Foreign Language Institute

The Institut für Fremdsprachen IFS (Foreign Language Institute) was specially founded to coordinate foreign language courses for students from all faculties at the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences. After all, good foreign language skills are a key factor to success.

The proficiency levels of the language courses correspond to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF). Certificates are awarded in English, French, and Spanish. International students are particularly interested in the German language courses. Students can attend intensive or semester courses for which a certificate is awarded upon successful completion.

The special "Sprache und interkulturelle Praxis" program gives students the opportunity to acquire survival skills in various target languages and cultures.

Students attend the language courses as part of their degree programs or as electives. Approximately 1,900 students attend one of the language courses offered each semester.

For further information, please see the German-language pages or contact our departmental office:
Ms. Berumen-Roden or Ms. Wittenberg
ifs[at]hs-karlsruhe.de

Information specially for international students

The current coordinators for German courses are
Paula Contreras Candia and Beate KouraContact Details

  • German as a Foreign Language
    For information about the course registration (obligatory), placement tests, and the application form, please see here

  • Germany Today
    This course, offered jointly with the Pädagogische Hochschule Karlsruhe, introduces international students to topics related to their host country. The course is usually offered on Wednesdays, 14:00-15:30 h. You need to register in advance. More

  • You have problems registering for the exam of the intensive course "German as a Foreign Language"? Please see this step-by-step information!