Tom Green

My name is Tom and I'm 25 years old. I'm originally from Birmingham and moved to Karlsruhe to do a masters degree at Karlshochschule. Coming to Germany changed my life, it was a huge life decision to make at that time, which wasn't by any means an easy one. With this said, I can confidently say the opportunities that I've been given and the development I feel I've undertaken through moving from the U.K. to Germany will last forever.  

My decision to move here first came in 2014, I was in my final year of my bachelor degree at Newman University, Birmingham where I studied a B.A. in  Business Management & I.T.  I spontaneously attended the annual "Emerald Forest" Winter academy management simulation at Karlshochschule where I experienced my first real exchange; I met friends for life and tasted what it was like to learn and work in a genuinely intercultural and diverse environment. I received a scholarship to return to Karlshochschule through ERASMUS+ network the same year for the 2014 AFS Intercultural Summer Academy. As I had never moved away from Birmingham to study as alot of my school friends had, when the opportunity to return to Germany for a post-grad degree arose, I considered it an unmissable opportunity. At first I really had the perception that only people born into money have such possibilities to move and study abroad, I wasn't until I actually came here I realised I was wrong. In March 2015, I sold my car and saved as much money as I could to finally move here to do a Masters in Management with specializations in Human Resources & Diversity and Brand. 

Moving to Germany and experiencing the Karls as an international university has given me not only a unique experience, but competencies that have enabled me to push and better myself further than I ever imagined myself going. In our program, we learnt how to speak German, we learnt how to work and collaborate in intercultural settings, we learnt how to be critical, questioning the status quo, we learnt how to express ourselves confidently and clearly on a stage and most importantly, we learnt how to identify our personal development and progression; to then transfer into our everyday life. Now almost 4 and a half years later, I work in the International Office at Karlshochschule as an Exchange / Mobility coordinator, my job is to maintain the relationships with our vast global network, to welcome and prepare our incoming exchange students to life in Germany and to ensure our outgoing students experience the opportunity of a lifetime when they go out on their semester abroad. Moving away from the U.K. has changed my perspective on life significantly, one in particular that stands out is realising that my passion lies within international education. As a personal objective, I see this ambassador program as my opportunity to encourage and inform like-minded people that moving to a different country to study is not as daunting or inaccessible as you may of initially thought with the potential of being one of the most rewarding life decisions you'll ever make. 

The Birmingham Sunrise photo above was taken by professional freelance photographer @rogshafi - check out his instagram for more great photos of Birmingham.

2019/04/02
From Birmingham to Karlsruhe.

I came to Karlsruhe for the first time in February, 2014 whilst in my final semester studying Business Management & IT at Newman University, Birmingham. Looking back to "Emerald Forest" 2014, it really made a significant impact on my life. Not only did I meet friends for life during this incredibly short time (1 week) - I also experienced for one of the first times in my life what it meant to be immersed in an international learning environment. The way things are done at the Karls are pretty special, I can only say that in a biased way but it's really difficult to pinpoint what makes us so special.  Fast forward five years on, I moved here, I did a 2 year Master program and from 2017 to now I've worked in the International Office. In this job I'm primarily responsible for our incoming exchange students, ERASMUS+ funding; mobility between Karlshochschule and our 105+ current partner universities and making sure the Karls is prominent within the global higher education network.

 

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2019/04/17
The Karls International Office

After completing my studies at the Karls I applied for a job in the International Office. The International Office does exactly what it says on the tin and more. We are the international face of Karlshochschule, we represent the Karls to our global network and university partners, we integrate our incoming exchange students to make sure they have a fun and memorable exchange experience whilst preparing our students for when they go on their mandatory semester abroad to one of our 112 partner universities. We estasblish new partnerships and maintain the current ones to make sure we really are international.  The photo is me and my partner in crime; Dr. Alexander Trefz A.K.A the Doctor of Cuban History, lover of 80s music, eater of Bananas.  

I love my job, I firmly believe in international higher education, and now I am proactively making an impact in showing students what is possible for them. I had someone who showed me and influenced me to explore these options, thats why I am here. Now I strive to be that same person to others in making a difference to them and their perspectives. 

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2019/04/22
Easter Weekend in Brighton

The hottest Easter Weekend on record in Britain! Definitely chose the right time to visit one of my favourite places at home. If you have never been to Brighton, you definitely should. A small bank holiday weekend break away back at home is just what I needed to relieve the feelings of homesickness and restock my supply of crumpets and teabags.  

