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Hochschule KarlsruheHochschule Karlsruhe - University of Applied Sciences

International Program


The International Program is designed to meet the needs and interests of international exchange students and is held entirely in English. It allows for great flexibility in the selection of individual courses, giving you the opportunity to acquire the number of ECTS credit points required by your home university.

Course information

  • Our courses are distributed across each semester. Course registration is open from 1st March (summer semester) or 1st September   
    (winter semester)
  • Course registration via LSF https://www.h-ka.de/intern/ (for a more detailed explanation, please check here and read "How do I sign up for courses?")
  • Participation is free of charge. 
  • Allocation of places: 50% of places in courses in English with the course code S (e.g. S 9147) are given to international exchange students. The rest of the places are allocated according to the rules of the Studium Generale courses.
  • Seminars with course code IP (e.g. IP 905): These courses are designed to the needs of international exchange students and places are allocated to them as a priority. However, courses are not always fully booked and regular students can apply for places.

Further information:

  • Anyone who is enrolled at the HKA can participate.
  • There are seminars with grades and seminars without grades, i.e. "pass" (BE) or "fail" (NB).
  • The exam performance can only be recognized after complete participation in the seminar, but at least 80% of the time.
  • The exam will be taken at the end of the seminar or a few days after the seminar and usually does not fall within the official examination period.
  • Exam performances are also required if there is no grade for seminars, but the participation is assessed with a "pass" (BE) or "fail" (NB). For more detailed information on exam performance and grading, please refer to the seminar descriptions.
  • It is not possible to receive a grade in seminars without a grade. 
  • You can register for the seminar on the LSF server (https://www.h-ka.de/intern/ ). Your registration is binding! Cancellation in the LSF-Server is possible until one week before the beginning of the seminar. In case of unexcused non-attendance, you will be blocked from attending Studium Generale courses.
  • After admission you have to register separately for the exam in "Online-Services:Studierende":  (https://www.h-ka.de/intern/ ) .
  • Seminars can also be cancelled at short notice if there are cancellations, e.g. if the minimum number of participants is not reached.
Menschen sitzen und stehen vor einem Eingang.

Faculty courses

  • lectures from our regular degree program
  • 2-4 hours/week throughout the semester
  • mostly held by professors of the university 
  • lectures and seminars with your German fellow students enables interaction in an international environment
Zwei gezeichnete Köpfe stehen sich gegenüber.

Interdisciplinary courses

  • unique to this program 
  • weekly throughout the semester or intensive seminars lasting from three to five days
  • will help you to become easily acquainted with your new study environment
  • courses provide additional skills and competences that are fundamental in a global world of business and trade
  • visiting lecturers for these seminars 


German language courses

As an International program student you are also encouraged to attend German language classes.
For further information, please visit the Foreign Language Institute

Certificates available in the International Program

Within the International Program, you have the possibility to apply for the following three different types of certificates.
An application requires the completion of at least four courses  (e.g. four courses in the list of the business certificate) listed below.

International Business Certificate

  • S 9146/S 9147 - Design Thinking (2 ECTS)
  • IP 211 - Digital Marketing Strategy (2.5 ECTS), formerly "Digital Content Management" (IP 210)
  • IP 205 - Global Economy (2 ECTS)
  • IP 905 - Global Financial Markets (4 ECTS)
  • S 9910 - Intercultural Management Communication (2 ECTS)
  • S 9143/S 9141 - Innovation Management for Technical Products (2 ECTS)
  • S 9916 - International Financial Markets (2 ECTS)
  • S 9915 - International Marketing (2 ECTS)
  • S 9908 -International Project Management (2 ECTS)
  • S 9909 - International Project Management (2 ECTS)
  • IP 208 - Introduction to Project Management (2 ECTS)
  • S 9926 - Strategic International Human Resource Management (2 ECTS)
  • IP 907/IP 908 - Strategic Management (2 ECTS)
  • S 9957/S 9950 - Supply Chain Management (2 ECTS)

Courses no longer on offer, but still valid for the certificate:

  • IP 206 - Introduction to Economics: Microeconomics (2 ECTS) 
  • S 9917- International Project Management (2 ECTS)
  • S 9914 - International Economics (2 ECTS) 
  • IP 909 - Supply Chain Management (2 ECTS) 

Apply for certificate here

International Engineering Certificate

  • IP 408 - Digital Failure Diagnosis (2 ECTS)
  • IP 413 - Electric Power Systems (2 ECTS)
  • IP 414 - Energy Storage Lab (2 ECTS)
  • IP 406 - Geothermal Heat and Power Production (2 ECTS)
  • IP 301 - Introduction to Machine Learning (2 ECTS)
  • IP 302 - Machine Learning in Python (2 ECTS)
  • IP 423 - Reliability Engineering - Compact (3 ECTS) 
  • IP 420 - Renewable Energy (2 ECTS)
  • IP 409 - Renewable Energy Storage (2 ECTS)
  • IP 415 - Sensors (2 ECTS)
  • IP 424 - Virtual Reality for Industrial Application (3 ECTS)

Courses no longer on offer, but still valid for the certificate:

  • IP 402 - Reliability Engineering – Basic Concepts (4 ECTS)
  • IP 407 - Reliability Engineering – Advanced Concepts (2 ECTS) 
  • IP 422 - Virtual Reality for Industrial Application (2 ECTS)  
  • IP 411 - Embedded Systems for Engineering Applications (2 ECTS)

Apply for certificate here

International Certificate in Personal Development

  • IP 902 - Accessing the German Labor Market (2 ECTS)
  • S 0329 - Future Leadership 4.0 (2 ECTS)
  • S 0327 - Get ready for the Job – Working with Global Players (2 ECTS)
  • S 9928 - Personal Development and Career Design (2 ECTS)
  • S 9956 - Presentation Techniques (2 ECTS)
  • S 0328 - Time matters – how to effectively manage your time… and yourself (2 ECTS)

Apply for certificate here! 

Here you can find more information regarding internships and jobs. 


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

Frau sitzt Mann gegenüber und zeigt auf ein Blatt Papier.

Open consultation hour

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

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