A warm welcome to the Summer Academy on Intercultural Experience. Find out more about this unique intercultural opportunity. We hope to welcome you to our next Academy in 2016!

Your Benefits

Two weeks of intercultural experience and international exchange!

Scholarships will be available for most qualified applicants!

Outstanding addition to your standard curriculum!

Evening Lectures

Evening lectures by highly recognized experts enhance the intercultural experience and enrich the theoretical learning part with practical examples!

General Information

The Summer Academy on Intercultural Experience is organized by the Karlshochschule International University and InterCultur gemeinnützige GmbH in cooperation with Stiftung Mercator and approaches relevant topics in the field of intercultural management, communication and training and is intended to foster the intercultural perspective within the field of management studies as well as to develop applied solutions for the problems in business and society. The next Summer Academy will take place  from July 18 to 29, 2016.
Registration is open!
The Summer Academy brings together scientists, practitioners, and students to work together on the following questions.

  • What are the major themes in intercultural communication, what has been done regarding the globalisation process, how has communication changed? How are cultures constructed, what are their origins and how do people perceive the world, how can we solve the problems that arise when different cultural values meet?
  • How do management and the world of business react to the intercultural challenges in a world of growing complexity?
  • What are important learning and teaching styles in different cultures? What is important in intercultural groups when it comes to teaching on intercultural competence and to curriculum design?

The Summer Academy comprises lectures on intercultural cooperation, international relations, intercultural conflict resolution, acquisition of intercultural competence as well as on intercultural trainings. All courses have complementary workshop sessions with theoretical and practical content offered by lecturers and trainers which are experts with large experience in international environments.

The Summer Academy on Intercultural Experience is open to anyone aged 18-35 with a demonstrable interest in the field of intercultural communication and management and intercultural cooperation. Primary target groups are undergraduate students with at least one year of academic record (by start of the academy) and young professionals with a background or interest in intercultural experiences. Participants also need communicative English skills as all courses are taught in English.
Students in the Summer Academy have the option to choose between two tracks (consisting of two courses each) focusing on intercultural aspects of the respective topic. Participants who successfully complete two courses within two weeks will not only be awarded a certificate but also have the possibility to earn up to six ECTS points by submitting a paper. Participants can also enroll for the first week only and receive a certificate for their attendance.
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About us

Karlshochschule International University

logo_karlshochschule1Karlshochschule International University, located in Karlsruhe in the southwest of Germany, is an internationally-oriented private university offering accredited degree programmes in business administration and management that are taught in English. Its main focus lies in the field of international management and in emerging service industries. Karlshochschule uses an interdisciplinary approach toward economic topics that includes perspectives from communication studies, cultural studies, sociology, psychology and economic geography. An intensive link between teaching and practice, a strong international and intercultural focus, instructors with extensive practical experience, small study groups as well as the personal and relaxed contact between professors, staff and students provide students with a unique study environment.

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InterCultur gemeinnützige GmbH


InterCultur offers workshops, trainings, and events for organizations, companies, educational institutions, and individuals in need of and interested in enhancing their understanding of other cultures, and who wish to improve their handling of cultural differences. Our work is based on the concept of experiential learning.

As a subsidiary of AFS Interkulturelle Begegnungen e.V., InterCultur is part of one of the oldest and worldwide largest organisations for intercultural exchange. Our competence derives from over 60 years of experience in realizing exchange programs, resulting in high end services for pedagogical supervision of intercultural encounters and situations, and in qualifying our customers for intercultural competence.

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Stiftung Mercator


Stiftung Mercator is a private and independent foundation. Through its work it strives for a society characterized by openness to the world, solidarity and equal opportunities. In this context it concentrates on strengthening Europe; increasing the educational success of disadvantaged children and young people, especially those of migrant origin; driving forward climate change mitigation and promoting science and the humanities. Stiftung Mercator symbolizes the connection between academic expertise and practical project experience. One of Germany’s leading foundations, it is active both nationally and internationally. Stiftung Mercator feels a strong sense of loyalty to the Ruhr region, the home of the founding family and the foundation’s headquarters.

