General information for exchange students

Welcome!!! General information for exchange students can you find below

Academic year

Autumn semester: from 1st October to mid-March

Spring semester: from mid-March to the end of September

Each semester consists of one theoretical phase of three months (October to December and March/April to May/June) and one practical phase (internship) of three months (January to March and June/July to September). International students may be able to take part in a practical phase but an internship at a German company cannot be guaranteed. Placements are largely dependent on the applicant’s ability to speak German. If no internship can be provided, international students are expected to attend courses in another theoretical phase offered in parallel to the practical phase.


The International Office is available to assist international students in finding suitableaccommodation. Applicants are advised to contact the International office well in advance. Rooms in a hall of residence cost between 180 and 230 euros and from 250 to 350 euros in private accommodation. All universities have notice boards on campus displaying available student accommodation.

German language

Courses at the University of Cooperative Education Karlsruhe are normally held in German. However, some courses are also held in English - see "Lectures in English". German language courses are offered in cooperation with Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences. International exchange students may attend all courses open to German students.

Health insurance

Students from abroad must ensure that they have adequate health cover. Those from EU countries should normally be in possession of a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Students from countries outside the EU must take out health insurance in Germany. The cost of this is approximately 70 euros per month.

International Student Guide