Student Voice – 3

Chin Yue Fock from Singapore


High School: Raffles Junior College Hobbies: Scuba diving, windsurfing, skimboarding, running

High School: Raffles Junior College Hobbies: Scuba diving, windsurfing, skimboarding, running

Interviewer: When you look back at your student days at the Carl Benz School of Engineering what memories do you have about the lectures and the environment?

Chin Yue: With its international environment, I have had a great experience learning with classmates from different backgrounds. Due to this diverse range of cultures, we often have several different opinions and approaches when it comes to solving problems. That is why I find this particularly interesting.

Interviewer: What do you think is special about the Carl Benz School?

Chin Yue: Its small class size, which makes many things easier, e.g. organizational issues, posing questions in class.

Interviewer: Why did you choose to come to CBS?

Chin Yue: Having completed my high school in Singapore, I wanted something different, something to challenge myself. Germany is also recognised for its niche in the field of Mechanical Engineering. My initial lack of knowledge of the German language meant I had to search for a Mechanical Engineering program conducted in English.

Interviewer: How was it for you at the beginning?

Chin Yue: I hardly knew any German, apart from a couple of greeting phrases. CBS offered a great stepping stone for me to slowly immerse in the local customs and culture. The international environment at CBS has helped – with other students from many other different countries, we faced similar challenges which we could relate to with each other. Having English as our communication medium, we could share our feelings and thoughts. Since classes are also conducted in English at CBS, understanding the topics taught was much easier. I could simultaneously pick up the German language by interacting with people around me and participating in more local events.

In fact, it was not just the German culture, but the cultures which other international students at CBS brought along with them. As such, CBS has provided a good platform to kick off my studies and my life in Germany.

Skydiving nearby Karlsruhe

Skydiving nearby Karlsruhe

Interviewer: What do you do in your free time? Did you have the opportunity to travel around?

Chin Yue: During the semesters and the semester breaks we do not have much time because of exams, you just have to make your own time for travels. It really is all about self-planning and organisation. I would usually do some running in the Schlosspark or head to the fitness studio to keep myself fit. Living in Karlsruhe provides many travelling and recreational possibilities. For exampe, a bike trip to Strasbourg (France) takes only about 2 hours, with picturesque views, beer gardens and good food along the way. I have personally done such a short weekend getaway in the spring season with some friends and highly recomend it. In Walldorf (not too far from Karlsruhe), you have the unique opportunity to do skydiving. I did it once with two friends and it was an unbelievable experience that I would love to repeat.

Interviewer: You have already completed your basic and specialized internships. Could you tell us more about your experiences?

Production plant of Volkswagen in Wolfsburg

Production plant of Volkswagen in Wolfsburg

In fact, the city of Wolfsburg is wellrenowned for its ‘Autostadt’ status (literally: car city). My internship at Volkswagen AG, the largest vehicle producer in Europe, has provided me with relevant insights and an invaluable learning experience during my six-month stint in the company. This internship has offered me an excellent transition from classroom to workplace, allowing me to utilise the knowledge and skills I have acquired in my studies, and apply them in appropriate situations. Apart from gaining valuable experience and insights into possible career paths, I have also established a network of professional connections and direction for my future.

Due to my daily communication and interactions with counterparts in different countries, I have learnt that people from different cultural backgrounds have diverse ways of working. This is particularly refreshing for me because they would bring various perspectives together during a discussion, which has taught me to handle problems and situations with a more multi-dimensional approach.

Currywurst with fries

Currywurst with fries

I also had the rare opportunity to meet experienced senior department executives and receive excellent advice and opinions. Throughout my internship, I was given a taste of how weekly departmental meetings are conducted in a company. It was a fulfilling experience as it not only provided me with an understanding of what my colleagues and superiors were doing, but also an opportunity to partake in and express my humble views on certain tasks Furthermore, the company has provided me with a conducive working environment, friendly and understanding colleagues and also fed me well with the popular Volkswagen currywurst which was really delicious.

Interviewer: What are your plans for the future, now that you have finished your bachelor studies? Do you want to go back to Singapore or would you prefer to stay in Europe?

Chin Yue: I am open to all opportunities and options. I would love to stay in Europe. However, if a really good opportunity is available somewhere else in Asia or the Americas, I would Skydiving nearby Karlsruhe not say no to it.


