Hochschule Karlsruhe Hochschule Karlsruhe - University of Applied Sciences
Hochschule Karlsruhe Hochschule Karlsruhe - University of Applied Sciences
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Getting started

Organizational matters

Enrolling at HKA

For those applicants who have been admitted to study at HKA, the first thing to do is to enroll (register as a student). Under the following link you will find out how to do this, and useful information to keep in mind in the process.

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Student ID card

Our student ID is called CampusCard. It is a multifunctional student ID card to be used as semester ticket, as library card, and for paying at the student canteen after loading it with credit.

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Login data

In order to study at HKA you will need access to the university network. In a simple step-by-step guide, we will show you how to obtain the access data.

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Preparatory courses

Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences (HKA) offers individual preparatory and foundation courses for all first-year students (to bachelor’s programs) which take place before the start of lectures proper. The courses offered are tailored to the needs of students-to-be and help them to brush up their school knowledge and to remedy gaps.

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Introduction to study

To help you get off to a good start, here is a list of the introductory events for bachelor's and master's students:

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Introduction to the IT services

The HKA IT Services present themselves and offer introductory sessions to demonstrate structure and use of the HKA computer networks, essential  IT services and additional IT services on September 25 and 26, 2023. Students will be organized into groups according to their Faculty.

Fresher's Welcome

The President's Office and the Allgemeine Studierendenausschuss (Student Union, AStA) invite all first-year students to a Welcome meeting on Tuesday September 26, 2023 at 11:30.

Introduction to the Academic Library

All first-year students are cordially invited to courses to familiarize themselves with the library.

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Successful Start

Under the “Erfolgreich Starten” (successful start) program, Bachelor students can choose from three levels the entry most suitable for them at the beginning of their studies. These levels allow an individual study speed from the direct start of studies to the split first semester.

Apps & IT


The HKA-APP puts a lot of helpful information for your studies on your smartphone: Campus map, workstations, menu at the student canteen, news from the Faculties and central facilities of the University, keeping up-to-date with your individual mark sheet and timetable. You might find particularly useful the "Ersti-Hilfe-Koffer" (freshers’ aid tool) with the most frequently asked questions and answers concerning the start of studies.

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Central services

ILIAS is the central learning platform of Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences. Here you will find a variety of opportunities for learning and exchange.

Learning platform ILIAS

On the IT Services’ pages you will also find an overview of all the services and software licenses at the disposal of HKA students.
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Learning spaces APP

By means of the Lernraum-APP LeiKA, you can view the available learning spaces all around Karlsruhe. This web APP allows you to quickly and easily find learning spaces in Karlsruhe's major libraries. You can structure your search as to criteria such as opening hours, equipment, location, or rules on site. For most learning spaces, the number of currently available spaces and booking options are also displayed. Note: The WebApp can be installed as a pseudo-APP on Android devices. To do so, call up the above address in your Chrome browser and tap on the "Install" icon to the right in the address bar.

Learning spaces app LeiKA

Mentoring at HKA

Are you new to the HKA and have questions about studying, learning, exams, the study location, or the University? Then the mentoring program will help you to settle in well at the University and in your study program!

Information for international students

Do I actually need a visa to study in Germany? What about the health insurance? And how do I get to Karlsruhe in the first place? Answers to these and other questions can be found here.