Derek Twiss

Grüße! I’m Derek from Connecticut and I’m 28 years young. I first started studying here in Karlsruhe in 2016 when I began the Introductory College Prep Program (Studienkolleg). After completing the year-long introductory year, I was able to begin my bachelors in Intercultural Management and Communication.

Student life here has been very interesting and engaging with participation in student council (StuV), many practical business projects to add to your CV and various events throughout the semester. Studying with people from all over the world makes it easy to learn different languages and offers various points of view (which will be increasingly important in a global economy).

While moving to Germany was a big life decision, it has proven to be one the most exciting and enlightening moves I’ve made yet! The sense of community as well as support networks in place here made my move almost seamless. Settling into a new city of course takes time, but with the help of my job in an Irish pub, making friends within the community with similar interests, such as going to concerts and playing music, has become a reality for me. The city of Karlsruhe, which is situated very conveniently for travel, in the center of Europe, offers various sports programs and extracurricular activities and always has something going on for it’s citizens, so tell me about your interests and maybe I can send you in the right direction!

I am looking forward to providing you with more content in my feed so that you can get an idea of student life here in DE, as well as getting in touch with you to help you in the process of getting over here to study in such a great little city. I would be happy to email or message or make an appointment to talk on the phone or Skype.

„While leaving the US might seem like the impossible, the sense of community and collaborative spirit here at the Karls is sure to support you in achieving your degree and what lies beyond.“
2019/10/14
Piazzale Michelangelo, Florence, IT

Yes, another city, I know, my life just seems like non-stop travel, but this time it was for good reason! I just had to meet my mother where she lived as a young girl, Florence (Firenze). I haven’t been to many Italian cities, but of the cities I’ve visited in Europe, it has to be one of the nicest! The sites and culture of all levels are something to behold. You won’t feel like the only American here as each time I visit, there are more and more, but if you want to immerse yourself deeper into Italian culture and to work on your Italian, like I have been trying to, there’s plenty of places to practice where very few tourists will make it to. Yes, being away from home is hard, but what I always tell people is that if you make it to Europe, I will find a way to meet you! With budget flights, trains and buses, it’s all feasible. When you make it over to Karl’s, who will you miss the most and what countries and cities do you plan on seeing together when they come to visit? Maybe you have a friend that is interested in studying with you abroad? Regardless, you might make friends in the most unsuspecting of places. Definitely take the chance to visit Italy, with plenty of coffee, pasta, pizza and friendly faces, you won’t be disappointed. Pictured is the view from Piazzale Michelangelo.

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2019/10/13
Užupis-Vilnius, LT

At the “Karls,” as we call our University, we are encouraged to think critically about social norms and what society tells us is acceptable and then to question these potential falsehoods. We often have opportunity to conduct more current research, rather than run-of-the-mill. Social media is one of the under-fire subjects these days since we often compare all of our struggles and hardships to other people’s “highlight reel” moments that they post on social media. Of course, I don’t want to share all of life’s difficulties, but rather focus on the positive, like when I get to finally make it out for an evening stroll to Užupis, one of the more artsy sections of Vilnius, which is about a mile away. As you can see from the sign, they are their own republic and even have their own laws and Constitution. The people there seem a little bit more outgoing and inviting than the rest of the city, but that may require further investigation! While I am privileged to travel quite a bit, I think social media is about being able to make the things in your life that might seem mundane to you, interesting. Do you think this is the only skill required to be a social media guru, or do I need to work on my gif and boomerang game? P.s. That is indeed a swing hanging over the water under the bridge =). At the “Karls,” as we call our University, we are encouraged to think critically about social norms and what society tells us is acceptable and then to question these potential falsehoods. We often have opportunity to conduct more current research, rather than run-of-the-mill. Social media is one of the under-fire subjects these days since we often compare all of our struggles and hardships to other people’s “highlight reel” moments that they post on social media. Of course, I don’t want to share all of life’s difficulties, but rather focus on the positive, like when I get to finally make it out for an evening stroll to Užupis, one of the more artsy sections of Vilnius, which is about a mile away. As you can see from the sign, they are their own republic and even have their own laws and Constitution. The people there seem a little bit more outgoing and inviting than the rest of the city, but that may require further investigation! While I am privileged to travel quite a bit, I think social media is about being able to make the things in your life that might seem mundane to you, interesting. Do you think this is the only skill required to be a social media guru, or do I need to work on my gif and boomerang game? P.s. That is indeed a swing hanging over the water under the bridge =).

