Studying at ZAK

Today, interdisciplinary education is more important than ever. Key qualifications that equip students, academic elites and future decision-makers with hands-on know-how and critical discernment are a necessity that is increasingly being acknowledged -- and universities are increasingly involved in developing teaching concepts to adequately disseminate those skills.

At ZAK we offer, due to our qualified lecturers from within and outside university, a variety of opportunities to facilitate a better understanding of the complex modern society we live in. We see the task of interdisciplinary education not only as the dissemination of informative knowledge and the acquirement of critical understanding, but also as an instigation to be socially responsible and actively involved in shaping our society.

Our library is located at the ZAK. It offers a good selection of relevant books in the area of Cultural Studies. The library is open to all students.

A warm welcome to all international students!

We offer seminars both in English and German which are open to all students – no matter if you’re a full-time student at KIT or only here for a limited time. We will be happy to work in intercultural groups, allowing new perspectives on topics of global relevance. We foster the intercultural exchange at KIT both through communication and learning together


Courses taught in English

See ZAK Registration for a list of English seminars!

The complete list of seminars at ZAK offered both in English and German can be found in our ZAK-Anmeldekalender


How to earn credit points (Leistungspunkte/ECTS)

Generally, you can gain between 2 and 6 credit points by successfully completing a course offered by ZAK.
Please note that there are courses where ONLY 1 or 2 points can be gained, depending on the course content and amount of hours. For further details on how many credits you can gain in each course, please refer to the course description either in the course catalogue or in the online registration calendar. Please also always consult the lecturer in the beginning of the course to make sure to agree upon the tasks you will do during the course and the number of credits you will gain for them.

Usually, you would have to accomplish the following tasks in order to obtain a certain number of credits:

  • 2 credit points: active participation in the course + short presentation etc.
  • 3 credit points: active participation in the course + short presentation, write a log or a short paper, etc.
  • 4 credit points: active participation in the course + presentation + written paper (8-10 pages = 24.000-30.000 characters) or oral exam (20 minutes) or written exam
  • 5 credit points: active participation in the course + presentation + written paper (10-12 pages = 30.000 - 45.000 characters) or oral exam (45 minutes) or written exam
  • 6 credit points: active participation in the course + presentation + written paper (15-20 pages = 45.000 – 60.000 characters). By arrangement it is possible to take an oral exam or to write an exam

Please follow the standard style and citation rules for scientific papers. Whenever referring to someone else’s thoughts or quoting directly or indirectly from another publication, references must be included in your text and the attached List of References.

For style and citation rules please refer to the MLA Formatting and Style Guide.

ZAK teaching programmes


Anti-plagiarism declaration

If you want to write a paper for any of the ZAK courses, please be aware that you should meet the well-established academic standards. Any material used from the work of others (in books, articles, essays, on the internet, etc.) must be acknowledged, and quotations and paraphrases should clearly be indicated. Together with your paper you need to hand in the signed plagiarism declaration which you can download here.


Interdisciplinary Qualifying Modules

With the interdisciplinary qualifying modules, the ZAK offers a variety of opportunities for complementary education at the KIT. The Centre thus allows for the interlocking of specialized education with interdisciplinary key skills, which professional associations and companies have long been demanding. The university attests the obtained credits as an additional academic qualification.
In order to participate in the qualifying modules students are required to register at the ZAK which is possible at any time.
All modules comprise topics at the crossroads of technology, society and culture from an interdisciplinary perspective:

  • DiMa – Diversity Management
  • EURIIS – European Integration and Institutional Studies
  • FunD – Führungskompetenz und unternehmerisches Denken (Leadership Skills and Entrepreneurial Thinking)
  • INTER-ACT – Internationalisierung und Interkulturelle Handlungskompetenz (Internationalization and Intercultural Decision-making and Responsibility)
  • MeKKo – Medien-Kultur-Kommunikation (Media-Culture-Communication) (Jean Monnet Programme)
  • Studium Generale klassisch – (Classical General Studies)
  • MTF – Musik – Theater – Film (Music – Theatre – Film)


Key Skills – Modules for BA/MA-Students

The BA/MA regulations for students include the module “key skills” (Schlüsselqualifikationen), being a mandatory area of electives.
Every semester, the ZAK offers a broad variety of courses dealing with social and cultural topics. Students acquire key skills that are important not only for their professional career, but also for their studies and for the society as a whole.

As most courses are taught in German, a good working knowledge of German is essential.


Teaching Staff

About 70 of the roughly 180 lectures and seminars of a semester programme of Studium Generale are taught by lecturers of the ZAK teaching staff. These lecturers are experts from within and outside university and offer a wide variety from the fields of science, research, economy, culture, administration, and politics, all bringing extensive professional experience into the seminars and lectures.