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.

„You have brains in your head, and feet in your shoes, you can stir yourself into any direction you choose. -Dr. Seuss“
Summer at home

This last summer I was back home in India and while I was there, one of my friends from Germany visited me. When I was showing her around my city, I realized how much I have taken it for granted. I started to notice how beautiful were all the places that seemed so ordinary and a part of my routine. Living abroad does change your perspective on everything, even your own home. 

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2019/09/28
Oktoberfest

Last weekend my friends and I went to Munich for the famous Oktoberfest. Munich is only a few hours drive from Karlsruhe, and every year from September 21 to October 6, Munich hosts one of the biggest folk festivals in Germany. People sing, dance, eat and drink and celebrate German culture, wearing their traditional dresses. Although origin of Oktoberfest was a royal wedding, over the years it has become a celebration of the bavarian culture. This festival brings together thousands of people from Germany and from all over the world in the heart of Bavaria. 

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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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2019/06/27
Turmberg

This last weekend, I had a friend visiting from Nürnberg. I got to show her around Karlsruhe, like a local. One of my favorite things to do around Karlsruhe is going to Turmberg. It's only a 20 minute hike, but the view is beautiful, you can see 3 towns in each direction from the top of the tower.  

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Summer at home

This last summer I was back home in India and while I was there, one of my friends from Germany visited me. When I was showing her around my city, I realized how much I have taken it for granted. I started to notice how beautiful were all the places that seemed so ordinary and a part of my routine. Living abroad does change your perspective on everything, even your own home. 

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2019/09/28
Oktoberfest

Last weekend my friends and I went to Munich for the famous Oktoberfest. Munich is only a few hours drive from Karlsruhe, and every year from September 21 to October 6, Munich hosts one of the biggest folk festivals in Germany. People sing, dance, eat and drink and celebrate German culture, wearing their traditional dresses. Although origin of Oktoberfest was a royal wedding, over the years it has become a celebration of the bavarian culture. This festival brings together thousands of people from Germany and from all over the world in the heart of Bavaria. 

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2019/06/27
Turmberg

This last weekend, I had a friend visiting from Nürnberg. I got to show her around Karlsruhe, like a local. One of my favorite things to do around Karlsruhe is going to Turmberg. It's only a 20 minute hike, but the view is beautiful, you can see 3 towns in each direction from the top of the tower.  

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Summer at home

This last summer I was back home in India and while I was there, one of my friends from Germany visited me. When I was showing her around my city, I realized how much I have taken it for granted. I started to notice how beautiful were all the places that seemed so ordinary and a part of my routine. Living abroad does change your perspective on everything, even your own home. 

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2019/09/28
Oktoberfest

Last weekend my friends and I went to Munich for the famous Oktoberfest. Munich is only a few hours drive from Karlsruhe, and every year from September 21 to October 6, Munich hosts one of the biggest folk festivals in Germany. People sing, dance, eat and drink and celebrate German culture, wearing their traditional dresses. Although origin of Oktoberfest was a royal wedding, over the years it has become a celebration of the bavarian culture. This festival brings together thousands of people from Germany and from all over the world in the heart of Bavaria. 

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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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2019/06/27
Turmberg

This last weekend, I had a friend visiting from Nürnberg. I got to show her around Karlsruhe, like a local. One of my favorite things to do around Karlsruhe is going to Turmberg. It's only a 20 minute hike, but the view is beautiful, you can see 3 towns in each direction from the top of the tower.  

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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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Group Projects

Currently we are researching the impact of exchange programs on a participants communication skills for our Scientific Research module. In this picture we were working on our coding scheme for all the qualitative data we had collected over the first semester. This is what academic life at Karlshochschule is like, loads of group work, and a practical approach to learning. We are constantly given an environment in every module where we get to apply our theoretical knowledge into a practical scenario. 

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Wir sind hier und wir sind laut!

I feel that Germans already have a very eco friendly lifestyle compared to hundreds of other countries in the world, and yet they keep working on making it even better. On March 15, Karlshochschule students along with thousands of other students from the city of Karlsruhe skipped classes and went for the "Fridays for Future" protest for climate change awareness. That day 123 countries were protesting for this cause along with us. I had the opportunity to be a part of something big, something that was a huge step towards making a difference. We walked around the city, holding up our signs, chanting slogans, spreading more awareness and moving towards a better tomorrow. 

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Strategic Management in a Cabin in the Woods: The Karlshochschule way of learning to be good managers.

Greetings from Germany's famous Black Forest! Triberg im Schwarzwald is a two hour train ride from Karlsruhe. This year, 38 International Business students and two professors are here in the Black forest  for a Strategic Management class, 3 days in the forest, off the grid. The picture was clicked this morning when we hiked to look at the view after the snowfall. We cook, clean and then study together during the day, it is truly a unique experience. Team building activities, presentations, games, hikes, and lectures, all without any distractions from the world outside. If such non traditional and creatrive learning methods interest you, Karlshochschule is the University you are looking for. We don't follow the conventions, we innovate.

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2019/06/27
Turmberg

This last weekend, I had a friend visiting from Nürnberg. I got to show her around Karlsruhe, like a local. One of my favorite things to do around Karlsruhe is going to Turmberg. It's only a 20 minute hike, but the view is beautiful, you can see 3 towns in each direction from the top of the tower.  

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Wir sind hier und wir sind laut!

I feel that Germans already have a very eco friendly lifestyle compared to hundreds of other countries in the world, and yet they keep working on making it even better. On March 15, Karlshochschule students along with thousands of other students from the city of Karlsruhe skipped classes and went for the "Fridays for Future" protest for climate change awareness. That day 123 countries were protesting for this cause along with us. I had the opportunity to be a part of something big, something that was a huge step towards making a difference. We walked around the city, holding up our signs, chanting slogans, spreading more awareness and moving towards a better tomorrow. 

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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.