Celinne de Paula & João Beber

Hi all! My name’s Celinne, and I’m in the International Foundation Year. I’ve always wanted to study abroad, and after my exchange program in Ireland I knew that Europe had my heart. I’ve never really considered studying in Germany as I thought I had to speak German to come here, but then I found out about Karlshochschule, and I immediately got amazed. It’s incredible to study at a university that is so open to new ideas, as a student here you have lots of opportunities to engage with everything, and you feel really empowered. I can learn something about a different culture every single day, and it doesn’t take long to realize that you are part of a big international family. I thought the culture shock would be huge when I first got to Karlsruhe, but people here are very kind and friendly. I’m really glad that I can help new people to come to Karls, you can definitely count on me for anything. Moving to a new country is always hard, but with some help everything gets better. I’m looking forward to meeting you all! 

Hi everyone! My name is João Marcos Beber and I’m one of the Brazilians ambassadors at Karlshochschule. I’m originally from Pomerode, a small city in the south of Brazil. I became a student this year at Karls and I’m doing my foundation year, after that, I will study International Business. I have already been in Germany for two years, in 2015 in a High School exchange program and in 2017 as a volunteer. During these two years I fell in love with Germany, and I was looking forward to being a student here. I found out about Karlshochschule through the AFS Intercultural scholarship. I describe Karlshochschule as an open, dynamic, and intercultural space, where every day I have new ideas, and I also network. It’s a safe space where I can share and talk about my opinions and ideas without being judged. Everyday I’m becoming more and more a global citizen and Karls’ environment is really helping me a lot. The university staff is always very friendly and open to help students in every situation, you really feel like Karls is your home. If you have any question about Karlshochschule or Karlsruhe feel free to contact me at any time and I’m looking forward to seeing you soon at Karlshochschule!

The differences between Brazil and Germany

by João Beber:

How everyone respects traffic lights and signs is something that I noticed right away in my first time in Germany. The pedestrians here wait for the green light even if no car is coming. Another thing is the high quality of the public transport, here you really don´t need to have a car to move around, because you have a high quality and secure public transport and you can easily move by bike, since the cyclists are respected here. I also have observed that Germany is a pet friendly country, it is very normal to see dogs in restaurants, public transport, etc. For me it is fascinating that most of the dogs here don't use dog collars, and are well trained. I couldn’t write this blog post without talking about the German punctuality, and yes, I can confirm it, they are always on time, the opposite happens just if something terrible happens. Finally, the German food: it is very different from the Brazilian cuisine, be prepared to eat a lot of carbs, since bread is one of the main foods here. There're still many differences between the two countries, but speaking from my personal experience, you will be able to learn very fast these differences and in a short time some of these differences will be part of your own culture.

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The atmosphere of Karlshochschule

By Celinne de Paula:

Karlshochschule is different in many aspects, and  because it's a small university, it provides us an intimate and cozy environment. All the classrooms have glass walls, and the departments’ doors are always open. Because of that, you can get really close to the staff  and professors here, and conversations with the director of the university are not uncommon at all. One of my favorite things here is the Karls’ events: karaoke nights, Halloween parties and events for special dates are wonderful opportunities to talk to people in other majors or that’re in other semesters. In the beginning of the semester we have the “Orientation week” , which was one of my coolest weeks ever. We spent all week getting to know the university, other students from all around the world, and every night we had something to do. Karls encourages diversity and personal development. While I’m writing this in the library, I can see a map of the world on the wall with “find yourself”, “enjoy the moment” and “be passionate and inspire others” written right next to it. Here we also have specific events to give feedback to all the staff and say what can be improved. In every floor there’s a feedback box as well if you don’t want to say it publicly. Besides all of this, we have events to talk about racism, prejudice, inclusion and a lot of other important topics. All of that makes us feel really welcomed here, as we can see that this is an environment that makes us listen, talk, think and grow.   

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Why study in Germany?

