With around 6,000 students, Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences is the largest university of its kind in Baden-Württemberg. Located within the citys green belt, the campus is only a few minutes walk from the city center. Students are prepared for their future work life through application-oriented degree programs. The curriculum is characterized by a specific focus on applied science and engineering, extensive laboratory work to supplement lectures, integrated traineeships in industry, and application-oriented thesis topics. The learning experience is enhanced by the extensive experience of faculty both in business and in research and development.
Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences offers degree programs in the engineering, computer science, business, and media fields. These programs are taught across the following six faculties: Architecture and Construction Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Information Management and Media, Computer Science and Business Information Systems, Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics, as well as Management Science and Engineering.
In order to build the theoretical, technical and practical qualifications the courses held in the faculty have a seminar-like environment. Most lectures are followed up by laboratory work. A particular advantage is that the class size is limited to 40 students. This allows for a more communicative and interactive learning atmosphere.
Alongside teaching, research plays a vital role at the university. It is one of its core competencies and is seen as an important part of its profile. Continuing academic education also occupies an important position and allows the University to fulfil its legal mandate.
The projects of applied research at HsKA, which are still running or have just been concluded, are presented in yearly journal "Hochschule Karlsruhe - Technik und Wirtschaft. Forschung aktuell" (ISSN 1613-4958). HsKA is one of the most research-oriented universities of applied sciences in Baden-Württemberg. In 2014, close to 5.6 million Euro in third-party funds were acquired. Research is focussed in two institutes: Institut für Angewandte Forschung (Institute of Applied Research IAF) and the Institute of Materials and Processes (IMP), having more than 200 staff members, including about 50 postgraduate students carrying out research projects for their dissertation.