Mechanical Engineering in Karlsruhe

Mechanical Engineering in Karlsruhe
{Carl Benz School of Engineering Represented by MERIT INDIA}

Application for B.Sc. (Mechanical Engineering) at CBS – for August 2014 Intake

Applicants for the B.Sc. (Mechanical Engineering) for the August 2014 intake can start submitting their applications.

To enjoy the advantages of the early application and admission policy, applicants for the undergraduate mechanical engineering program have to make sure that their applications arrive before  15th April 2014. The general deadline for application is the 15th June 2014.

The Carl Benz School of Engineering looks forward to welcoming applicants from all over the world.

The application forms for the 2014 Bachelor of Science program in Mechanical Engineering can be downloaded from the website of the school or may be obtained on request from the Counsellor.

FAQs on Carl Benz School of Engineering

What is Carl Benz School?

Carl Benz School is an independent body that offers students the opportunity to study Mechanical Engineering entirely in English, and upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Science program, students are awarded a B.Sc. degree from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

For the duration of their studies, Carl Benz School students have access to the facilities and services in KIT. In addition, they attend compact classes consisting of not more than 40 students that are offered by the university lecturers of KIT. Furthermore, Carl Benz School students enjoy constant guidance and counselling, various field trips and a cross-linked community here in the heart of the Karlsruhe city.

What type of student fits in at Carl Benz School?

  • The most fundamental requirement is the strong interest in studying and understanding machines. It is also good to be open minded, determined to excel in one’s studies and understand that university studies require self-discipline and hard work. An interest in German and the culture would enrich one’s experiences here.
  • The community is international and cross-linked – It is not only about studying but also the building of friendships and life-long connections.
  • Carl Benz School students come from the following countries: Austria, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Georgia, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Korea, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Norway, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, Taiwan, Turkey, United Kingdom, USA and Venezuela

What are the general admission requirements?

  1. High school education at a level equivalent to the German ‘Abitur’
    (German High School Diploma), for example A-levels, International Baccalaureate.
  2. Two Positive letters of recommendation from high school teachers.
  3. Proof of English language proficiency (TOEFL/ IELTS/ TOEIC)
    (For more details go to “LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS” in FAQ.)
  • In some countries, high school ends after the 11th, 12th or 13th year. As long as there is an official examination proof that the high school education of the specific country has been successfully completed, applicants are eligible to apply.
  • In general, a GPA of at least 3.5 is expected.
  •  Transcripts with good Math and Physics grades, positive letters of recommendation, a strong interest in studying engineering and motivation to excel in one’s studies would increase one’s chances of being admitted to the program.
  • Please do not just send an email with your transcripts and ask if you are eligible for application. Only complete applications with application form and accompanying documents will be processed.
  • The list of application documents required are clearly listed under “APPLICATION: WHAT DO I HAVE TO SEND TO CARL BENZ SCHOOL” in FAQ

What is the curriculum like?

The three-year (six-semester) Bachelor of Science program offers students a well-balanced theory-and practical-based curriculum.

The program comprises lectures, tutorials and lab courses, with lecturers and tutors coming from different institutes in KIT  . This ensures that the quality of the subjects taught will be of the highest standard.

To make sure that the students are well-prepared for the final exams, some subjects even require students to fulfil certain conditions, for example, having to accumulate enough points by completing assignments or quizzes in order to qualify for the examination registration.

Beside the academic demands, students are also expected to complete at least 12 weeks of internship, with at least 6 weeks for their basic industrial internship and at least 6 weeks for their advanced internship. Students can also choose to do their internship abroad, as long as the conditions of the internship fulfil the internship requirements as stated by the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering.

What are the language requirements?

All courses are offered in English and applicants have to keep in mind they have to understand enough English to actively participate in the classroom.

  • If the applicant’s mother tongue is not English, please include a certified proof of the applicant’s English language proficiency can be in the form of TOEFL / IELTS / TOEIC.
  • Applicants must score at least:

TOEFL paper-based:570

  • There is no need for a certified proof of English proficiency if an applicant has been studying English as part of the official curriculum for the past consecutive five years.
  • An understanding of German is not a prerequisite for application to the degree program, although some German would definitely help when you are living in Germany.

What are the majors offered?

  • In the 6th semester, students choose a major to specialize in.
  • The current majors available are:
    1. Production Management
    2. Energy Management
    3. Rail Systems Technology

For more information on the different subjects for each major, please refer to the “Table of Course Curriculum“ that is available in the download section of CBS official website.

What is the pre-semester?

