Hardi Mankodi

Hi! I am Hardi, from Gandhinagar, India. I am 20 years old, I have been studying at Karlshochschule and living here in Karlsruhe for a year and a half now. I had always wanted to study abroad, but I had never imagined I would be studying in Germany. Then I learned about Karlshochschule, and it is definitely one of the most unique universities out there. Their unconventional approach to learning and the sheer amount of diversity is what brought me here. The students, the professors, the employees, the people that make this place feel like home to me, are all very remarkable people. I haven't ever come across a university this diverse. Karls Spirit to me is the inter-nationality of everything that we do here. I think I have met people from almost every country at Karls. The professors, students and staff, we are from all over the world. Despite being from so many different places, the feeling of community that we have here, that is what Karls Spirit means to me. It means belonging to a place where everyone doesn't limit themselves to belonging to just one place.

I also love that I can put the theoretical knowledge we learn into practical application in every class. Where I come from, you are unable to explore a variety of subjects with a single degree course, you are limited to the classes related to your major. I study Intercultural Management and Communication at Karlshochschule and the fact that I am able to learn new languages like German and Spanish along with my business and management classes, and also have academic excursions and lectures which challenge what we learn in the rest of the modules in order to develop a crirtical perspective is truly remarkable to me.

 

SAURABH SINGH

Hello !

I am Saurabh, born and bought up in a valley town named Dehradun in the foothills of Himalayas, India . I pursued Fashion Design program in my Bachelors from one of the most prestigious fashion schools of India, the National Institute of Fashion Technology, Chennai. Having worked for almost seven years in India, I decided to brush my knowledge skillset for better career opportunities and moreover to attain the skills to become an entrepreneur. The zeal to learn and explore bought me to Karlshochschule International University in Karlsruhe.

Currently, I pursue Premasters in the University and I would start with my masters in Management from early 2020. The persuasion to join Karlshochschule emerged from the fact that the university has a diverse learning curriculum which does not put any constraints on the background and previous knowledge of the subject matter. Especially for the Master program, considering I had never studied subjects like Economy or Human Resource because of my different education background. However, the way subjects are taught in the university, it caters to the learning experience of an amateur as well as someone who has already studied the Management subjects.

The University imparts professional knowledge keeping all round development of each student in mind. It gives me immense pleasure that I am able to study in a University which greatly balances professionalism and empathy not only in its curriculum but also in its teaching methods and code of conduct, both internally and externally. The mix of nationalities studying at the university fosters inter-cultural amalgamation of ideas, thoughts and experiences. Karlshochschule is located in a quaint beautiful town of Baden Wurttemberg and is a perfect mix of urban, educational and historical, it is called Karlsruhe.

 It would be apt to say that Karlshochschule International University and Karlsruhe make me feel like home away from home.

2020/01/16
IPRO

It's that time of the year again. Karlshochschule classrooms are full of tired, stressed out (but motivated to power through) students. Every year in the month of January, the 3rd semester students work on their Introductory company projects. We are all trying to collect information, conduct analysis, pick marketing strategies and meet deadlines. Teams have moved into their working spaces, with plants, couches, flipcharts and take out boxes. Excited and exhausted, we are determined to do our best. This semester the companies are, Sony, Neohelden, Gemeinwohl-ökonomie, Picosens, and Swapfiets. Our company is Swapfiets, we are working on developing a marketing strategy for them in the two intensive weeks this January. The picture is to mark the completion of conducting the survey for our market analysis. It was quite an adventure, going around the city, asking strangers to help us with our study in broken German. If challenges like these intrigue you, Karlshochschule is the right place for you. 

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Schloß Heidelberg

This last week, my brother visited me in Germany, and I got to show him around like a local. We went to Heidelberg, which unlike most German cities was largely unscathed from the bombings during the war, so most of the beautiful pre-war architecture still remains. Heidelberg was infact voted Germany's most inspiring city once. This beautifull little town is a 45 minute train ride away from Karlsruhe, so I often bring my friends and acquaintances who are new to the region here. Only the ruins of the fort remain, but the view of the town and the river from the palace gardens and the fort on the hillside is mesmerizing. 