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2019/10/10
LSCIC VU, Vilnius, LT

You might be wondering how academic life in Vilnius is different from at Karlshochschule. Pictured is the Library of Scientific Communication and Information Center where I have spent quite a bit of time studying and researching. The facilities at the Communication Faculty are newer and more modern while the other campus, located in the Old Town, is one of the oldest universities in Europe and you often find yourself navigating tourists making your way to the various buildings. Both campuses are great and each faculty is very different from the next. Coming from a school of about 700, about half of which are international students to a school of about 21,000, 1,300 of which, are international is quite different, but has been a very culturally rich experience thus far. Each of the courses has something unique to offer, my favorite so far being Lithuania and Lithuanians Today: Sociocultural Matters. The university also offers courses in five different languages which I find quite interesting. More academic content to come, but also some more travel coverage, which is one of the great perks when you’re abroad!

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2019/10/01
London, UK

Jolly old London was where I was headed for the weekend! Though the weather was a bit rainy, as one might expect in the motherland, I had a great weekend of exploring the city with it's various sites, cafes, pubs and people! I would definitely recommend at the very least, a weekend stay there, as I'm sure even a week there will leave you wanting to see other parts of England. There's something in London for everyone and the people there are very open-minded and will have plenty of recommendations for places to visit and things to do. My personal favorite area was Camden, but in a weekend, there was only time to see so much! I even talked to someone about a place to stay for more extended amounts of time if I'm ever in the city, which if you're familiar with the city, isn't always easy to come by. There are plenty of budget flights into city airport which is about 30-45 minutes from most of the downtown action, so find yourself a cheap flight for a weekend excursion!

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2019/10/14
Piazzale Michelangelo, Florence, IT

Yes, another city, I know, my life just seems like non-stop travel, but this time it was for good reason! I just had to meet my mother where she lived as a young girl, Florence (Firenze). I haven’t been to many Italian cities, but of the cities I’ve visited in Europe, it has to be one of the nicest! The sites and culture of all levels are something to behold. You won’t feel like the only American here as each time I visit, there are more and more, but if you want to immerse yourself deeper into Italian culture and to work on your Italian, like I have been trying to, there’s plenty of places to practice where very few tourists will make it to. Yes, being away from home is hard, but what I always tell people is that if you make it to Europe, I will find a way to meet you! With budget flights, trains and buses, it’s all feasible. When you make it over to Karl’s, who will you miss the most and what countries and cities do you plan on seeing together when they come to visit? Maybe you have a friend that is interested in studying with you abroad? Regardless, you might make friends in the most unsuspecting of places. Definitely take the chance to visit Italy, with plenty of coffee, pasta, pizza and friendly faces, you won’t be disappointed. Pictured is the view from Piazzale Michelangelo.

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2019/10/13
Užupis-Vilnius, LT

At the “Karls,” as we call our University, we are encouraged to think critically about social norms and what society tells us is acceptable and then to question these potential falsehoods. We often have opportunity to conduct more current research, rather than run-of-the-mill. Social media is one of the under-fire subjects these days since we often compare all of our struggles and hardships to other people’s “highlight reel” moments that they post on social media. Of course, I don’t want to share all of life’s difficulties, but rather focus on the positive, like when I get to finally make it out for an evening stroll to Užupis, one of the more artsy sections of Vilnius, which is about a mile away. As you can see from the sign, they are their own republic and even have their own laws and Constitution. The people there seem a little bit more outgoing and inviting than the rest of the city, but that may require further investigation! While I am privileged to travel quite a bit, I think social media is about being able to make the things in your life that might seem mundane to you, interesting. Do you think this is the only skill required to be a social media guru, or do I need to work on my gif and boomerang game? P.s. That is indeed a swing hanging over the water under the bridge =). At the “Karls,” as we call our University, we are encouraged to think critically about social norms and what society tells us is acceptable and then to question these potential falsehoods. We often have opportunity to conduct more current research, rather than run-of-the-mill. Social media is one of the under-fire subjects these days since we often compare all of our struggles and hardships to other people’s “highlight reel” moments that they post on social media. Of course, I don’t want to share all of life’s difficulties, but rather focus on the positive, like when I get to finally make it out for an evening stroll to Užupis, one of the more artsy sections of Vilnius, which is about a mile away. As you can see from the sign, they are their own republic and even have their own laws and Constitution. The people there seem a little bit more outgoing and inviting than the rest of the city, but that may require further investigation! While I am privileged to travel quite a bit, I think social media is about being able to make the things in your life that might seem mundane to you, interesting. Do you think this is the only skill required to be a social media guru, or do I need to work on my gif and boomerang game? P.s. That is indeed a swing hanging over the water under the bridge =).