  • All successful applicants must attend the pre-semester, which usually starts at the beginning of August and ends in mid-October every year.
  • The pre-semester aims to bring all potential students to the level that is required to meet the high academic standards and demands of studying Mechanical Engineering here at Carl Benz School of Engineering at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).
  • At the end of the pre-semester, there are exams in the following subjects: Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and English. The student must pass the exams with the expected GPA in order to officially enrol in the Mechanical Engineering program.
  • All classes in the pre-semester classes (Chemistry, Math, Physics and English) are held entirely in English.

Important reminderApplicants who have received the letter of admission must make sure that they have their visa application sorted out and can arrive in time for pre-semester.

What are the accommodations / facilities at CBS?

  • Carl Benz School (CBS) is housed in a 3-storey historical building which has been modernized. There are 120 single / double rooms that are equipped with a private bathroom, telephone and internet connection.
  • A study chair, table, bed and cupboard are provided. 4-6 students share the general living quarters comprising of a kitchen, dining area and a study/ social area. Students have also easy access to the self-service laundry automat.
  • The administration is also located in the same building, which means that students do not have to travel far in order to contact the CBS staff.
  • Within the building, there is also a library, an auditorium, seminar rooms, a music room, a bar / common room and a 24hr PC pool. For a bit of sports on rainy days there is even a table-tennis table available in the basement.

How do I apply?

I already have a first/ undergraduate degree.

  • Please apply normally like all the other applicants, with your university transcripts (instead of high school transcripts) and letters of recommendation from two lecturers/ tutors from your previous university.
  • If you have completed your first/ bachelor degree in a country with English as the official language, you do not need to provide proof of your English language proficiency.

I am currently a university student and want to join Carl Benz School. How do I apply and what about credit transfers?

  • Please apply normally like all the other applicants. Instead of high school transcripts, your university transcripts are needed. Letters of recommendation can either be from your high school teachers or university lecturers. The same deadline applies for all applicants for that particular year.
  • Carl Benz School does NOT process credit transfers. This means you must join the pre-semester (for more information see “WHAT IS THE PRE-SEMESTER FOR” in the “FOR SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS” FAQ), pass the end of pre-semester qualification exam successfully and join the bachelor program like the other students.
  • After you have been formally admitted to the Bachelor of Science program, you can start applying for credit transfers but there is no guarantee that your credits will be transferable.
  • A central committee in KIT, also known as VPK, processes credit transfer applications. The following documents will be required :
    1. university transcripts
    2. official detailed course descriptions from your previous university
  • If you want to transfer to KIT directly, please contact the KIT International Students Office (not part of Carl Benz School).

My official results are not out yet! Can I apply?

  • Official High School Graduation Results
    If they are not available yet, you can still apply by sending an
    official transcript of your latest/ predicted high school results.
  • Official Results of English Language Test
    If the results have not been announced yet, you can send your
    application first and then submit the official results no later by July
    in the same year.


What do I have to send to Carl Benz School?

  • Your application should include the following:
    1. Application form + photo
    2. High school transcripts
    3. Two letters of recommendation from high school teachers
    4. Cover letter
    5. Statement of purpose
    6. Proof of English language proficiency (TOEFL/IELTS/TOEIC)

For more information on application and the process, please
download the “Key Facts Sheet“ available in the information download.

What are the costs?

Are there scholarships?

  • Pre-semester* (Beginning of August ~ Mid October):
    3900€ including: Tuition fees, summer semester fees, accommodation, compulsory German national health insurance, study material, guided tour and excursion costs
  • Per semester (6 months):
    Fixed costs:        • 7000€ for tuition fees, books, lecture notes, language courses,
    internship-placement assistance, extra tutorial
    • 123€ (approximately) for university semester fees
    • 510€ (approximately) compulsory German national health insuranceVariable costs:    • Accommodation (depends on where one stays— between 1650€ and 2760€)
    • Transportation (estimated: 120€)
    • Food Expenses (estimated: 1400€)
    • Pocket Money (estimated: 900€)
  • Other costs: Travelling to and from Germany
  • At the moment, Carl Benz School does not offer full scholarships/ aid/ loans. After the first year of studies, merit-based partial scholarships might be available but it is advisable that applicants make sure they have enough personal financial resources to support the entire duration of their stay and studies here. Nevertheless there are Official Scholarship Funds.

*More information on pre-semester is available under “What is pre-semester“ in the FAQ section“For Successful Applicants“.

What documents do I have to send to Carl Benz School after receiving my letter of admission?