-Hardi Mankodi

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2019/12/03
Budapest

In December, one of my friends and I took a short trip to Budapest. We got to visit one of our friends that we met here in Karlshochschule. It was the perfect time to visit as the Christmas markets had just been put up and they were anticipating the first snowfall of the year. And it did indeed snow, despite the cold the trip was pleasant. We tried different hungarian dishes (limited varieties for me as I am vegetarian) and we went on a river cruise on Danube and the view was stunning. I have never seen a city so wonderfully lit, perhaps there were more lights than usual as it was christmas time. Budapest much like Karlsruhe is a very International city, so every store, restaurant, cafe was owned by people from all over the world. It is the capital and a big city, so the internationality was foreseen, however I wonder if I had visited a smaller lesser known Hungarian town, if my experience would have been any different. 

-Hardi Mankodi

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2019/12/10
First Impression of Karlshochschule

When we start with new things, especially studies it’s very important to be a part of an atmosphere which is warm, empathetic and supportive, and that’s what I experienced at Karlshochschule International University. The methods of teaching are apt training grounds for the professional life, curriculum is diverse yet provides to my specific needs. I can choose best out of the best and make it a customized learning experience which caters to my sensibilities and my vision for myself. Various events taking place at the University premises each week fosters a sense of comfort as they bring like minded individuals together eventually leading to better communication and understanding among the student community.

-Saurabh Singh

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2020/01/16
IPRO

It's that time of the year again. Karlshochschule classrooms are full of tired, stressed out (but motivated to power through) students. Every year in the month of January, the 3rd semester students work on their Introductory company projects. We are all trying to collect information, conduct analysis, pick marketing strategies and meet deadlines. Teams have moved into their working spaces, with plants, couches, flipcharts and take out boxes. Excited and exhausted, we are determined to do our best. This semester the companies are, Sony, Neohelden, Gemeinwohl-ökonomie, Picosens, and Swapfiets. Our company is Swapfiets, we are working on developing a marketing strategy for them in the two intensive weeks this January. The picture is to mark the completion of conducting the survey for our market analysis. It was quite an adventure, going around the city, asking strangers to help us with our study in broken German. If challenges like these intrigue you, Karlshochschule is the right place for you. 

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Schloß Heidelberg

This last week, my brother visited me in Germany, and I got to show him around like a local. We went to Heidelberg, which unlike most German cities was largely unscathed from the bombings during the war, so most of the beautiful pre-war architecture still remains. Heidelberg was infact voted Germany's most inspiring city once. This beautifull little town is a 45 minute train ride away from Karlsruhe, so I often bring my friends and acquaintances who are new to the region here. Only the ruins of the fort remain, but the view of the town and the river from the palace gardens and the fort on the hillside is mesmerizing. 

-Hardi Mankodi

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Christmas Markets in Germany

Christmas Markets in Germany begin to set up and open towards the end of November each year. The first time I arrived in Germany, it was November 2017. I remember being very excited about the German Christmas Markets. Everyone was talking about the christmas lights, Lebkuchen, Glühwein and all the typical christmas market things. I was so impressed by all of it. The market in Karlsruhe opens on the 26th of November every year with an opening ceremony to inaugarate the ice skating rink and the lights on the Schloß (Karlsruhe Palace). It starts with a dance performance by trained ice skaters, followed by fireworks. It is my third year in Germany and this was the third time I went to the fireworks show. It was one of my last Christmases here. The Christmas markets have become an integral part of my winters, so it is strange when I think about being someplace else for Christmas without them. I have really started to feel like a local. Although this year, the ice skating rink is open until February, so I will have several opportunities to enjoy the christmas market spirit and live in nostalgia for a little longer. 

- Hardi Mankodi. 

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2019/10/05
Schloß Lichtenstein in Baden-Württemberg

One of the perks of living in Karlsruhe is that it's the perfect location to travel from. It is located in the region of Baden Württemberg, which is in south-west Germany. We are a 40 minute drive from France, 3 hours from Switzerland and 4 hours from Liechtenstein and Austria. This picture is of Schloß Lichtenstein, which ironically is not located in Liechtenstein but in fact in Baden-Württemberg. We were on a roadtrip, when we decided to make a stop in Reutlingen to see this castle.  Fun fact: Germany has over 20,000 castles! 