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2019/10/01
London, UK

Jolly old London was where I was headed for the weekend! Though the weather was a bit rainy, as one might expect in the motherland, I had a great weekend of exploring the city with it's various sites, cafes, pubs and people! I would definitely recommend at the very least, a weekend stay there, as I'm sure even a week there will leave you wanting to see other parts of England. There's something in London for everyone and the people there are very open-minded and will have plenty of recommendations for places to visit and things to do. My personal favorite area was Camden, but in a weekend, there was only time to see so much! I even talked to someone about a place to stay for more extended amounts of time if I'm ever in the city, which if you're familiar with the city, isn't always easy to come by. There are plenty of budget flights into city airport which is about 30-45 minutes from most of the downtown action, so find yourself a cheap flight for a weekend excursion!

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2019/09/19
Vilnius Cathedral-Vilnius, LT

Behold! Vilnius Cathedral! Though it's already starting to cool down and winter feels like it's just around the corner, it's nice to get out for a walk on a beautiful day in Vilnius. The process of acclimating to a new city, country and culture might not be a quick, nor an easy one, but at Karls, we mostly agree that leaving our comfort zone will bring the most personal growth. After attending the first few classes of each of my lectures, finding an apartment and seeking out a suitable gym, I am yet again reminded of how much of a home I have made in Karlsruhe in the mere 3 years I have spent there. In a way, I can be homesick not only for my home in New England, but also for the friends and home I have made in Germany. Through the homesickness though, we can always remind ourselves of the great opportunities we have to travel and experience different cultures and that we will see our friends and family again, so that's all the more reason to seize the day and take advantage of the time and opportunity that has been given to us. Tomorrow, I have yet another opportunity, since Vilnius Airport is 5 minutes away! Stay tuned to see where I'm headed!

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2019/10/14
Piazzale Michelangelo, Florence, IT

Yes, another city, I know, my life just seems like non-stop travel, but this time it was for good reason! I just had to meet my mother where she lived as a young girl, Florence (Firenze). I haven’t been to many Italian cities, but of the cities I’ve visited in Europe, it has to be one of the nicest! The sites and culture of all levels are something to behold. You won’t feel like the only American here as each time I visit, there are more and more, but if you want to immerse yourself deeper into Italian culture and to work on your Italian, like I have been trying to, there’s plenty of places to practice where very few tourists will make it to. Yes, being away from home is hard, but what I always tell people is that if you make it to Europe, I will find a way to meet you! With budget flights, trains and buses, it’s all feasible. When you make it over to Karl’s, who will you miss the most and what countries and cities do you plan on seeing together when they come to visit? Maybe you have a friend that is interested in studying with you abroad? Regardless, you might make friends in the most unsuspecting of places. Definitely take the chance to visit Italy, with plenty of coffee, pasta, pizza and friendly faces, you won’t be disappointed. Pictured is the view from Piazzale Michelangelo.

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2019/10/13
Užupis-Vilnius, LT