  1. “Confirmation of Acceptance“ form
    “Confirmation of Successful Early Admission and Application“ form
    (ONLY valid for early applications arriving before 15 April 2012 that
    fulfill the early application conditions as stated in the “Early
    Admission and Application“ policy.)
  2. “Financial Support Declaration“ form
  3. “Indication of Room Preference“ form
  4. “Visa Process Assistance Required“ form (if necessary)

To send the documents back to Carl Benz School, you can either:

  1. scan and fax (+49 (0)721 608 47882)
  2. scan and email ([email protected])

Please note the deadline(s) given on the form(s) wherever applicable.

What are the visa requirements to enter and stay as a student in Germany?

  • Applicants from EU and EFTA are free from the visa requirements.
  • As a general rule, all other nationals from other countries need a visa in order to stay and study as a student in Germany. Please be sure to contact the German embassy in your country when you are uncertain if you need a visa.
  • Important: Please find out the documents and duration required for your visa processing so that you can plan and arrive in Germany in time for your pre-semester.
  • You CANNOT join us with a tourist visa. DO NOT enter Germany with a tourist visa and expect that a student visa will be issued to you in Germany! Once you are in Germany, you will not be able to apply for a student visa!
  • Do not despair if the embassy informs you of a long application processing procedure that takes quite some time. You can download the “Visa Process Assistance Required ” form (available in the download section), fill it and email it to the student office immediately and Carl Benz School will try and help you in reducing the waiting time needed for your visa to be processed.

Note: In some countries, there is the need to open a blocked bank account as part of the student visa application. Please read “BLOCKED BANK

Blocked bank account: What is it?

  • Normally students from non EU-countries are required to open a blocked bank account and the embassy in your country may require you to open this account before issuing you a visa—please be sure to confirm this.
  • Such an account is required in order to prove that you have sufficient financial resources to support your studies and stay here in Germany.
  • At the time the website is updated, current requirements state that a requested total deposit of at least 7776€* (lasting for a whole year) must be in this account and the account holder can ONLY withdraw a maximum of 648€* per month from this account. This means you will have to estimate your cash needs and plan accordingly.

*Amount may vary from country to country. Please confirm with your bank.

How to open a blocked bank account?

  • Please note that Carl Benz School CANNOT help you to open the account.
  • It takes MORE than a week to open a blocked account and therefore you are advised to start applying for one immediately, in order you don´t delay your arrival for pre-semester.
  • The German embassy in your country might be able to give your more information regarding which banks to contact.

Not yet 18 years old upon arrival in Germany: EXTRA documents required for opening of bank account in Germany

Successful applicants who are not yet 18 years old upon their arrival in Germany should first clarify the opening of bank accounts before they leave their country of residence. Many German banks strictly require the signature of BOTH parents if a student under 18 wants to open a bank account here in Germany.

In other words, before you come to Germany, tell the German bank (which has provided the blocked bank account) that you are not yet 18 years old and require the relevant form(s) for opening an account here in Germany. Have BOTH parents to sign on the relevant form(s) provided by the German bank and with that document, you will be able to open a bank account in Germany.

The Carl Benz School CANNOT help you if you do not have the relevant forms with the necessary signatures from BOTH parents as required by the German bank.

For more information and details, please be sure to contact the German bank directly BEFORE you come to Germany.

What happens after arriving in Germany?

  1. Matriculation at the university
  2. Joining the German national health insurance
  3. Registration at the Karlsruhe Registry Office
  4. Opening of bank account
  5. Getting a German mobile phone number
  6. Renewing student visa at Foreigners’ Office
  7. (110€ to be paid there)
  • The Student Office does 1), 2) and 3) on behalf of new comers. Please submit the necessary documents when the student office sends you an email to ask for them.
  • It is important for all students to have a bank account here in Germany and therefore it is advisable to open an account as soon as 3) is completed.
  • A German mobile telephone number will be especially useful for foreign students who want to avoid international roaming fees and keep in touch with family and friends.

Reminder: Please inform the Student Office of any changes to your contact information, be it your address or mobile telephone number.

Does the program include an internship or work-placement scheme?

  • Yes, they are part of the program. The internship is divided into two parts: Grundpraktikum (basic industrial internship) and Fachpraktikum (advanced internship), each lasting for at least 6 weeks.
  • The itinerary for the internships is fairly dense. During the spring and summer breaks between the semesters, students are expected to successfully complete their internship, where they are introduced to classic metal working processes (milling, forging, welding, soldering) during their basic industrial internship and in the advanced internship, students gain practical experience as an engineer and apply the knowledge acquired in one’s studies in the industry.
  • Successful applicants can choose to complete their basic industrial internship in their home country.