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2020/01/16
IPRO

It's that time of the year again. Karlshochschule classrooms are full of tired, stressed out (but motivated to power through) students. Every year in the month of January, the 3rd semester students work on their Introductory company projects. We are all trying to collect information, conduct analysis, pick marketing strategies and meet deadlines. Teams have moved into their working spaces, with plants, couches, flipcharts and take out boxes. Excited and exhausted, we are determined to do our best. This semester the companies are, Sony, Neohelden, Gemeinwohl-ökonomie, Picosens, and Swapfiets. Our company is Swapfiets, we are working on developing a marketing strategy for them in the two intensive weeks this January. The picture is to mark the completion of conducting the survey for our market analysis. It was quite an adventure, going around the city, asking strangers to help us with our study in broken German. If challenges like these intrigue you, Karlshochschule is the right place for you. 

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Schloß Heidelberg

This last week, my brother visited me in Germany, and I got to show him around like a local. We went to Heidelberg, which unlike most German cities was largely unscathed from the bombings during the war, so most of the beautiful pre-war architecture still remains. Heidelberg was infact voted Germany's most inspiring city once. This beautifull little town is a 45 minute train ride away from Karlsruhe, so I often bring my friends and acquaintances who are new to the region here. Only the ruins of the fort remain, but the view of the town and the river from the palace gardens and the fort on the hillside is mesmerizing. 

-Hardi Mankodi

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2019/12/03
Budapest

In December, one of my friends and I took a short trip to Budapest. We got to visit one of our friends that we met here in Karlshochschule. It was the perfect time to visit as the Christmas markets had just been put up and they were anticipating the first snowfall of the year. And it did indeed snow, despite the cold the trip was pleasant. We tried different hungarian dishes (limited varieties for me as I am vegetarian) and we went on a river cruise on Danube and the view was stunning. I have never seen a city so wonderfully lit, perhaps there were more lights than usual as it was christmas time. Budapest much like Karlsruhe is a very International city, so every store, restaurant, cafe was owned by people from all over the world. It is the capital and a big city, so the internationality was foreseen, however I wonder if I had visited a smaller lesser known Hungarian town, if my experience would have been any different. 

-Hardi Mankodi

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Christmas Markets in Germany

Christmas Markets in Germany begin to set up and open towards the end of November each year. The first time I arrived in Germany, it was November 2017. I remember being very excited about the German Christmas Markets. Everyone was talking about the christmas lights, Lebkuchen, Glühwein and all the typical christmas market things. I was so impressed by all of it. The market in Karlsruhe opens on the 26th of November every year with an opening ceremony to inaugarate the ice skating rink and the lights on the Schloß (Karlsruhe Palace). It starts with a dance performance by trained ice skaters, followed by fireworks. It is my third year in Germany and this was the third time I went to the fireworks show. It was one of my last Christmases here. The Christmas markets have become an integral part of my winters, so it is strange when I think about being someplace else for Christmas without them. I have really started to feel like a local. Although this year, the ice skating rink is open until February, so I will have several opportunities to enjoy the christmas market spirit and live in nostalgia for a little longer. 

- Hardi Mankodi. 

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2020/01/16
IPRO

It's that time of the year again. Karlshochschule classrooms are full of tired, stressed out (but motivated to power through) students. Every year in the month of January, the 3rd semester students work on their Introductory company projects. We are all trying to collect information, conduct analysis, pick marketing strategies and meet deadlines. Teams have moved into their working spaces, with plants, couches, flipcharts and take out boxes. Excited and exhausted, we are determined to do our best. This semester the companies are, Sony, Neohelden, Gemeinwohl-ökonomie, Picosens, and Swapfiets. Our company is Swapfiets, we are working on developing a marketing strategy for them in the two intensive weeks this January. The picture is to mark the completion of conducting the survey for our market analysis. It was quite an adventure, going around the city, asking strangers to help us with our study in broken German. If challenges like these intrigue you, Karlshochschule is the right place for you. 

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2019/12/10
First Impression of Karlshochschule

When we start with new things, especially studies it’s very important to be a part of an atmosphere which is warm, empathetic and supportive, and that’s what I experienced at Karlshochschule International University. The methods of teaching are apt training grounds for the professional life, curriculum is diverse yet provides to my specific needs. I can choose best out of the best and make it a customized learning experience which caters to my sensibilities and my vision for myself. Various events taking place at the University premises each week fosters a sense of comfort as they bring like minded individuals together eventually leading to better communication and understanding among the student community.