At the “Karls,” as we call our University, we are encouraged to think critically about social norms and what society tells us is acceptable and then to question these potential falsehoods. We often have opportunity to conduct more current research, rather than run-of-the-mill. Social media is one of the under-fire subjects these days since we often compare all of our struggles and hardships to other people’s “highlight reel” moments that they post on social media. Of course, I don’t want to share all of life’s difficulties, but rather focus on the positive, like when I get to finally make it out for an evening stroll to Užupis, one of the more artsy sections of Vilnius, which is about a mile away. As you can see from the sign, they are their own republic and even have their own laws and Constitution. The people there seem a little bit more outgoing and inviting than the rest of the city, but that may require further investigation! While I am privileged to travel quite a bit, I think social media is about being able to make the things in your life that might seem mundane to you, interesting. Do you think this is the only skill required to be a social media guru, or do I need to work on my gif and boomerang game? P.s. That is indeed a swing hanging over the water under the bridge =). At the “Karls,” as we call our University, we are encouraged to think critically about social norms and what society tells us is acceptable and then to question these potential falsehoods. We often have opportunity to conduct more current research, rather than run-of-the-mill. Social media is one of the under-fire subjects these days since we often compare all of our struggles and hardships to other people’s “highlight reel” moments that they post on social media. Of course, I don’t want to share all of life’s difficulties, but rather focus on the positive, like when I get to finally make it out for an evening stroll to Užupis, one of the more artsy sections of Vilnius, which is about a mile away. As you can see from the sign, they are their own republic and even have their own laws and Constitution. The people there seem a little bit more outgoing and inviting than the rest of the city, but that may require further investigation! While I am privileged to travel quite a bit, I think social media is about being able to make the things in your life that might seem mundane to you, interesting. Do you think this is the only skill required to be a social media guru, or do I need to work on my gif and boomerang game? P.s. That is indeed a swing hanging over the water under the bridge =).

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2019/10/01
London, UK

Jolly old London was where I was headed for the weekend! Though the weather was a bit rainy, as one might expect in the motherland, I had a great weekend of exploring the city with it's various sites, cafes, pubs and people! I would definitely recommend at the very least, a weekend stay there, as I'm sure even a week there will leave you wanting to see other parts of England. There's something in London for everyone and the people there are very open-minded and will have plenty of recommendations for places to visit and things to do. My personal favorite area was Camden, but in a weekend, there was only time to see so much! I even talked to someone about a place to stay for more extended amounts of time if I'm ever in the city, which if you're familiar with the city, isn't always easy to come by. There are plenty of budget flights into city airport which is about 30-45 minutes from most of the downtown action, so find yourself a cheap flight for a weekend excursion!

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2019/09/19
Vilnius Cathedral-Vilnius, LT

Behold! Vilnius Cathedral! Though it's already starting to cool down and winter feels like it's just around the corner, it's nice to get out for a walk on a beautiful day in Vilnius. The process of acclimating to a new city, country and culture might not be a quick, nor an easy one, but at Karls, we mostly agree that leaving our comfort zone will bring the most personal growth. After attending the first few classes of each of my lectures, finding an apartment and seeking out a suitable gym, I am yet again reminded of how much of a home I have made in Karlsruhe in the mere 3 years I have spent there. In a way, I can be homesick not only for my home in New England, but also for the friends and home I have made in Germany. Through the homesickness though, we can always remind ourselves of the great opportunities we have to travel and experience different cultures and that we will see our friends and family again, so that's all the more reason to seize the day and take advantage of the time and opportunity that has been given to us. Tomorrow, I have yet another opportunity, since Vilnius Airport is 5 minutes away! Stay tuned to see where I'm headed!

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2019/10/13
Užupis-Vilnius, LT

At the “Karls,” as we call our University, we are encouraged to think critically about social norms and what society tells us is acceptable and then to question these potential falsehoods. We often have opportunity to conduct more current research, rather than run-of-the-mill. Social media is one of the under-fire subjects these days since we often compare all of our struggles and hardships to other people’s “highlight reel” moments that they post on social media. Of course, I don’t want to share all of life’s difficulties, but rather focus on the positive, like when I get to finally make it out for an evening stroll to Užupis, one of the more artsy sections of Vilnius, which is about a mile away. As you can see from the sign, they are their own republic and even have their own laws and Constitution. The people there seem a little bit more outgoing and inviting than the rest of the city, but that may require further investigation! While I am privileged to travel quite a bit, I think social media is about being able to make the things in your life that might seem mundane to you, interesting. Do you think this is the only skill required to be a social media guru, or do I need to work on my gif and boomerang game? P.s. That is indeed a swing hanging over the water under the bridge =). At the “Karls,” as we call our University, we are encouraged to think critically about social norms and what society tells us is acceptable and then to question these potential falsehoods. We often have opportunity to conduct more current research, rather than run-of-the-mill. Social media is one of the under-fire subjects these days since we often compare all of our struggles and hardships to other people’s “highlight reel” moments that they post on social media. Of course, I don’t want to share all of life’s difficulties, but rather focus on the positive, like when I get to finally make it out for an evening stroll to Užupis, one of the more artsy sections of Vilnius, which is about a mile away. As you can see from the sign, they are their own republic and even have their own laws and Constitution. The people there seem a little bit more outgoing and inviting than the rest of the city, but that may require further investigation! While I am privileged to travel quite a bit, I think social media is about being able to make the things in your life that might seem mundane to you, interesting. Do you think this is the only skill required to be a social media guru, or do I need to work on my gif and boomerang game? P.s. That is indeed a swing hanging over the water under the bridge =).

