Karlsruhe University of Education
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Karlsruhe is a pleasant, green city of 250,000 inhabitants in southwest Germany. Karlsruhe's proximity to the the French border allows for fast train service to Paris, Heidelberg, Stuttgart, Strasbourg, Munich, and the Black Forest. Karlsruhe is one of the warmest and sunniest cities in all of Germany, however it still has easy access to winter sports around the Black Forest. The two highest federal courts in all of Germany are also located in Karlsruhe.
Both the city and the Karlsruhe University of Education are great options for students who want a more intimate "small town" German experience. The University provides many services for international exchange students, including a "buddy" service where German students meet exchange students at the train station and help them get situated in Karlsruhe. While Karlsruhe University of Education specializes in K-12 education, non-education majors are welcome to attend and take classes in German language study or other subject areas taught in English or German. While previous German experience is required for any classes taught in German, non-German speakers can still study other subjects in English. An intensive German class will be provided for all students before the start of the semester.
Karlsruhe has three faculties and includes a way array of areas of study:
Faculty I: General Education, School and General Teaching Theories, Primary Education, Education Psychology, Philosophy, and Theology. Students who wish to follow a career in education will have an opportunity to teach English in a German classroom throughout the semester for credit.
Faculty II: German including Rhetoric/Speech Therapy, English, French, Social Studies, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, and Sociology.
Faculty III: Biology, Chemistry, Domestic Science and Textile Crafts, Art, Mathematics, Computer Science, Media Studies, Music, Physics, Sports, and Technology.
Intensive German Language courses are also available about one month before each term begins with an option of continuing intensive study during the semester. These language courses are available for all levels of German.
Some courses are available in English in the English Department (Literature, Linguistics, Areas Studies, etc.) and during summer semester (spring semester in the US): selected modules in History, Social Sciences, Education, & European Studies. A listing of courses taught at Karlsruhe can be found here.
Getting Credit for Studies Abroad
Students who wish to receive academic credit (aside from general elective and liberal studies credit) must have their courses pre-approved by the appropriate department. To view a list of academic advisors, please review the information in our Academics section. Once you apply through our website, you will be able to enter the classes you wish to take electronically. These classes can be reviewed and approved directly by faculty once entered. If you would like courses abroad to count for general elective credit or liberal studies credit only, please contact your Education Abroad advisor for those approvals.
Students may attend this university for either the entire academic year or for one semester only. Those students wishing to study for only one semester must go during the Summer semester.
Winter Semester: Mid October to Early February*
Summer Semester: Mid April to Late July
Click here for full calendar.
Residence Halls are available for international students and can be arranged before arrival. September – February and March – August. The typical cost per month (including utilities) is around $300.
To view the costs for this program, click the "costs" link at the top of this page. This will direct you to a line-item breakdown of how much the program costs and what is included in those costs.
We also recommend checking out our scholarship opportunities here!
The requirements for this program are:
- Minimum 2.5 GPA
- German 303 or higher for students who wish to take classes in German (classes in English are available)
HOW TO APPLY
To apply to this program, all you need to do is hit the "Apply Now" button found at the top of this page. Once applied, you will have your own personal study abroad page, with a checklist of items needed in order to complete your application. Once you complete your application, you will be charged a non-refundable application fee of $100.
TALK TO AN ADVISOR
If you would like to talk to an advisor about this program, you can find his/her name at the top of the brochure page. To make an appointment, or view walk-in hours for this advisor, please visit the "Talk to an Advisor" section.
Here is a video that highlights what it is like to live in a small German city like Karlsruhe!