Can I do my basic internship in my home country while waiting for my visa to be processed? What are the advantages and requirements?

  • Yes, it is a good idea to complete your basic industrial internship so that you have more time during the semester to focus on your studies.
  • You must approach a company yourself and request for a basic industrial internship that should be at least 6 weeks.
  • There should be a legal binding contract between you and the company, with the following clearly stated:
    1. the rights and duties of the intern
    2. the rights and duties of the company offering the internship
    3. the type and the duration of the internship
  • The training program offered by the company should include the activities listed in the official regulations* as set by the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering.
  • Please note that internship reports in the form of weekly summary must also be provided. For detailed information please refer to the official regulations*.

How do I get to Karlsruhe and Carl Benz School?

  • If you are landing in Frankfurt International Airport, there are high-speed trains that bring you to the Karlsruhe Main Train Station (Hauptbahnhof).
  • From the Karlsruhe Main Train Station, you can take one of the following trams:

Tram S1/ S11 (heading for Hochstetten)
Tram 2 (heading for Wolfartsweier)
Tram 3 (heading for Heide)
Tram 4 (heading for Waldstadt)
Tram S5 (heading for Wörth Dorschberg)
Tram S52 (heading for Germersheim Bf)
Tram 6 (heading for Rappenwört)

  • When you alight at the tram stop known as Herrenstraße, it is less than a 5-minute walk to Carl Benz School.
  • For students arriving for the first time in Karlsruhe during office hours, a representative from Carl Benz School would be able to meet you at the train station to show you how to get to Carl Benz School.
  • Please be sure to contact Carl Benz School in advance to confirm your date and time of arrival by filling in the “Arrival Confirmation” form (included in your admission package).

How accessible is Karlsruhe and Carl Benz School?

  • Karlsruhe*  is located in the state of Baden-Württemberg in south Germany and is a university city with a student population of more than 22,000.
  • The comprehensive tram and train network in Karlsruhe is a busy one, making it very convenient to travel to different parts of Germany and Europe. There are direct high-speed trains that connect the main train station to the Frankfurt International Airport.
  • Several tram lines link the Karlsruhe Main Train Station to the Herrenstraße tram stop, which is the tram stop closest to Carl Benz School.
  • Carl Benz School itself is a 5-minute walk from Kaiserstraße (King’s Road), the high street in Karlsruhe. This means a very central location, where university facilities, institutes, laboratories, libraries and offices are easily accessible on foot or by bicycle.
  • In addition, many shops and supermarkets are only a stone’s throw away, making shopping relative hassle-free.
  • The magnificent Schloss (palace) and huge Schlosspark (palace garden) are also right next to the Carl Benz School, and students have the possibility to engage in sports or just enjoy leisurely strolls.

*For more information to the city of Karlsruhe, please refer to the links provided on the Carl Benz School website.


Note: For any further clarification, Indian students aspiring to join CBS may contact the Counselor (Dr Rajendra Prasad : Ph 011-45630873, Email: [email protected])

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Student Speak – 2

For Mechanical Engineering, Germany is the best place to be.


Interviewer: You have finished the Nalanda  Junior College in Hyderabad, India last year. How did you hear about the International Department (Carl Benz School)?

Sagar: With friends I was searching the Internet for an university that offers the possibility to attain an engineering degree. This is how I came across a comprehensive review of the University of Karlsruhe and the International Department. The latter provides programs that are designed specifically for English-speaking students from abroad. I was highly impressed by the achievements of the students in general and that Carl Benz, who invented the automobile, studied at the university.

Interviewer: Why was the ID your first choice?

Sagar: For mechanical engineering, Germany is the best place to be. The International Department entertains close links with the technical industry. As a consequence, the ID offers a very good combination of practical and theoretical knowledge.

Interviewer: You chose an university in a foreign country. Do you have any special interest in the German language and culture?

Sagar: I was attracted to study in a foreign country, because I wanted to learn to be responsible for myself. In my home country, my family would have taken care of everything, and I would have gained less independency. I completed A-level studies in German at my High School College in India, but nevertheless it was a huge challenge when I first arrived here last year and could not understand much. It is now part of our weekly schedule to take German language courses twice a week. I find the classes very useful, but the grammar is rather difficult. When I go shopping, I still feel more confident with speaking English, but I think this will change in the long run. I did not know much about the German culture before coming here. However, my father and brother-in-law visited Germany before and they felt very much attracted to it. They both admire Germany for its good organization and suggested that it would be the ideal place in view of my studies.