By João Beber:

I always had the dream to study abroad, and I chose Germany because of the opportunities that I can find here, and also because of the quality of higher education. And why Karl's? First because they offer the studies in English, and that's the main language in the International Business context. Also, here I have the chance to build a strong international network, since 40% of Karl's students are from abroad. Another reason was all the opportunities that this university has to offer, for example, be an ambassador, the scholarship that I got, etc. I confess that I tried to come here without any expectations, but after being here for one month already I can say that  I’m very happy about my decision.

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First impressions

By Celinne de Paula:

Germany surprised me in different ways, I must say that even though I didn’t create many expectations before coming, this country isn’t what I’ve imagined. I don’t know exactly if it’s because we’re in a student city, or if I’m just lucky, or if it’s because I spend most of my time at Karls (which is the friendliest place possible), but everyone here is extremely friendly and open. There’re obviously some differences, people here wouldn’t be as “passionate” as we are in Brazil, but they are still incredibly nice. Another thing that I realized right away is that everyone speaks English here, in supermarkets, bars, restaurants, you’ll always be able to communicate. Germans also are really concerned with the environment, after just a short time here you’ll have 4 bins in your room to recycle everything accordingly. In Karlsruhe, everyone uses bikes to move around the city, and when it’s a sunny day, people go to the castle to drink beers, by the way, the beer will probably be fabricated in the city! I’m constantly noticing these cultural differences. I’m excited to see more of this and to share my new discoveries here!

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The differences between Brazil and Germany

by João Beber:

How everyone respects traffic lights and signs is something that I noticed right away in my first time in Germany. The pedestrians here wait for the green light even if no car is coming. Another thing is the high quality of the public transport, here you really don´t need to have a car to move around, because you have a high quality and secure public transport and you can easily move by bike, since the cyclists are respected here. I also have observed that Germany is a pet friendly country, it is very normal to see dogs in restaurants, public transport, etc. For me it is fascinating that most of the dogs here don't use dog collars, and are well trained. I couldn’t write this blog post without talking about the German punctuality, and yes, I can confirm it, they are always on time, the opposite happens just if something terrible happens. Finally, the German food: it is very different from the Brazilian cuisine, be prepared to eat a lot of carbs, since bread is one of the main foods here. There're still many differences between the two countries, but speaking from my personal experience, you will be able to learn very fast these differences and in a short time some of these differences will be part of your own culture.

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The atmosphere of Karlshochschule

By Celinne de Paula:

Karlshochschule is different in many aspects, and  because it's a small university, it provides us an intimate and cozy environment. All the classrooms have glass walls, and the departments’ doors are always open. Because of that, you can get really close to the staff  and professors here, and conversations with the director of the university are not uncommon at all. One of my favorite things here is the Karls’ events: karaoke nights, Halloween parties and events for special dates are wonderful opportunities to talk to people in other majors or that’re in other semesters. In the beginning of the semester we have the “Orientation week” , which was one of my coolest weeks ever. We spent all week getting to know the university, other students from all around the world, and every night we had something to do. Karls encourages diversity and personal development. While I’m writing this in the library, I can see a map of the world on the wall with “find yourself”, “enjoy the moment” and “be passionate and inspire others” written right next to it. Here we also have specific events to give feedback to all the staff and say what can be improved. In every floor there’s a feedback box as well if you don’t want to say it publicly. Besides all of this, we have events to talk about racism, prejudice, inclusion and a lot of other important topics. All of that makes us feel really welcomed here, as we can see that this is an environment that makes us listen, talk, think and grow.   

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Why study in Germany?

By João Beber:

I always had the dream to study abroad, and I chose Germany because of the opportunities that I can find here, and also because of the quality of higher education. And why Karl's? First because they offer the studies in English, and that's the main language in the International Business context. Also, here I have the chance to build a strong international network, since 40% of Karl's students are from abroad. Another reason was all the opportunities that this university has to offer, for example, be an ambassador, the scholarship that I got, etc. I confess that I tried to come here without any expectations, but after being here for one month already I can say that  I’m very happy about my decision.

