Continuing Education


Are you looking for opportunities to continue your education? There are a number of possibilities, but only a few in English.


The local Volkshochschule (vhs) provides courses in just about everything from yoga to computers to philosophy. Language of instruction is German and is for personal improvement (no degree). Language and integration courses are also offered including exams — look for Deutsch als Fremdsprache.

The local University of Applied Sciences offers seminars, short-term intensive courses and weekend courses on special topics in English.

For distance learning, there are two great possibilities. The FernUniversität in Hagen is the only state-sponsored distance learning institute in Germany and now has a regional office in Karlsruhe (info in German).  All courses are taught in German, so you do need to prove you have a grasp on the language (e.g., TestDaF). For courses in English, the UK's Open University has more than 1,200 students in Germany - of many different nationalities - striving towards undergraduate or postgraduate degrees.

For educational courses and programs in Germany taught in English, look on the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) site. Here you can see which Universities offer which degrees for your area of interest.

In nearby Pforzheim, you can obtain an MBA in International Management — this is a full-time graduate program taught in English. Requirements for admission are an undergraduate degree, GRE or GMAT test and 2 yrs work experience.


The Karlsruhe music school (KONS - Badisches Konservatorium) has classes for all ages starting from 6 months old to adult. These includes musical instruments, voice lessons, choir singing and music theory - all in German. The website states when someone is available for consultation and/or to try out certain instruments before committing to a class.