Interviewer: When have you first developed an interest in mechanical issues?

Sagar: As a child, I was fascinated by cars. I used to open, fix and repair them. Later in life, I frequently visited automobile workshops with my father. During my high school time, I often met up with my Indian mates to do motorbike racing on the roads.

Interviewer: You live in the ID’s student accommodation. With how many students do you share your apartment, and from which countries? 

Sagar: I live in a single room in the ID, but I share the kitchen with 4 other students from South Africa, Germany, India and Japan.

Interviewer: What are your experiences of living together?

Sagar: You learn a lot for life in general when you live with people from different cultures. It is fun and it is interesting to discover different views and opinions. From time to time, we cook together and I have found out that German food is much less spicy than Indian food.

Interviewer: What is your opinion on the standard of your classes?

Sagar: The standard of the classes is very high and challenging. There is more research and practical work involved compared to Indian studies. The lecturers are helpful and take time to explain given issues during and after the course. They all have excellent English language skills.

Interviewer: Is there a lot of studying involved outside your classes?

Sagar: I think on average, I study two hours per day. We have to submit regular assignments in Mathematics and Engineering Mechanics which are marked by our lecturers. For the other subjects like Material Science and Chemistry we get homework, but no marks. We show our work to the tutors and in case of any problems they are available to help us.

Interviewer: What do you do in your spare time?

Sagar: I hold a membership for a private gym where I regularly do weight training. In the summer I play football and basketball with my classmates. I spend a lot of time chatting on the Internet, because I do not want to lose touch with my Indian friends.

Interviewer: Have you already made plans regarding your internship?

Sagar: No, I have not made any plans yet. The internship will start in September. It would be my dream to do an internship in an automobile company like Porsche or Daimler Chrysler. Ferrari, of course, would not be bad either.

Interviewer: What were your expectations before you arrived, and has the ID lived up to your expectations?

Sagar: One of my expectations was to meet students from all over the world, and now I am studying with an international group of people from 10 different countries. I was further- more attracted to the high standard of research at the University of Karls- ruhe. During the pre-semester we visited some of the institutes of the university where we were given short introductions into current research topics. This was a highly impressive experience and I remember especially the creation of a scaled-down model of a real car which was remote controlled. Overall I am really happy to have come here, I have no regrets whatsoever.

Interviewer: What are your impressions of Karlsruhe?

Sagar: It is a beautiful, well-planned city. The people are friendly and helpful and most of them speak English.

Interviewer: Do you have any improvements to suggest to the ID?

Sagar: It would be great if the ID could offer more scholarships and therefore create more opportunities for people to prove their talents. Personally, I am looking for a scholarship, too. It is not easy if you have to pay for all the expenses by yourself, although I know that the student fees at the Internati- onal Department are very affordable compared to other universities. But especially in India, there is a high potential of intelligent people who cannot afford to study abroad. The Indiwan government only reduces university fees for very good students who study in India. Unfortunately, they do not give any loans or financial support for studying at a foreign university.

Interviewer: What are you focusing on during the next few months?

Sagar: My exams are starting in February; this is why I am working very hard at the moment. My aim is to receive very good results. And then I am really looking forward to seeing my family, because I miss them very much. In India my father, mother, sister, her husband and their daughter – we all live in one house. I am happy to spend some time with them and my friends, so that I can return to the ID full of fresh energy.

Interviewer: Thank you very much for the interview and I wish you good luck for your exams.


Student Speak – 1

The best university for engineering in Germany and one of the best in the world.


Interviewer: Hello, Can. Would you please give us a short introduction about yourself and let our readers know about your educational background?

Can: Hello, My name is Can Inellioglu. I was born on 25 May 1990 in Izmir, Turkey. I studied in American Collegiate Institute of Izmir which is one of the best schools in Turkey.

Interviewer: How did you hear about the International Department (ID)? When did you first find out about the existence of Carl Benz School (CBS)?

Can: In 2008 November I went to the C.I.S Exhibition of Universities held in Istanbul. There I was mainly looking at the universities in the US and Canada because I wanted to study in English as I could speak it fluently. There were very few universities in Europe that provided education in English. A representative of CBS introduced me to the Mechanical Engineering program offered in English. The CBS is part of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) which is the best university for engineering in Germany and one of the best in the world.