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2019/09/19
Vilnius Cathedral-Vilnius, LT

Behold! Vilnius Cathedral! Though it's already starting to cool down and winter feels like it's just around the corner, it's nice to get out for a walk on a beautiful day in Vilnius. The process of acclimating to a new city, country and culture might not be a quick, nor an easy one, but at Karls, we mostly agree that leaving our comfort zone will bring the most personal growth. After attending the first few classes of each of my lectures, finding an apartment and seeking out a suitable gym, I am yet again reminded of how much of a home I have made in Karlsruhe in the mere 3 years I have spent there. In a way, I can be homesick not only for my home in New England, but also for the friends and home I have made in Germany. Through the homesickness though, we can always remind ourselves of the great opportunities we have to travel and experience different cultures and that we will see our friends and family again, so that's all the more reason to seize the day and take advantage of the time and opportunity that has been given to us. Tomorrow, I have yet another opportunity, since Vilnius Airport is 5 minutes away! Stay tuned to see where I'm headed!

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2019/09/14
International Vinyl Festival-Vilnius, LT

When you show up in a new city, the single best thing you can do is open your mouth and tell people how clueless you are! When I went into a vinyl shop and was asking about a few albums, the shop owner told me that I should really check out the International Vinyl Festival in a week and a half. I was free, considering that my Sundays are usually always free, as in Germany, Sundays are generally a day of rest where you can stay in your pajamas without judgement! The festival was much smaller and intimate than I had expected but with no lack of great vinyl booths from various shops in the region, as well as live music, cold beverages and food! Vilnius is generally much more soft spoken and reserved, but when people find out where you're from, they're generally eager to exchange words and chat to you for a while. I probably walked away with a few too many vinyls, but that's a well spent Sunday to me! Stay tuned for more Lithuanian adventures!

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2019/07/27
Heidesee-Karlsruhe

With the recent heatwave, it's important to stay cool, but also to get some fresh air! One of my favorite ways to do that here is to visit one of the many lakes in the area. There are many man-made as well as natural lakes where you can relax, read a book, take a dip and catch some rays. The park and lake culture here in Germany is really relaxed and most people realize the dangers of burnout. It’s of course important to work hard and play hard! In other news, I’m really looking forward to my journey to Lithuania and working more on the organizational side of things day by day. I’ll be sure to post some content from my journey as well as the orientation week that starts August 30th! Stay tuned for more content and my impending change of location!

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2019/10/10
LSCIC VU, Vilnius, LT

You might be wondering how academic life in Vilnius is different from at Karlshochschule. Pictured is the Library of Scientific Communication and Information Center where I have spent quite a bit of time studying and researching. The facilities at the Communication Faculty are newer and more modern while the other campus, located in the Old Town, is one of the oldest universities in Europe and you often find yourself navigating tourists making your way to the various buildings. Both campuses are great and each faculty is very different from the next. Coming from a school of about 700, about half of which are international students to a school of about 21,000, 1,300 of which, are international is quite different, but has been a very culturally rich experience thus far. Each of the courses has something unique to offer, my favorite so far being Lithuania and Lithuanians Today: Sociocultural Matters. The university also offers courses in five different languages which I find quite interesting. More academic content to come, but also some more travel coverage, which is one of the great perks when you’re abroad!