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The Summer Academy on Intercultural Experience takes place at Karlshochschule International University in Karlsruhe in the southwest of Germany.

Karlshochschule International University
Karlstraße 36
76133 Karlsruhe

Karlsruhe is easy to reach by train as it is the junction of the ICE-line Hamburg – Frankfurt – Basel and the east-west connection Karlsruhe – Stuttgart – Munich. You can find more information about the exact arrival and departure times from the Deutsche Bahn AG.

Take tram no. 3 (in the direction of Heide) or tram no. 4 (Waldstadt) from the tram stop in front of the main train station to the stop Karlstor; from there it is a two minute walk to the North.

From the northwest (Cologne) on the A61 (west of the Rhine) to Ludwigshafen change to the A6 at the Hockenheim interchange (Dreieck) in the direction of Nürnberg. At the Walldorfer interchange (Kreuz) change to the A5 in the direction of Karlsruhe.

From the north (Frankfurt) in the direction of Karlsruhe and Basel on the A5.

From the east (Stuttgart) take the A8 to the Karlsruhe interchange (Dreieck), then onto the A5 in the direction of Frankfurt.

From the south Basel) take the A5 in the direction of Karlsruhe and Frankfurt.

From the west (Saarbrücken) take the A6 to the Frankenthal interchange (Kreuz), the A61 in the direction of Ludwigshafen, at the Hockenheim interchange change to the A6 in the direction of Nürnberg and at the Walldorf interchange (Kreuz) to the A5 to Karlsruhe.

Karlsruhe is close to Frankfurt International Airport. The best way to reach Karlsruhe from Frankfurt Airport is by train. It only takes about one hour and trains depart directly from the airport.

Furthermore, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport is in close distance to Karlsruhe. You can reach the city by bus and train within one hour.

You can find more information about the exact arrival and departure times of trains and busses from the Deutsche Bahn AG.

Take tram no. 3 (in the direction of Heide) or tram no. 4 (Waldstadt) from the tram stop in front of the main train station to the stop Karlstor; from there it is a two minute walk to the North.


We have arrange for several room contingents for participants in Karlsruhe. It will be possible to be accommodated in double-bed rooms or single bed-rooms (entailing additional costs). Accommodation is offered on a first-come, first-served basis and can only be confirmed after receiving your payment. Breakfast is included. Accommodation is booked for arrival on Sunday and departure on Saturday.

Participants can be accommodated at:

Hotel Betzler
Amalienstraße 3
76133 Karlsruhe


Hotel am Karlstor
Karlstrasse 46
76133 Karlsruhe

Please find the prices for accommodation here.

Previous Editions

I will always remember the spirit of the people – the group was truly international and enhanced the openness to share knowledge and experience within the group.

Mischa, Germany

The first and the second Summer Academy on Intercultural Experience took place in August 2010 and 2011 in Karlsruhe, Germany. Both were cooperatively organized by Karlshochschule – International University and AFS Interkulturelle Begegnungen e.V. InterCultur gGmbH got on board as co-organizer, together with Karlshochschule – International University for the following Summer Academies which took place in July/August 2012, 2013,2014 and 2015. Throughout each Academy, participants approached relevant topics in the fields of intercultural management and intercultural communication.

All courses included workshop sessions with complementary theoretical and practical content offered by academic staff and experienced trainers. Within 2 to 3 weeks, the following one-week classes were featured:

  • Intercultural management
  • Intercultural communication
  • Intercultural teams and leadership
  • Cultures and Conflicts
  • Intercultural training and coaching

  • Intercultural communication
  • Intercultural conflict management
  • Intercultural project management
  • Multicultural teamwork
  • Cultures and Conflicts
  • Multicultural Society

  • Intercultural Communication
  • Intercultural Conflict Management
  • Multicultural Teamwork
  • Intercultural Project Management
  • Acquisition of Intercultural Competence
  • Intercultural Trainings: Design & Facilitation

  • Intercultural Conflict Management
  • Intercultural Project Management
  • Acquisition of Intercultural Competence
  • Intercultural Trainings: Design & Facilitation

  • International Relations
  • Intercultural Conflict Resolution
  • Acquisition of Intercultural Competence
  • Intercultural Trainings: Design & Facilitation

I really enjoyed the great combination of theoretical and practical parts which enabled me to have the opportunity to exercise what I learned. And, of course, I really appreciate the positive attitude of participants and staff.