I was very interested since I wanted to study Mechanical Engineering and they offered an English program. I knew Germany is the best in the world with their engineers and their brands such as BMW, Bosch, Siemens and lots more…  I was invited to visit the campus and so I went to Karlsruhe a month later. Then I knew I had to study there. The CBS had an English engineering program, it is the best in mechanical engineering and provided internships with the biggest companies in Germany. There are lots of international students so I could get to know other cultures and one of the most important reasons: German lessons are offered so I could learn another language while studying in English. 

Interviewer: When did you first developed an interest in mechanical issues?

Can: I have always been interested in machines. Especially cars and aircrafts. I grew up reading lots of books about aviation, automative industries and later I made my decision to become a qualified mechanical engineer.

Interviewer: You live in the ID’s student accommodation. With how many students do you share your apartment, and from which countries?

Can: I live in ID‘s student accommodation rooms. You can choose to live in a single or double room with your own or shared bathroom. I live in a single room. In the ID there are lots of students from a variety of countries such as Germany, Guatemala, Russia, Turkey, China, Korea, India, Brunei, Uruguay, Brazil and others. So it‘s a great opportunity to get to know people from different cultures and lifestyles. I really enjoy being here.

Interviewer: What do you do in your spare/ free time? Please tell us something about your hobbies and interests.

Can: In my free time I go out with friends, there are lots of opportunities and good bars, clubs etc… I also like to do sports. My favorites are windsurfing and swimming. I have been windsurfing for 6 years and swimming professionally for years. I also read about aviation and automotive industries. In the upcoming years I plan to attend flying courses and get my private pilot‘s licence which is my dream since I was 6 years old. In Karlsruhe you have tons of opportunities for extra-curricular activities.

Interviewer: Have you already made plans regarding your internship?

Can: Next year I want to do my basic internship of 6 weeks in BMW AG. if not, some other companies such as Daimler or Siemens etc…

Interviewer: What are your impressions of Karlsruhe?

Can: Karlsruhe is a great city to be a student in. Your every need is within a walking distance or if you are too lazy to walk than you can take the trams which go through almost every street throughout the city. So it is very easy and comfortable to live in Karlsruhe.

Interviewer: Could you shortly explain to us the purpose of the pre-semester?

Can: Before starting the first semester you have to attend pre-semester from August till October and after that you have exams in Chemistry, Math, Physics and English in October. You have to pass those exams in order to begin your education in KIT. The purpose of pre-semester is to get you ready for the tough and challenging bachelor program of KIT.


Emulating Germany’s Vocational System to Close Skill Gap in Engineering in Indiana

(Searching for some German engineering: Indiana might look to Germany’s vocational system for help closing skills gap – Maureen Hayden, CHNI Statehouse Bureau, INDIANAPOLIS)

Indiana’s effort to close the “skills gap” between what employers need and what job applicants offer might be inspired by a German education model that combines a high school education with on-the-job training.

On Monday, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence met with Germany’s ambassador to the U.S., Peter Ammon, who launched the German-backed Skills Initiative last year to help states improve their vocational education programs to make students work-ready when they graduate

The Skills Initiative program touts Germany’s dual system of vocational education that allows students to earn their high school degrees while working as apprentices in specific occupations.

Echoing what he said he hears from German companies doing business in the U.S., Ammon told an audience that included Pence, “America is a wonderful place to do business. But the lack of a properly trained workforce is where the bottleneck is.”

The message resonated with Pence, who wants to redesign the way vocational education is delivered in Indiana’s high schools and return vocational education to what he called its “proper place of prominence.”

Pence said the gap between what employers need and the skills that job applicants can offer is “absolutely real” in Indiana.

“What people don’t realize is that while we have more than a  quarter-million Hoosiers out of work, we have tens of thousands of jobs that are going unfilled,” Pence said. Many of those unfilled jobs are in Indiana’s manufacturing industry and require high-tech skills, but not a four-year college degree.

Indiana spends more than $100 million on vocational education for high school students, but Pence thinks the money needs to be better spent. Earlier this year, he signed legislation creating regional “works councils” tasked with partnering local schools with regional employers to develop vocational-education curriculum that will better serve both their needs.

Monday’s meeting between Ammon and Pence took place at the main campus of Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis, and was followed by a luncheon featuring Ammon talking to a group of business, education and government leaders.

Ammon said the dual system of vocational education in Germany has helped reduce youth unemployment by giving high school students the real world skills and education they need to find well-paying jobs while reducing the number of students with dead-end college degrees.