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2019/08/18
Moving to Lithuania-Karlsruhe,DE

Undergoing the process to move to another country, whether for 6 months or 6 years, is never an easy one and is quite stressful! As I plan my move to Lithuania, I have been doing research about what each neighborhood has to offer, for some it's green parks and churches and others, street art and hip cafes. While a lot of people might associate Lithuania and the Baltic countries in general with Russia, you can see from this picture that the people think for themselves, regardless of your opinion of either politician. I'm looking forward so much to my move in just over a week, despite the stress and daunting hourglass that is quickly running out of time. Next Tuesday, my girlfriend and I will make the 17-hour drive to Vilnius, with one stop in Wroclaw, Poland. Hopefully once there, we will be able to secure an apartment as soon as possible since orientation week starts on the 30th and classes, the week after. Stay tuned for more Lithuanian content and enjoy your summer!

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2019/06/28
Sommerfest-Karlshochschule

Yet again, we come to the end of another semester and what better way to celebrate all of our hard work than a BBQ put on by the Karls!? The APRO company project presentations went swimmingly (quite literally as we were all dealing with the recent heatwave in Europe) and many of the students who were away on internships and semester abroad were back to party, visit and present their reports for transfer week. Not only was it a BBQ for the end of the semester, but the Karls is also celebrating it’s 10th anniversary this year.  It was rather bittersweet to see everyone just briefly, as many students will be making their way back home for summer and many will also be leaving before the semester in Germany begins, such as myself. For my semester abroad, I chose University of Vilnius in Lithuania, which I am very excited about! The semester in Lithuania begins in the second week of September, but I will be leaving Karlsruhe at the end of August to attend their orientation week. Fear not! I am still available and earnestly awaiting your emails and skype-sessions! Stay tuned for Lithuania and vacation content to come! Enjoy your summer and hope to talk soon!

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2019/06/18
APRO-Karlshochschule

APRO – one of the busiest and most stressful, but also most looked-forward-to 4th semester modules at the Karls, where each team is assigned a company or community project and act as consultants to fulfill multiple tasks. These tasks often include things like a stakeholder analysis, marketing plan or even creating a tourism video, followed by a presentation of your finidngs. While it makes for a very busy two weeks, it can be one of the most rewarding experiences during your time here at the Karls. Pictured is one of the two groups working on a project for Daimler Automotive, that I happen to be sharing an “office” room with. We aren’t the only class who is busy though, 6th semester is finishing up their internships and working on their theses and 2nd semester students are busy with case studies and exams. I think we are all looking forward to next week’s Sommer Fest for a cold beverage and Barbecue!

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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

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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.

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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)

While German is always useful, you can easily get away without speaking German. All bachelors students are required to take German, but for Master’s students, it isn’t compulsory(but highly recommended!).

There are many different expat clubs in Karlsruhe to meet and network with people. I would be happy to recommend cafes and pubs that are especially international and friendly.

The student visa allows you to work a maximum of 120 full days or 240 half days a year. In Germany, there are mini jobs which pay 450€ per month, untaxed, normally at 16 hours per week, depending on the job. If you earn more than 450€, you will need to pay taxes on the amount that exceeds 450€, a part of which you will be able to get back at the end of your studies by filing.

Try to network as much as possible and keep an open mind regarding a job. It’s relatively easy to find a job as a bike courier whereas it might be a bit more difficult to find a job as a bartender or waiter/waitress. Most of these jobs require service industry level German, which is quite easy to pick up. From my personal standpoint, I would add that I have made a lot of friends outside of university through my job, so it's a great way to branch out into the community. 

From Karlsruhe, which is basically smack dab in the center of Europe, there are many means of transportation to get you wherever you wish. With budget airlines offering flights as low as 5€, trains leading everywhere, budget bus lines and carsharing apps, it makes it easy to travel and meet family and friends in Europe. Most other students are also interested in traveling and can usually recommend cheap and easy ways to get just about anywhere. To get an idea, Karlsruhe is 45 minutes from the Black Forest, 15 minutes from the french border and here is a short list of distances to nearest major cities:

 

From

Cities

Distance (km)

Time by Train

Karlsruhe

Stuttgart

80

40 minutes

Karlsruhe

Frankfurt

142

1 hour 15 minutes

Karlsruhe

Luxembourg (Luxembourg)

235

2 hours 45 minutes

Karlsruhe

Zurich 

270

3 hours

Karlsruhe

Munchen (Munich)

291

3 hours

Karlsruhe

Paris 

556

5 hours