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2019/05/01
Happy May Day! Hiking @ Bad Herrenalb!

Happy May Day everybody! 
The 1st May in Germany is always a public holiday, this means no work; giving us a chance to indulge in the German tradition of "hiking". I say "hiking" because although we walked over 20km on Wednesday, the day is more focused on drinking and listening to German schlager/ folk music. The atmosphere is always happy and we definitely had a great time. There were 8 of us in total from 6 different countries. The 3 Germans amongst us did a great job in showing us how May Day is traditionally celebrated that's for sure.

As it was my first ever German hiking experience I can only recommend it, 30 minutes via tram from Karlsruhe and you're at the neck of the Black Forest. With 25 degree plus weather it's paradise! Prost! 

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2019/04/02
From Birmingham to Karlsruhe.

I came to Karlsruhe for the first time in February, 2014 whilst in my final semester studying Business Management & IT at Newman University, Birmingham. Looking back to "Emerald Forest" 2014, it really made a significant impact on my life. Not only did I meet friends for life during this incredibly short time (1 week) - I also experienced for one of the first times in my life what it meant to be immersed in an international learning environment. The way things are done at the Karls are pretty special, I can only say that in a biased way but it's really difficult to pinpoint what makes us so special.  Fast forward five years on, I moved here, I did a 2 year Master program and from 2017 to now I've worked in the International Office. In this job I'm primarily responsible for our incoming exchange students, ERASMUS+ funding; mobility between Karlshochschule and our 105+ current partner universities and making sure the Karls is prominent within the global higher education network.

 

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2019/04/17
The Karls International Office

After completing my studies at the Karls I applied for a job in the International Office. The International Office does exactly what it says on the tin and more. We are the international face of Karlshochschule, we represent the Karls to our global network and university partners, we integrate our incoming exchange students to make sure they have a fun and memorable exchange experience whilst preparing our students for when they go on their mandatory semester abroad to one of our 112 partner universities. We estasblish new partnerships and maintain the current ones to make sure we really are international.  The photo is me and my partner in crime; Dr. Alexander Trefz A.K.A the Doctor of Cuban History, lover of 80s music, eater of Bananas.  

I love my job, I firmly believe in international higher education, and now I am proactively making an impact in showing students what is possible for them. I had someone who showed me and influenced me to explore these options, thats why I am here. Now I strive to be that same person to others in making a difference to them and their perspectives. 

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2019/04/22
Easter Weekend in Brighton

The hottest Easter Weekend on record in Britain! Definitely chose the right time to visit one of my favourite places at home. If you have never been to Brighton, you definitely should. A small bank holiday weekend break away back at home is just what I needed to relieve the feelings of homesickness and restock my supply of crumpets and teabags.  

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2019/05/21
The "Badische Meile" with Karlshochschule!

Every year there are always several marathons, half marathons and runs dotted around Karlsruhe and the region. Karlshochschule as a University always registers for this with the KarlsRunners, an initiative started by our students to encourage everyone to come together and run together! Last Sunday was the Badische Meile which took place through the centre of Karlsruhe. There were over 6000 participants, 30 of which were Karlshochschule staff/ students. I had never really been into running until I started training for this run, it was no marathon mind (9km in total), but now that summer is starting to arrive we have started to run daily during our lunch break at work. Bring on the next Half-Marathon in November! 

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2019/04/02
From Birmingham to Karlsruhe.

I came to Karlsruhe for the first time in February, 2014 whilst in my final semester studying Business Management & IT at Newman University, Birmingham. Looking back to "Emerald Forest" 2014, it really made a significant impact on my life. Not only did I meet friends for life during this incredibly short time (1 week) - I also experienced for one of the first times in my life what it meant to be immersed in an international learning environment. The way things are done at the Karls are pretty special, I can only say that in a biased way but it's really difficult to pinpoint what makes us so special.  Fast forward five years on, I moved here, I did a 2 year Master program and from 2017 to now I've worked in the International Office. In this job I'm primarily responsible for our incoming exchange students, ERASMUS+ funding; mobility between Karlshochschule and our 105+ current partner universities and making sure the Karls is prominent within the global higher education network.

 

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2019/05/01
Happy May Day! Hiking @ Bad Herrenalb!