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First impressions

By Celinne de Paula:

Germany surprised me in different ways, I must say that even though I didn’t create many expectations before coming, this country isn’t what I’ve imagined. I don’t know exactly if it’s because we’re in a student city, or if I’m just lucky, or if it’s because I spend most of my time at Karls (which is the friendliest place possible), but everyone here is extremely friendly and open. There’re obviously some differences, people here wouldn’t be as “passionate” as we are in Brazil, but they are still incredibly nice. Another thing that I realized right away is that everyone speaks English here, in supermarkets, bars, restaurants, you’ll always be able to communicate. Germans also are really concerned with the environment, after just a short time here you’ll have 4 bins in your room to recycle everything accordingly. In Karlsruhe, everyone uses bikes to move around the city, and when it’s a sunny day, people go to the castle to drink beers, by the way, the beer will probably be fabricated in the city! I’m constantly noticing these cultural differences. I’m excited to see more of this and to share my new discoveries here!

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The differences between Brazil and Germany

by João Beber:

How everyone respects traffic lights and signs is something that I noticed right away in my first time in Germany. The pedestrians here wait for the green light even if no car is coming. Another thing is the high quality of the public transport, here you really don´t need to have a car to move around, because you have a high quality and secure public transport and you can easily move by bike, since the cyclists are respected here. I also have observed that Germany is a pet friendly country, it is very normal to see dogs in restaurants, public transport, etc. For me it is fascinating that most of the dogs here don't use dog collars, and are well trained. I couldn’t write this blog post without talking about the German punctuality, and yes, I can confirm it, they are always on time, the opposite happens just if something terrible happens. Finally, the German food: it is very different from the Brazilian cuisine, be prepared to eat a lot of carbs, since bread is one of the main foods here. There're still many differences between the two countries, but speaking from my personal experience, you will be able to learn very fast these differences and in a short time some of these differences will be part of your own culture.

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The atmosphere of Karlshochschule

By Celinne de Paula:

Karlshochschule is different in many aspects, and  because it's a small university, it provides us an intimate and cozy environment. All the classrooms have glass walls, and the departments’ doors are always open. Because of that, you can get really close to the staff  and professors here, and conversations with the director of the university are not uncommon at all. One of my favorite things here is the Karls’ events: karaoke nights, Halloween parties and events for special dates are wonderful opportunities to talk to people in other majors or that’re in other semesters. In the beginning of the semester we have the “Orientation week” , which was one of my coolest weeks ever. We spent all week getting to know the university, other students from all around the world, and every night we had something to do. Karls encourages diversity and personal development. While I’m writing this in the library, I can see a map of the world on the wall with “find yourself”, “enjoy the moment” and “be passionate and inspire others” written right next to it. Here we also have specific events to give feedback to all the staff and say what can be improved. In every floor there’s a feedback box as well if you don’t want to say it publicly. Besides all of this, we have events to talk about racism, prejudice, inclusion and a lot of other important topics. All of that makes us feel really welcomed here, as we can see that this is an environment that makes us listen, talk, think and grow.   

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The Karls-People

In Germany, students call each other ‘Kommilitonen’ – this is based on a Latin term that means something like ‘fellow combatants’. And that’s exactly how it really is: At Karls, I feel like I'm surrounded by people who are working for the same things and want to stand up for what’s right together. The professors, staff and other students are inspired by the idea of creating something bigger – committed to the environment, sustainability and a better world. That's why I don’t feel like there are any hierarchies here. I can chat with my professors as easily as with my roommate. I can confidently say: The people here are the ones who have made Karlsruhe a second home for me.