Jason, Malaysia

In addition, several evening lectures (some examples: Dr. Horst Harnischfeger [former secretary general of the Goethe Institute] on the topic of Intercultural experience in the framework of an institution to promote cultural exchange; Dr. Christoph Vatter [Saarland University] on Intercultural aspects in English, German and Canadian SitComs; Werner Kranwetvogel [photographer] on North Korean Massgames; Dr. Wolfgang Pape [Research Fellow at CEPS and university lecturer] on Human Relations in Europe, Asia and America) enabled participants to get further insights to intercultural issues and understanding the German and European culture. A rich social program and several excursions enabled participants to spend more time together, thus strengthening the intercultural experience. Furthermore, culture simulations like BaFa BaFa enhanced their comprehension of intercultural issues.
The evening lectures were excellent and added high points to the Summer Academy.

Natalia, Argentina

The Summer Academy on Intercultural Experience aims in diversity in all terms, also in terms of interculturality.

In the past six editions (from 2010 to 2015) we welcomed a total of 296 participants from 56 countries and 6 continents, 40 trainers and 16 faculty members.

The learning and living atmosphere that was created, encouraged students to practise what was preached in classes. During breaks and evening activities many discussions about intercultural topics continued. Self reflection played an important role both during and after class.

Before the Summer Academy I was nervous to talk about my ideas in class, I just listened to others, though sometimes I had a different opinion. But there I raised my hand to say: “I don’t think so, I think…” The most important thing is not what I said; it’s that I had the courage to share it with the others. I really thank the Summer Academy for giving me the opportunity to become a braver girl. It is nice to see the growth on myself. Xiaomei, China
I am very grateful for having been at this amazing Summer Academy – it had not been possible for me without the scholarship.

Ieva, Lithuania

Apart from the very intercultural spirit and the networking among like-minded people from all around the world, participants could also make use of the two weeks for their academic career and earn credit points for their studies.

In 2010 as well as in 2011, we were really happy to provide almost all participants of the Summer Academy on Intercultural Experience with scholarships. In 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 we were able to keep up these numbers.

I used the earned 6 ECTS to complete my elective courses at university. Thus, the Summer Academy offered me an exciting and worthwhile addition to the standard curriculum of my university and gave me a head start to my master studies.

Uta, Germany

All Summer Academies were of great success and we are already looking forward to the next edition in 2016! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact contact (at)


Participants of the Summer Academy 2016 have the option to choose between six courses focusing on intercultural aspects of the respective topic.

All courses have complementary workshop sessions with theoretical and practical content offered by academic staff and trainers with a large experience in international environments. To ensure a close contact between trainer and students, participants are divided into small groups.

Each course listed in the course catalog lasts for one week – it is only possible to choose one course per week from the same track. Next to the theoretical and practical input, each course has a pre-reading assignment, which has to be accomplished before the course starts.


The classes are organized in three tracks. Each course listed in the course catalog and the complementary workshop sessions last for one week – it is only possible to choose one course per week and only courses of the same track. Participants who only take part in the first week can choose one of the courses held during the first week.
Track 1: Intercultural Cooperation
Week 1: International Relations

Week 2: Intercultural Conflict Resolution

Track 2: Intercultural Competence
Week 1: Acquisition of Intercultural Competence

Week 2: Intercultural Trainings: Design & Facilitation

Track 3: Cultural Perspectives on Sustainability
Week 1: Sustainability and Development

