Hochschule KarlsruheHochschule Karlsruhe - University of Applied Sciences
Hochschule KarlsruheHochschule Karlsruhe - University of Applied Sciences
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Tricontinental Master in Global Studies


Study on three continents

You would like to study internationally and preferably in English? You would like to work in an international company, in a non-governmental or a non-profit organization? As a manager or as a project leader, you are expected to have comprehensive knowledge of global economic contexts, intercultural competence and experience abroad. The Tricontinental Master in Global Studies (TRIM) provides you with all this within four semesters and optimally prepares you for your career in an international environment.

This program has for its distinctive feature the batch of international students who change locations as a group for every semester. The first semester is spent in Karlsruhe, the second in Taichung/Taiwan and the third in Monterrey/Mexico. In the fourth semester, the master's thesis is written, preferably in cooperation with an internationally active company or organization. For this, students are free to choose their location.

You will not only gain experience abroad but also gain a high level of intercultural competence, as you will continuously study together with your fellow students from Taiwan and Mexico (and possibly other nationalities). Common language, also for instruction, will be English.

This interdisciplinary and practice-oriented program is aimed at graduates who gained their first university degree in business studies and who are interested in international and intercultural issues. Business administration and economics as well as aspects of legal science, cultural science and political science are combined with extensive methodological knowledge.

The Tricontinental Master in Global Studies program is regularly ranked successfully in the CHE ranking .

Study locations / partner universities

TRIM is a cooperation project of the participating universities

Each institution/university offers up to eight study places, so you can study very individually in a select group of max. 24 students.


Faculty Office
Claudia Appelius

Phone: +49 (0)721 925-1946
Fax: +49 (0)721 925-1947
claudia.appeliusspam prevention@h-ka.de

Office hours:
Mon. - Fri.
9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Building K, room 103B
Moltkestraße 30
76133 Karlsruhe

At a glance

Qualification awarded Master of Science (M. Sc.)
Application deadline 15.06.
Start of program Winter semester
ECTS credit points 120 in total
Standard period of study 4 semesters
Admission prerequisites Pre-study work experience is not required
Semester abroad Das erste Semester wird in Karlsruhe, das zweite in Taichung/Taiwan und das dritte in Monterrey/Mexiko absolviert. Im vierten Semester wird die Master-Thesis angefertigt, hierbei können die Studierenden ihren Standort frei wählen.
Accreditation Yes (certificate)

Who is the program aimed at?

We are looking for applicants with a first degree in economics who are interested in international and intercultural issues. The study program will qualify you for a management position in international companies or organizations as well as, if you are interested, for a doctorate.

What does the TRIM program demand from you?

Future students are expected to be highly self-motivated, interested in and open to foreign cultures, able to work under pressure, and flexible.

You should have:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of business, economics, and management
  • An interest in international and intercultural issues as well as openness towards other cultures
  • A team-oriented and hands-on approach to work
  • Very good English language proficiency

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