The academic year at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences HsKA is divided into 2 semesters of lectures, followed by the examination period and a lecture-free period. The exact dates are set by the Senate every semester in the semester Academic calendar.

The general schedule is as follows:

Winter semester (WS)

Duration of lectures: 15 weeks
Start of lectures: beginning of October
Christmas holidays: 24th of December - 6th of January (inclusive)
End of lectures: end of January
Examination period: end of January to mid-February

Summer semester (SS)

Duration of lectures: 15 weeks
Start of lectures: mid-March
End of lectures: beginning of July
Examination period: beginning to end of July

Most undergraduate programs start both in the summer and the winter semesters. The following undergraduate programs start in the winter semester only:

Architecture
Civil Engineering Tri-national
Communication and Media Management
Culture, Media and Technologies
Geodesy and Navigation
Geo-Information Management
Infrastructure Engineering