Week 2: Cultural Practices of Sustainability

Please be aware of the entry requirements:

  • Track 1: Certificate of access to higher education
  • Track 2: Student with at least one year of study experience or young professional (some intercultural expertise would be an advantage
  • Track 3: For undergraduate and graduate students with at least one year of study experience, and basic intercultural experience

In any case of doubt, please contact the person in charge of admissions: contact (at)

This course is focusing on some of the principal rules and ways of entering and administrating international cooperation networks. The topic includes institutional as well as social conditions and constraints on the relationship-building processes. In order to show a complete panorama of the related issues, this course will introduce in some basic terms of political sciences, will sound the frameworks in some societal domains (like media, education, industrial sectors) and will discuss some cases of regional and border-crossing integration processes (e.g. in the EU, but not exclusively). The seminar will as well ask if management and organization are phenomena which can be explained in any context by a ‘typical western perspective’ of rationality, efficiency and effectiveness or if other perspectives are more suitable to guide analysis and problem solving processes.

Trainers: Thanakon Tiwawong, Lucas Hackradt

Today’s societies are differentiated up to a very high degree, due to the flux of migration and refugees, but often just because of historical developments that led to the current situation. Influencing factors can be post-colonial politics, economical dynamics, changing awareness of diversity in a specific context, and, of course, the overall globalization of information.Sometimes, intercultural issues derive from differences in the cultural encoding and decoding of our activities. Often, as well, diversity is interpreted as ideology and the encounter of conflicting value systems.This course introduces in the basic terminology of international conflict resolution and peace research, and studies some exemplary cases, e.g. the conflict in Palestine, Timor, North Morocco etc.

Trainers: Michal Zak, Carmen Gloria Cuello Quintana

Intercultural Competence belongs to the most important key competencies and skills of our times. In the worldwide environment of border-crossing communication and easy-to-handle network facilities and social media, it has even become a momentum of everyday life, which accompanies big part of our daily activities. The characteristics of intercultural competence are not totally cleared, though. Whether it is described as a sum of the social, emotional, or cognitive qualities of a person, or whether it is defined as something inherent to action, it is still something very personal that is acquired throughout a life’s biographical paths. The present course introduces into the term and its complexity, the practical parts will lead you through experiential scenarios, where you will discover your own competencies and experience intercultural encounters of different kinds.

Trainers: Pamela Ex, Karolína Kousalova

The development of intercultural trainings has had an extremely strong input from both academic scholars and industrial practitioners in the last two decades. The range of trainings, be it general or culture-specific, be it focused on psychological aspects of the individual or on working together in teams, is overwhelming. It is still difficult, however, to decide which standards have to be accomplished to ensure an excellent training quality, even more, as there are already new challenges: Virtual team building in international working environments is, for example, a non-trivial issue in organizations. The present course offers insights in the range of trainings that are at hand and, especially, the criteria that have to be considered when choosing an appropriate training design. Its practical parts will show the participants some of the most effective facilitating instruments and tools, in order to make you getting familiar to different training methods and experiences.

Trainers: Dunja Zivanovic, Maria Fanlo

This course will analyze, scrutinize and criticize ‘sustainable development’, a concept which the so-called ‘developing countries’ can apply to achieve a certain standard of living and follow the sustainability approach likewise. The concept offers, at least in theory, the prospect that ‘developing countries’ can avoid replicating the historical conventional and polluting development trajectory of the industrial west and shape their own development to meet their own needs and requirements. Thus, we need to find a post-colonial perspective on sustainable development and we will mainly refer to the methodology of discourse analysis: In the first part, we will learn about post-colonial theory and the on-going ‘post-colonial’ discourse. The second part focuses on the ‘development’ discourse as a specific occidental phenomenon with its implication of manageable progress and constant growth. In the third part, we will scrutinize the origin and the power of the term ‘sustainability’ from the first known appearance of the word ‘Nachhaltigkeit’ in the German language to the Brundtland Report in 1987 and beyond. Finally, we deal with the composite concept ‘sustainable development’, draw a conclusion and discuss alternative approaches.

