I'm so glad there's at least one University where international and intercultural exchanges are so commonplace.
The International Office
I'm so glad there's at least one University where international and intercultural exchanges are so commonplace. With so many international students, visiting lecturers and professors, the International Office has an important role to play, because it handles all the organization and coordination of international relations.
Primarily and most importantly, the International Office is the point of contact for all "exchange students" including all exchange students and visiting students from abroad as well as "outgoing students" which are all Karlshochschule students that are studying for a semester at one of the partner universities.
For outgoing students, it offers advice on choosing the right university, assists in selecting the right subjects, and keeps in touch when they're abroad. For incoming students, the office helps with applications, organizes intensive language courses, and arranges intercultural days. This allows students to feel at home in Karlsruhe as a visitor and to represent their culture and university back home.
The International Office offers assistance to professors, lecturers, and staff as well. It also encourages and expands the international network of the Karlshochschule, either by establishing new contacts with potential partner universities, or regularly taking part in international conferences. The best thing for me to do right now, is probably to get to know the campus of Karlshochschule and the faces of the staff in the Office.
Good to know,...
that more than 90% of my fellow outgoing students and more than 92% of my fellow incoming students at Karlshochschule are satisfied or very satisfied with their own semester abroad experience (see ERASMUS + Final Report Project 2019). The strengthening of my intercultural competence, the enriching exchange with students from abroad and on campus, as well as the intensive support by the International Office provide an ideal preparation for my stay abroad. The possibility to receive one of the numerous scholarships creates ways for me to make the experience abroad a unique and unforgettable experience.
At the same time, I am happy that more than 100% of the incoming students at the Karlshochschule are satisfied or very satisfied with the academic and administrative support (see ERASMUS + Final Report Project 2019). I will make a positive contribution to this so that the welcoming culture at the Karlshochschule continues to be exemplary and makes a difference.
The International Office looks after about 40 (SS) - 80 (WS) Outgoings and about 40 - 60 Incomings each semester. Through ERASMUS + alone, around € 170,000 in funding is available exclusively for semester abroad and internships for the project period from 2021 to 2022/23. In relation to the number of enrolled students, Karlshochschule is number 1 out of all 424 universities and universities of applied science in Germany when it comes to ERASMUS+ funded study/internship abroad mobilities (statistics winter semester 2018/2019, DAAD ERASMUS+ annual report 2020, p. 111). Students at the Karlshochschule can also use one of the approx. 300 tuition-waved places at partner universities (Bilateral Agreements, per year).