

At the German Red Cross in Karlsruhe, there are various ways to get involved, including in the first-aid service, by helping out at blood donation appointments, or by caring for the elderly. These are just a few examples of how you can get involved with the Red Cross.

Neighbourhood Help Sonnenblume

The non-profit association Sonnenblume e.V. supports elderly, sick and disabled people in their everyday lives. Volunteers do the shopping, help with cooking and cleaning, assist with small gardening jobs or change a broken light bulb. But simply taking time to talk, play board games or drink coffee together is also support.


Center of Competence
Career Service Internationals
Cordelia Makartsev

Phone: +49 (0)721 925-2505
cordelia.makartsevspam prevention@h-ka.de

Office hours:
Mon, Wed + Fri 9.00 a.m.-12.00 a.m.
+ consultations by appointment

Bldg F, room 009
Moltkestraße 30
76133 Karlsruhe