Trainers: Pablo Castiñeiras, Lukas Findeisen

In continuation of the first week’s course, this seminar deepens into the practices of national, regional and other subcultures and focuses on the question of how the meaning of “sustainability” is negotiated locally and through the interaction within or between social groups. To achieve this, the analysis will primarily sound the basic assumptions and the usefulness of practice theory and will then illuminate particular issues, e.g. as regards the comparison of specific cultures and certain cultural differences. One aspect that might be touched in particular is the way in which the members of (sub‑)cultural groups differentiate themselves from others through their consumption practices.

Trainers: Jana Holla, Jenny Hecht


Week 1

  • 9 am – 12:30 pm


  • 12:30 pm – 2 pm
  • 2 pm – 5:30 pm
  • 7 pm – open end


  • Check-in (10 am) & Welcome Session (11 am)
  • Lunch break
  • Course
  • Get-to-know-Party


  • Course


  • Lunch break
  • Course
  • Intercultural Dinner meets International Master Afterwork


  • Course


  • Lunch break
  • Course
  • Evening Lecture


  • Course


  • Lunch break
  • Course
  • Farewell BBQ at Karlshochschule (7pm)


  • Course


  • Evaluation & Closing ceremony (until 2:30 pm)

Week 2

  • 9 am – 12:30 pm


  • 12:30 pm – 2 pm
  • 2 pm – 5:30 pm
  •  7 pm – open end


  • Welcome (8:30 am)
  • Course
  • Lunch Break
  • Course
  • Mercator scholarship recipients meet (5:30-6:30 pm)
  • German Beer Garden


  • Course


  • Lunch break
  • Course
  • World Café


  • Course


  • Lunch break
  • Self study
  • Free


  • Course


  • Lunch break
  • Course
  • Farewell dinner 7 pm


  • Course


  • Evaluation & Closing ceremony (until 3 pm)

Lecturers and Trainers

All the courses are taught by an international faculty, featuring recognized academic experts in the fields of intercultural communication, international relations, cultures and conflicts, multicultural society as well as on intercultural competence and intercultural trainings. The complementary workshop sessions with theoretical and practical content are offered by trainers with large experience in international environments.

Andreas Mueller

Prof. Dr. Andreas P. Müller

Javier Montiel

Prof. Dr. Francisco Javier Montiel Alafont

Roman Lietz

Roman Lietz, M.A.

Anthony Teitler PhotoAnthony Teitler

Thi Lan Anh Phan

Prof. Dr. Björn Bohnenkamp


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Lucas HackradtLucas Hackradt

Pamela Ex 150x150swPamela Ex

Karolína 150x150Karolína Kousalová

Dunja 150x150Dunja Zivanovic

Maria Fanlo 150x150Maria Fanlo

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Michal Zak


Carmen Gloria Cuello Quintana

Foto Pablo Castiñeiras 150x150Pablo Castiñeiras

Lukas Findeisen_150x150Lukas Findeisen

Jana Holla_SW-150Jana Holla

Jenny_swJenny Hecht

Certificate and ECTS

Participants are awarded a certificate after successfully completing their courses at the Summer Academy.
In order to acquire ECTS credit points, a written assignment or an essay has to be elaborated in one of your elective course units. First, you have to prepare it as a draft until a week before the courses start. You give it in electronically. Then, after you discussed it with the corresponding professor at the academy itself, the final version has to be finished and given in until four weeks after the end of the Summer Academy.

The address for giving in your papers is, in all cases:

The deadline for the draft is July 11, 2016

The topics for the essays and the written assignments are announced on the „Readings“ page of this website. You will be granted access to the intranet approx. 4 weeks before the start of the academy and after you have made your payment. In case the password has not been sent to you, please get in touch with us.