The Karls-Philosophy

Karls has developed its own constructivist philosophy and didactics. The exact wording can be found on karlshochschule.de. But I can tell you in my own words how this philosophy feels to me and how it has become tangible in my life. Put briefly: At Karls, I can let myself and my ideas blossom. I can incorporate my knowledge, my ideals and my expectations and deepen them in a lively dialogue with my fellow students. My ideas are taken seriously here – I learn from my professors, of course, but my professors also learn from me. Instead of a strict curriculum and tons of theoretical knowledge, at Karls, I am given a wide range of information that I can structure however I want, and many opportunities to try it out in practice.

The Karls-Education

When I arrive at Karls in the morning, I overhear scraps of conversation between my classmates in English, German, French, Spanish and many other languages. It is precisely this open intercultural exchange that also shapes the experience of studying at Karls. Here, it’s totally normal for your course of study to cross the boundaries between disciplines. For example, it’s simply a matter of course for economists to be concerned with topics such as sustainability, environmental conservation and social justice. Conversely, sociologists at Karls are developing business models that will change the way we understand management. There’s no question that the idea of a language barrier is unimportant at the Karlshochschule. Most of the courses take place in English, and learning German is on the curriculum from day one.

Management

What should our future look like? How do we want to manage tomorrow? In the Management degree program, you will learn to take responsibility for a complex world in which negotiating skills are just as important as understanding and empathy. The pop-up menu gives you more information about your specialization options.

International Business

If you do not want to conceive of economics merely as a game of numbers, but instead want to understand and apply economic questions in an intercultural context, then you’ve come to the right place. You can design your own course of studies and specialize in three different areas.

Society

The world needs not only doers, but also thinkers. People who write the rules of the future and act as protagonists on the international political and economic stage. In these four courses of study in the field of ‘Society’, you’ll get exactly the know-how you need.

Management (M.A.)

The reality of economics and business is negotiated again and again between those involved in it. There are no universal truths, but rather well-functioning viewpoints. This is exactly what the course of studies conveys: Here, students and teachers work together on cultural and social science topics and apply them to management practice.

Spezialisierungen

Would you like to enter the creative industry or set up your own start-up? Do you want to make a difference in the political system of your country or, as the person in charge of an NGO, foster social change? Whatever your vision is: The Master's program offers you six different specializations from which you can choose two – so you can tailor your studies to your exact goals.

„The interconnectedness of modules within and across semesters is stunning. This Master’s is definitively about ‚Rethinking Management‘ and requires engagement on the brink of my comfort zone.“

Mischa Burmester,

Alumnus Master of Management

Conditions

At Karls, we know that grades are not everything. Here, what counts above all is a person’s commitment and the values that define them – and that cannot be measured. The most important thing about your online application is therefore your letter of motivation. This is your chance to show us who you are and why you are a good fit for Karls. Karls is an officially accredited university and must adhere to the rules of the German registration authorities in the application process: Therefore, another prerequisite is a recognized secondary-school degree in Germany.

Help Center

I've put together a bunch of PDFs for most countries on the South American continent. Here you will find a step-by-step checklist for your journey to Karls – from your letter of motivation to how to apply for grants and scholarships and even the application form for a visa. Also, the exact requirements for your education are in the PDF for your country or your region. In addition, you will find in the PDF the contact details of the most important contact persons, e.g. your consulate or embassy. If at any point you feel unsure – don’t worry: I'm here for you.

International Foundation Year

Are you thinking ‘Karls is exactly what I want for my life’, but unfortunately are missing the appropriate degree? Maybe you also have a very good school diploma, but it is not recognized by the German registration authorities? Don’t despair! Many of my fellow students once felt the same way. The solution for you might be the Foundation Year: Within a year, you will learn all the necessary content and then take an exam. This means you’ll meet the admission requirements and can enrol at Karls. Wondering if a Foundation Year is also for you? Write to me and I'll explain everything else, including where and when you can do it.

Do you have further questions about Karls or your studies? Then just write me. I will be at your side with words and deeds and look forward to hear from you.