Frequently Asked Questions

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] summeracademy-karlsruhe.org

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.

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

The Summer Academy is divided in two different tracks.

Track 1 is the beginners track. It requires a highschool diploma and a matriculation at a university. The track 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, and basic intercultural experience. It covers important foundations of the study and research on cultural diversity and socio-cultural sustainable solutions in the context of a diverse society.

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 [@] summeracademy-karlsruhe.org

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

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

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

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).

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.

If the written notification of cancellation is received until May 15, 2019, 100% of the Summer Academy participation fee is reimbursed.

If the written notification of cancellation is received after May 15, 2019, but June 1, 2019, 50% of the Summer Academy participation fee is reimbursed.

We regret that no refunds will be made for cancellations after June 1, 2019. Refund requests will be processed after the Summer Academy only.

If registrants have also booked accommodation, they will be reimbursed only according to the respective cancellation policy.

Please contact us in case you have problems with your visa.

If you want to change details of your registration, please get in touch with the organizing team of the Summer Academy on contact [@] summeracademy-karlsruhe.org.

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.

Participants have to take care of their own accommodation in Karlsruhe. Thus please contact your hotel about the specific check-in time. There is a variety of hotels, hostels and guest houses available in the city. Check out our suggestions!

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 http://www.bahn.de/i/view/USA/en/index.shtml

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 http://www.bahn.de/i/view/USA/en/index.shtml

The Jugendherberge Karlsruhe is only 2.5 km away 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 2 (direction Siemensallee), tram 3 (direction Heide) oder tram 4 (direction Waldstadt) to „Europaplatz/Postgalerie. From there it is just a 10-min walk to the youth hostel.

The hostel Kaiserpassage is 2.3 km away from the central station.  Arriving by train, you follow the sign “Ausgang City“ and exit the station through the front door. Then either take tram 3 (direction Heide) or tram 4 (direction Europaviertel or Jägerhaus) to „Europaplatz“. From there it is just a 4-min walk!

The hotel Betzler is only 1.8 km away from the central Station. Arriving by train, you follow the sign “Ausgang City“ and exit the station through the front door. Take tram 3 (direction Heide) or 4 (direction Waldstadt) from Karlsruhe HBF/Central Station to „Karlstor (Karlstraße)“. From there it is just a 4-min walk.

If you stay at Jugendherberge Karlsruhe the Karlshochschule is a 14-Minute walk away. When leaving the youth hostel turn to the left and turn left at Moltkestraße again (after around about 100 m). Take the first street right into „Seminarstraße“. After around about 300 m please turn left and directly turn right again into „Karlsstraße“. After approx. 600 m you will find Karlshochschule on your right-hand side.

If you stay at Hostel Kaiserpassage the Karlshochschule is just a 7-Minute walk away. When leaving the Hotel follow the street „Kaiserpassage“ southwards and turn right into „Waldstraße“. After around about 250 m turn left into „Karlsstraße“. After another 250 m you will find Karlshochschule on your right-hand side.

If you stay at Hotel Betzler the Karlshochschule is just a 3-minute walk away. When leaving the hotel turn to the left, turn left at „Karlstraße“ again. After 140 m you will find Karlshochschule on your right-hand side.

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.

Yes, you may print at the venue. Please get in touch with the organizing team during the Academy. However, you will receive copies of all necessary course materials for free.

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.

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

  • 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

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€

  • 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

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 “Schedule” section on the website. Yet, you are free to organize your own trips or activities.

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.

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

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