How should your work look like? See this excerpt from the “Course and Examination Regulations” of Karlshochschule International University, Karlsruhe:

A written assignment [Studienarbeit] is an independently written work that addresses a question of scholarly interest. The written assignment should be between 30,000 and 40,000 characters long, spaces included (+/- 15%). In written assignments, students are called upon to demonstrate their ability to address, in scholarly fashion, a question that corresponds to the qualification goals of the respective module.”

An essay [Essay] is a critical examination presenting the author’s scholarly position on a particular topic. The essay should be between 10,000 and 20,000 characters long, spaces included (+/- 15%). With an essay, students demonstrate that they are in a position to present scholarly positions, weigh these argumentatively against one another, subject these positions to a critical examination, independently develop a position of their own and situate their findings in a larger context.”

The written assignment is awarded 6, the essay only 3 ECTS credit points. The topics for the written assignments and the essays will be formulated by the lecturers, who are in charge of the courses.

Please remember: You will be given 6 ECTS credit points, if you participate two weeks and if you successfully redact a Written Assignment. You will be given 3 ECTS credit points, if you participate one week (at least) and if you successfully redact an Essay. In any case, you will only redact one work.

The deadline for the final version is September 19, 2016

The address for giving in your papers is, in all cases:


Please find reading material as well as topics for essays or written assignments for each course here. If you have not received the required password, please get in touch with us on

Social Program

During the Summer Academy 2016 we will offer several optional excursions and diverse leisure activities, for example:

  • Get-to-know Party
  • Intercultural Dinner
  • German Beer Garden
  • Schlossgarten or Karlscafé after work activities
  • Trip to Heidelberg
  • Trip to Straßburg
  • World Café
  • Trip to the Zoo
  • Farewell Dinner

Please note that all leisure activities and excursions are subject to change, depending on weather and participants‘ interest.


Registration for the Summer Academy on Intercultural Experience 2016 is now open.

Please note that due to reasons of legal duties of supervision and responsibilities you need to be at least 18 years old to participate in the Summer Academy on Intercultural Experience.

Tuition Fees

1 Week
Prices: 600 Euro
2 Weeks
Prices: 900 Euro
The tuition fee (for a one-week or two-weeks participation) cover all courses, the course material, the public events, and insurance (health*, accident and liability) for the duration of the Academy.

Not included are: accommodation and board, travel, subsistence expenses, and costs for visa.
* for German participants: please note that we can not provide you health insurance!

Accommodation can be booked additionally. It will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis and can only be confirmed after receiving your payment. Please find the accommodation prices below.
1 Week
Prices: 180 Euro
2 Weeks
Prices: 390 Euro
Accommodation in double-rooms will be booked  for arrival on Sunday and departure on Saturday. Breakfast is included. 
Registration for the Summer Academy on Intercultural Experience 2016 is now open. Do you want to take part in this intercultural experience?
Please find information on how to apply for a scholarship below!

Tuition Scholarships

There are remaining funds for partial scholarships, available for most qualified candidates!

These scholarships are available for participants in Track 1 or Track 2 (not in Track 3)!

We invite you to apply now and be part of the Intercultural Experience!

There is no deadline, applications follow a rolling admission process!



The following criteria are considered in the awarding process:

  • Intercultural experience (e.g. internships abroad, semester abroad, school exchange)
  • English language proficiency (level C1 highly recommended)
  • Academic record of the past 2 years (Grade average of at least 2,3 [German grading system] respectively B)
  • Proven record of active participation within the civil society (e.g. community service programs, volunteer work, school/class representative)
  • Individual indigence of the applicant


FULL TUITION SCHOLARSHIPS* cover the whole amount of the tuition fee. However, it is necessary to pay a deposit of 200 € which will be returned after the successful participation in the program.

The fee covers tuition, all course materials and public events.

Please note that accommodation is only covered in certain cases!

Never included in the scholarships are: costs for board and travel and subsistence expenses.

*Full scholarships are only available for: German, Turkish, or Chinese citizens who are involved in youth exchange countries between these countries (participating in Track 1 or 2), all EU-European and Turkish citizens (participating in Track 3)

PARTIAL TUITION SCHOLARSHIPS cover half of the tuition fee. Scholars have to make a contribution of 450 € for the participation in both weeks and 300 € for the participation in only the first week of the program.

