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International Program

Profile Summer semester Winter semester Application & admission

For further information regarding  the application and admission process as an exchange student, please click here

Application and course choice

How can I apply?

Please contact Ms Lea Scholz from the International Office for further information. There you can also find the online application platform. 

What can I study as an exchange student and where can I find more information on the courses?

All courses offered in the International Program, e.g. the schedule, room numbers, course description, credit points etc. can be found on our websites courses in Winter Semester and Courses in Summer Semester.

If the course catalogue is not yet available at the time when the learning agreement is required by your home university, we advise you to choose courses from the course catalogue of the previous semester or the previous year.

Are the lectures in English?

The language of instruction in all International Program courses is English.

Course choice/schedule

At German universities students are generally expected to be fully in charge of their studies. Thus, each student has to create his or her own program of courses individually. In case you need assistance in developing your schedule, please contact us. Check if the course requires previous knowledge, study level, etc. Please note that many courses have limited places for students and the course registration works on a "first come, first served"- basis.

Please be aware that very often schedules are announced just before the actual start of the semester. This might lead to time conflicts and means that you have to change your Learning Agreement after your arrival in Karlsruhe. Please see “How do I change my Learning Agreement” (see below). 

Are language courses offered to international students?

Yes, the Foreign Language Institute (Institut für Fremdsprachen IFS) coordinates the foreign language program at the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences. Courses in a variety of languages are offered both during the semester and as two-week intensive courses during the lecture-free period.
All exchange students are given the opportunity to participate in German language courses (beginner – advanced, A1 – C1) during the semester. A placement test at the beginning of the semester is compulsory.
We highly recommend the course Germany Today (2 ECTS) in English, which is offered in cooperation with the Pädagogische Hochschule Karlsruhe. It introduces international students to topics related to Germany. Registration in advance is required. Here  you can find further information. For more information please contact Ms. Beate Koura , Building F, Room F 308

How many courses should I take?

You should always discuss the requirements with your coordinator at your home university. HKA does not require exchange students to obtain a certain number of credits. Credits are equivalent to ECTS credits (European Credit Transfer System). 60 ECTS credits equal a full year's work load and 30 ECTS equal one semester. However, in practice many exchange students accumulate fewer credits.

How do I change my learning agreement?

If courses are not offered, do clash with other courses or you are not eligible for admission, you will get the opportunity to choose new courses after your arrival. This is also applicable, if you change your mind about the courses you would like to take.

Here you can find more information regarding internships and jobs etc. 

More advice and support can be found on the pages of the International Office. 


Center of Competence
International Program/ Course Coordinator and Advisor
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

Open consultation hour

Every Thursday 09.30 - 11.30 a.m. ... just click  here  to have a chat! 

After application