Happy May Day everybody! 
The 1st May in Germany is always a public holiday, this means no work; giving us a chance to indulge in the German tradition of "hiking". I say "hiking" because although we walked over 20km on Wednesday, the day is more focused on drinking and listening to German schlager/ folk music. The atmosphere is always happy and we definitely had a great time. There were 8 of us in total from 6 different countries. The 3 Germans amongst us did a great job in showing us how May Day is traditionally celebrated that's for sure.

As it was my first ever German hiking experience I can only recommend it, 30 minutes via tram from Karlsruhe and you're at the neck of the Black Forest. With 25 degree plus weather it's paradise! Prost! 

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2019/04/02
From Birmingham to Karlsruhe.

I came to Karlsruhe for the first time in February, 2014 whilst in my final semester studying Business Management & IT at Newman University, Birmingham. Looking back to "Emerald Forest" 2014, it really made a significant impact on my life. Not only did I meet friends for life during this incredibly short time (1 week) - I also experienced for one of the first times in my life what it meant to be immersed in an international learning environment. The way things are done at the Karls are pretty special, I can only say that in a biased way but it's really difficult to pinpoint what makes us so special.  Fast forward five years on, I moved here, I did a 2 year Master program and from 2017 to now I've worked in the International Office. In this job I'm primarily responsible for our incoming exchange students, ERASMUS+ funding; mobility between Karlshochschule and our 105+ current partner universities and making sure the Karls is prominent within the global higher education network.

 

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2019/05/08
Nottingham Trent University x Karlsruhe x Karlshochschule Intl University

Last month we had the pleasure of welcoming and hosting Nottingham Trent University for just under one week. As Nottingham and Karlsruhe are twinned cities, there are various connections between the two through education, public infrastructure, council authorities. 2019 marks the year where Karlsruhe and Nottingham celebrate their 50 year anniversary of the twinned city status, to commemorate this achievement, the European Creative & Smart Cities Challenge was born. Nottingham Trent University (NTU) sent 56 students and 9 academics to Karlsruhe to explore the question “How can cities and universities work together to support creativity and innovation?". The visit was a great success, it was the biggest event I've ever organized in my working life here at the Karls and definitely the biggest campus visit. It was great to have so many students from Nottingham to experience Karlsruhe and the Karls. The picture above is me and Alex, our students with the Mayor of Karlsruhe, the Director of Nottingham City Council and the Director of NTU Global. 

 

 

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2019/05/21
The "Badische Meile" with Karlshochschule!

Every year there are always several marathons, half marathons and runs dotted around Karlsruhe and the region. Karlshochschule as a University always registers for this with the KarlsRunners, an initiative started by our students to encourage everyone to come together and run together! Last Sunday was the Badische Meile which took place through the centre of Karlsruhe. There were over 6000 participants, 30 of which were Karlshochschule staff/ students. I had never really been into running until I started training for this run, it was no marathon mind (9km in total), but now that summer is starting to arrive we have started to run daily during our lunch break at work. Bring on the next Half-Marathon in November! 

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2019/06/17
Representing Karls @ NAFSA19, Washington D.C.

Another year working in the International Office means another visit to the annual NAFSA conference. As the biggest higher educational conference in the world, it's always important for universities to attend for the purpose of networking with exisiting partner universities and potentially new ones. It gives us a great opportunity as a small university to put Karls on the global map and show what makes us so special. I consider myself to be quite a good networker (sometimes I talk too much infact), but when you are talking about something you believe in, I think it comes naturally.  When I came here for the first time I realised that the Karlshochschule had something special with it's "flipped-classroom" teaching style, it's genuine international atmosphere and strong community feeling. In my job here, I try to portray my experiences and opportunities that I had also in my student life because quite frankly, I think it's a unique university and I've experienced that first-hand. 

Want to know more? Drop me a message via the form below

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2019/04/02
From Birmingham to Karlsruhe.

I came to Karlsruhe for the first time in February, 2014 whilst in my final semester studying Business Management & IT at Newman University, Birmingham. Looking back to "Emerald Forest" 2014, it really made a significant impact on my life. Not only did I meet friends for life during this incredibly short time (1 week) - I also experienced for one of the first times in my life what it meant to be immersed in an international learning environment. The way things are done at the Karls are pretty special, I can only say that in a biased way but it's really difficult to pinpoint what makes us so special.  Fast forward five years on, I moved here, I did a 2 year Master program and from 2017 to now I've worked in the International Office. In this job I'm primarily responsible for our incoming exchange students, ERASMUS+ funding; mobility between Karlshochschule and our 105+ current partner universities and making sure the Karls is prominent within the global higher education network.