The fee covers tuition, all course materials and public events.

Not included in the partial scholarships are: costs for accommodation, board and travel and subsistence expenses.


Here you find the application form. To be able to consider your scholarship application, we need you to also register for the Summer Academy in our online registration tool. Still, you can hold back your payment until you have notice on your scholarship applications. If no scholarship can be granted, applicants are free to withdraw their registration without any cancellation fee. Please note that these scholarships are only vailable for participants in Track 1 („Intercultural Cooperation“) or Track 2 („Intercultural Competence“).
Please apply for a scholarship by sending the completed application form to contact [at]


If you are awarded a scholarship, please note that you have to hand in a written report about the Summer Academy (1 page) after your participation.


Next to the project partner’s funds, scholarships are being provided by the generous support of:


Stiftung_Mercator_Blau_RGBAuswärtiges Amt

Terms & Conditions

Please find the terms and conditions for the participation in the Summer Academy on Intercultural Experience 2016 here.


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Phone: +49 40 806 02 – 0
Fax: +49 40 806 02 76 – 29

Karlshochschule International University
Karlstrasse 36–38
76133 Karlsruhe

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Whom can I ask?

For any questions you cannot find an answer to in the FAQ section or on the website of the Summer Academy on Intercultural Experience regarding course contents, scholarship information, registration deadlines, accommodation, tuition fees, the social program, etc. please write an email to contact [at]

How to arrive to Karlsruhe by plane?

Karlsruhe is located close to Frankfurt International Airport. The best way to reach Karlsruhe from Frankfurt Airport is by train. It only takes about one hour and trains depart directly from the airport.

Alternatively,  Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden Airport is a smaller Airport even closer to Karlsruhe. You can reach the city by bus and train within one hour.

You can find more information about the exact arrival and departure times of trains and busses from the Deutsche Bahn AG.

What is covered by the tuition fee?

The tuition fee covers all courses, the course material, and public events.
Not included are: accommodation, travel costs, and subsistence expenses, evening and weekend activities.

Which course shall I choose?

The Summer Academy is divided in two different tracks.

Track 1 is the beginners track. It covers the topics of intercultural cooperation, international relations and intercultural conflict resolution.

Track 2 requires at least one year of study experience at university level, plus some intercultural expertise. It covers theories and practices of intercultural competence and is especially designed for trainers of intercultural trainings and for those who would like to become one.

What are ECTS points?

ECTS stands for European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System. It is a standard for comparing the study attainment and performance of students of higher education across the European Union and other collaborating European countries. 1 ECTS point is equivalent to 30 hours of work. The workload and course descriptions are summarized in the module description of the Summer Academy. Home universities may decide on the equivalent credits they award to their students based on that description. If you wish to receive more information on the module description, please contact contact [@]

Can I earn ECTS points although I do not study at a European University?

Yes, you can. However, you should contact the academic office of your home university to make sure a transfer of credits can be guaranteed.

Can I participate in courses of two different tracks?

No. You must select the courses of only one track.

Can I participate in the second week only?

No. You may participate in the first week only or in both weeks.

Can I stay longer than the duration of the Summer Academy?

Yes, you may stay longer than the duration of the Summer Academy. However, you need to keep in mind any restrictions concerning the length of your stay in Germany. Please do also take care of your accommodation on your own (please contact us if you need help with that).

Can I arrange for my own accommodation?

Yes, you may arrange for your own accommodation. Please indicate “no accommodation needed” in your registration if you plan do to so.

I need a VISA to enter Germany, can I receive an invitation letter?

If you need a VISA to enter Germany, we can provide you with an invitation letter. This letter will only be sent to you upon special request and receipt of your payment.

When shall I arrive?