-Saurabh Singh

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2019/10/23
Learning management and riding rollercoasters

This week, I went on a field trip with my "Resources" class. We are working on a management model simulation for an amusement park this semester, where we get to manage our own amusement park. And as a part of this class, we went on a field trip to Europapark, one of the biggest amusement parks in Europe. We had the opportunity to see the "Behind the scenes" management of the park in every area. We were customers, but also observers. We learned about operational management by riding rollercoasters, that's quite a way to learn! 

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2019/06/28
Karlshochschule in Sinsheim

Last Saturday, there was an education fair in Sinsheim. Bennet, Franziska and I were representing Karlshochschule at the fair. I got the opportunity to talk about my study program and practice some German too! I always enjoy interacting with prospective students, as I get to to talk to them about my University from a student perspective

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Schloß Heidelberg

This last week, my brother visited me in Germany, and I got to show him around like a local. We went to Heidelberg, which unlike most German cities was largely unscathed from the bombings during the war, so most of the beautiful pre-war architecture still remains. Heidelberg was infact voted Germany's most inspiring city once. This beautifull little town is a 45 minute train ride away from Karlsruhe, so I often bring my friends and acquaintances who are new to the region here. Only the ruins of the fort remain, but the view of the town and the river from the palace gardens and the fort on the hillside is mesmerizing. 

-Hardi Mankodi

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2019/12/03
Budapest

In December, one of my friends and I took a short trip to Budapest. We got to visit one of our friends that we met here in Karlshochschule. It was the perfect time to visit as the Christmas markets had just been put up and they were anticipating the first snowfall of the year. And it did indeed snow, despite the cold the trip was pleasant. We tried different hungarian dishes (limited varieties for me as I am vegetarian) and we went on a river cruise on Danube and the view was stunning. I have never seen a city so wonderfully lit, perhaps there were more lights than usual as it was christmas time. Budapest much like Karlsruhe is a very International city, so every store, restaurant, cafe was owned by people from all over the world. It is the capital and a big city, so the internationality was foreseen, however I wonder if I had visited a smaller lesser known Hungarian town, if my experience would have been any different. 

-Hardi Mankodi

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2019/12/10
First Impression of Karlshochschule

When we start with new things, especially studies it’s very important to be a part of an atmosphere which is warm, empathetic and supportive, and that’s what I experienced at Karlshochschule International University. The methods of teaching are apt training grounds for the professional life, curriculum is diverse yet provides to my specific needs. I can choose best out of the best and make it a customized learning experience which caters to my sensibilities and my vision for myself. Various events taking place at the University premises each week fosters a sense of comfort as they bring like minded individuals together eventually leading to better communication and understanding among the student community.

-Saurabh Singh

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Christmas Markets in Germany

Christmas Markets in Germany begin to set up and open towards the end of November each year. The first time I arrived in Germany, it was November 2017. I remember being very excited about the German Christmas Markets. Everyone was talking about the christmas lights, Lebkuchen, Glühwein and all the typical christmas market things. I was so impressed by all of it. The market in Karlsruhe opens on the 26th of November every year with an opening ceremony to inaugarate the ice skating rink and the lights on the Schloß (Karlsruhe Palace). It starts with a dance performance by trained ice skaters, followed by fireworks. It is my third year in Germany and this was the third time I went to the fireworks show. It was one of my last Christmases here. The Christmas markets have become an integral part of my winters, so it is strange when I think about being someplace else for Christmas without them. I have really started to feel like a local. Although this year, the ice skating rink is open until February, so I will have several opportunities to enjoy the christmas market spirit and live in nostalgia for a little longer. 

- Hardi Mankodi. 

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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.

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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.

Karls-FAQ

https://karlshochschule.de/en/faq/

Ambassador (by me)

No, you do not, especially if you are moving to Karlsruhe, it is a student town and most people here speak English. However, you can learn German once you are here, as knowing German definitely makes everything much easier. If you have the time and resources to learn some German before hand, I would recommend it. 

International students can work but only for a limited number of hours. It also depends on the type of your visa, initially you might not be able to work, but once you have your resident permit or "Aufenthalstithel"  i.e. when you register in the city (it usually takes about 1-3 months to recieve your permit), you also recieve a Tax ID, and once you have that information you are able to apply for student jobs.