 

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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)

In Karlsruhe there is quite a big English-speaking community, generally speaking, most Germans speak a good command of English. It is taught in school from an early age and the digital generation has influenced a fluent command of English in many young people.

When I arrived in 2015, I didn't speak any German apart from the basic: "Hallo, Danke, Genau" 

On first arrival: It isn’t a requirement since Karlshochschule International University is a 100% English environment with programs fully taught in English. 

However…

I would encourage you to start asap. Learning German not only grants you a new language, it also introduces you to a new culture, it will help significantly with integrating into your new home. Furthermore, if a good command of German is achieved then job prospects are even better in one of the best job markets in the world currently (Baden-Württemberg especially has one of the strongest job markets in EU).

If you have no prior German language background, don’t worry. You have opportunities for learning the language at the Karls. German course is obligatory for all Bachelor programs but not for Master Programs. Not only German, other languages are also offered such as: Chinese, Arabic, French, Spanish, Russian, Italian are also offered for free at the Karls with flexible schedules.

It’s also important to note the employability benefits back in the U.K. and the rest of the world when having a second language! I would say generally it's uncommon for Brits to become fluent in a second language unless raised in a billingual environment. Becoming fluent in a second language can demonstrate a set of competencies to employers which, as a fresh graduate, could set you apart between you and the 50 other applicants who all applied for the same job... 

In Karlsruhe specifically, there is a large English-speaking expat community, not just from the U.K. but also Ireland, South Africa, Australia, U.S, Canada and New Zealand. There is a total of 5 Irish Pubs in Karlsruhe which all have a variety of events such as: Pub Quizzes’, Live music, speaking tandem tables (Stammtisch), Sprach Café, several Facebook groups and forums for British ex-pats in Germany. Working in an Irish Bar whilst studying at the Karls gave me the opportunities to meet like-minded people in the same situation as me. This the nice aspect about moving away and can really help when being away from home. 

While studying, a lot of our students also work part-time, whether it be as a student assistant at Karlshochschule, in the KarlsCafé or in one of the local shops, bars and cafés in the city center. International students may hold a part-time job to support their financial means but can only work a maximum of 20 hours per week as a working student “Werkstudenten”. 

During the semester break you may work for more than 20 hours per week, if the job is scheduled for a short period of time (two months / 50 work days).

I worked in an Irish bar for the whole duration of my studies, I also did several iniatives at Karlshochschule which was enough for me to 100% support myself as a student. 

Make use of the opportunities you have in Karlsruhe – sometimes this can be a great way to meet new people outside of the university, it can also help you meet German people and integrate into the city / culture.

Always check to see if there are jobs going at the Karls – it can be a really effective way of funding your lifestyle when studying full-time.

You can try to find a mini job at the University, there are quite some options as librarian, marketing support / content producer or being a barista at the Karlscafé – An Initiative – A small and cozy roof-top campus cafe right at the Karls, ran fully by Students. 

Trying to look for work in a pub or bar is definitely something to recommend too.

Buy a Bike! Karlsruhe is the bike-friendliest city in Germany as voted by cyclists, you can get around easily to the whole city via bike as you will see when you arrive here. You definitely won’t need a car here, if you do there are several car-sharing apps and services available. A bike is cheaper than a tram ticket, it is healthier and with the hottest climate in Germany, it’s definitely more satisfying.

Embrace every opportunity that comes to you! 

Germany in general and Karlsruhe specifically, is conveniently located in the heart of Europe. As an EU citizen or with an EU Schengen visa, you have the liberty of travelling throughout Europe freely. There are always special offers with Deutsche Bahn (DB) to certain cities, giving you the chance to enjoy a city break on a student budget (without jumping on a plane). This is a liberty we don't really have in the U.K. Where previously I would go down to London or up to Manchester for the weekend, now I could go to Munich, Paris, Prague, Zurich, Berlin and many more, all within 5-6 hours on the train or bus. 

Alongside this, there are numerous swimming lakes around the city which are great in summer time and Karlsruhe is only 45 minutes away from the Black Forest.