Ideally, you plan your arrival on Sunday afternoon. This way, you will have enough time to settle in at the hotel and to already get to know some of the other participants and a little bit of Karlsruhe. You have to be in Karlsruhe at the latest by 10 a.m. on Monday, as classes start at 11 a.m. at Karlshochschule.

At what time can I enter the hotel?

For those of you staying in Hotel Astoria, you can check-in on Sunday, July 19. Between 7am and noon, you can do a regular check-in with the reception staff. In the afternoon, evening, and night, please use the check-in box which you find next to the entrance door. There is a phone next to the box, dial number “10” (also indicated there) and you will receive your code. Enter this code into the box and it will provide you with your key card to your room.

How to arrive from Frankfurt Airport to Karlsruhe Hauptbahnhof (main train station)?

The train system in Germany is the easiest way of transport for greater distances. It is safe and reasonably priced. Please look up the website of Deutsche Bahn (German railway company) for concrete connections

How to arrive from Baden-Baden Airport to Karlsruhe Hauptbahnhof (main train station)?

The train system in Germany is the easiest way of transport for greater distances. It is safe and reasonably priced. Please look up the website of Deutsche Bahn (German railway company) for concrete connections

How do I arrive to the Hotel Astoria from Karlsruhe’s main train station?

The hotel Astoria is only 1.3 km from the central station (Hauptbahnhof). Arriving by train, you follow the sign “Ausgang City“ and exit the station through the front door. Then either take tram 4 (direction Waldstadt) or 6 (direction Daxlanden) to “Mathystraße”or walk for about 16 min.

How to reach Karlshochschule from Hotel Astoria?

Karlshochschule is just a 6-minute walk away from Hotel Astoria and very easy to find. Please leave the hotel and turn to the left. At the next street („Karlstraße“), please turn left again. Continue walking on Karlstraße and after approx. 400 m you will find Karlshochschule on the left-hand side of the road.

Will there be a pick-up service?

There won’t be a pick-up service. You can easily take the S-Bahn (tram) from the train station to the hotel or the venue. Yet, if you feel disoriented, you can also ask if some of the local students might pick you up and show you the way. We will inform you about details shortly before your arrival to Karlsruhe.

Can I print at the venue?

Yes, you may print at the venue. However, you will receive copies of all necessary course materials for free.

Can I use internet and where?

There is Wi-Fi at the venue. You will be given the login data upon your arrival. You also have Internet access in your hotel, however, there might be a charge to it.

Should I bring my laptop?

You don’t necessarily have to bring a laptop. You won’t need it for the Summer Academy.

What else should I pack?

  • Passport / ID
  • Writing materials
  • Rain protection
  • Sun protection
  • Sports clothes
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Swimwear
  • Camera
  • Something typical from your home country
  • Pictures from intercultural experiences you have already made

How much money should I calculate for personal expenses and weekend activities?

1 week: 100€ for food + 75€ for additional self-organized activities ≈ 175-225€

2 weeks: 250€ for food + 125€ for additional self-organized activities ≈ 375-400€

Where can I eat?

–       Breakfast: basically at all bakeries and cafés you may find on the main roads on your way to Karlshochschule (please note that, if you book accommodation through us, breakfast at the hotel will be included)

–       Lunch: Stövchen, Lehner’s, Vapiano, Aposto, bakeries, … and lots more

–       Dinner: in most places where you also can have lunch

Before your arrival in Karlsruhe you will receive an information booklet with more detailed information on where to have lunch and dinner

What can I do on the weekends?

We are preparing a diverse social program for the weekend for you and the other participants of the Summer Academy. You will find it under the “Social Program” section on the website. Yet, you are free to organize your own trips or activities.

Can we organize our own free time?

If you want to organize a social activity on your own or visit friends or family that live nearby, you are free to do so. Please keep in mind the course hours of your classes as they live from your attendance.

Is there an emergency contact?

We will provide you with an emergency number shortly before your arrival to Karlsruhe for questions concerning the Summer Academy. For real emergencies, emergency numbers in Germany are the following:   │Police: 110 │Ambulance and Fire department: 112 │