Germany offers vocational training for high school students in about 350 different occupations. About 75 percent of the cost is picked up by private employers, while the rest of the expense is paid for by the federal and state governments in Germany.

The dual education system in Germany dates back to 1969 and was developed as a way to address the nation’s skills gap, Ammon said.

Ammon also said there has been a trend toward “over-academicization” both in the U.S. and in Europe as countries work to improve their workers’ skills.

“The simple truth,” Ammon said, “is not everybody can become a neuroscientist, a lawyer or a financial wizard.”

There have been efforts in the past in Indiana to improve vocational education in high school, but the legislation signed by Pence that went into effect July 1 creates a new structure for evaluating how well schools are doing.

The regional works councils will be made up of employers and educators who will be charged with evaluating vocational opportunities for high school students in each region to see if they’re driven by local employers’ needs. The new law gives those works councils the authority to develop an alternative curriculum, which is subject to the approval of the State Board of Education.

— Maureen Hayden covers the Statehouse for the CNHI newspapers in Indiana. She can be reached at [email protected]


Curriculum in Mathematics Pre-semester


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Course Curriculum

Part I: Calculus


1) Basic concepts

Sets; set relations and operations.

2) Functions

Real-valued functions of one variable; graph of function; continuity;
polynomials; rational functions; algebraic functions; natural exponential
function; trigonometric functions; natural logarithmic function.

3) Differential calculus

First derivative; tangent; linear approximation; differential; product rule;
quotient rule; chain rule.

4) Limits

Definition; evaluation

5) de L’Hôpital’s rule

Criteria for application.

6) Integral calculus

Definite integrals; fundamental theorem of calculus; indefinite integrals;
integration by parts; substitution method; partial fractions
decomposition of rational functions.

Part II: Vector algebra


1) Basic concepts

Column vectors; row vectors; addition and scaling of vectors; linear
in-/dependence of vectors; vector basis.

2) Linear systems

Gaussian elimination; matrices; addition and scaling of matrices; matrix
product; linear maps.

3) Scalar product

Orthogonality of vectors; length of vector; normalisation; angle
subtended by two vectors; representations of planes in 3-D Euclidian

4) Decomposition of vectors

Components of vector with respect to given basis; projection of vector
onto other vectors.

5) Determinants

Area of parallelogram; volume of parallelepiped.

6) Vector product

Definition; properties; applications.


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Curriculum in Chemistry Pre-semester


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Course Curriculum

1) Atoms, Elements and the Periodic Table

  • Elementary particles
  • Elements
  • Electron shells and the periodic table
  • Chemical Formulae and stoichiometry
  • Avogadro’s constant and the mole

2) Covalent Bonding

  • The octet rule
  • Lewis (valence-bond) formulae
  • Simple reactions
  • Reaction enthalpie

3) Ionic Bonding

  • Formation of ions
  • Crystal lattices
  • Lattice energies
  • Bosch-Haber cycles

4) Bonding in Metals

  • Structures of metals
  • Hard and soft metals

5) Solutions

  • Concentration
  • Water as solvent
  • Salvation of ions and covalent compounds
  • Entropy and free enthalpy of solution
  • Dependence of solubility on temperature and pressure

6) Equilibria

  • Mass-action law and equilibrium constants
  • Position of equilibrium
  • Metastable systems
  • Catalysts
  • Solubility product

7) Acids and Bases

  • Br?nsted an Lewis theories
  • pH and ionic product of water
  • pKa and acid strength
  • calculation of pH in aqueous solutions
  • pH of basic solutions and pKb
  • proton transfer in solutions of metal salts and amphotericity
  • buffer solutions and indicators
  • Lewis acids and bases

8) Redox Reactions

  • Oxidation states
  • Oxidation and reduction
  • Redox equations
  • Electrochemical series

9) Electrochemistry

  • Electrolysis
  • Galvanic cells
  • Standard potentials
  • The hydrogen electrode
  • The Nernst-equation
  • Decomposition voltage and overvoltage
  • The lead accumulator
  • Local cell and corrosion

10) Selected Topics in Chemistry (topics to choose from)

  • Synthesis of Ammonia
  • Blast Furnace process and Steel production
  • Aluminium production
  • Production of sulphuric acid
  • Chemistry of metals
  • Chemistry of non-metals
  • Salts

11) Organic chemistry

  • Alcanes, Alcenes, Alcines
  • Alcohol
  • Carbonic acids
  • Ester
  • Synthetics and plastics


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