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Topics concerning the International Project Semester (IPS) program at the htw saar

… your benefits from the IPS

... cost of living

… financing, health insurance, Accommodation

… Saarbrücken and surroundings

... courses during the IPS



... your benefits from the IPS

What is the IPS?

  • The International Project Semester prepares students with the necessary skills to face today's world economy's challenges. International and interdisciplinary student teams work on engineering projects in the industrial sector, carefully selected to match students' specializations and capabilities and develop their intercultural communication and teamwork skills.
  • The IPS is a program offered by htw saar in Saarbrücken. It is a five-month course addressed to students of the 5th semester from engineering (minimum of 120 ECTS), designed to work in international and interdisciplinary teams.

How does the IPS work?

  • The semester is divided into three parts: 
  1. The first part compromises short intensive courses at htw saar to prepare you for the next part.
  2. The second part is a project-based program that focuses on developing the student's knowledge, initiative, creativity, and responsibility, accompanied by lectures at the htw saar. On the other days, you will work a regular shift at the chosen company.
  3. The final part is where you prepare for the exams, submissions, and final presentations.
  • The project work is technological, including various non-technological aspects like project management. The project will occur in one of our selected companies in the Saar region within a group of three and five students from various countries and disciplines during one semester. The working language is English.


The IPS in the summer semester 2023:

Start: March 20, 2023

Preparatory phase: Lectures on project management,/team building, intercultural communication, German intensive course

Project phase: Project work at one company four days a week & courses at htw saar during one day a week

The final phase: Exams, submissions, final presentation

End: July 31, 2023


Will I receive a certificate at the end of the IPS?

  • After all accomplishments, you will receive a traineeship certificate from the industrial partners, plus a transcript of records listing all modules you have passed with 30 ECTS credits.


How will the evaluation be?

  • The evaluation starts with the courses' exams (see the individual module descriptions), a midterm presentation, a final group report, the company's final presentation, and final exams.


What are its advantages?

  • The International Project Semester prepares students for working in an intercultural context while studying for a problem-based project. Its international and intercultural context lets the students exchange various experiences and learn from differences in approach and attitude due to the group member's internationality.
  • The IPS enriches academic education with a more practical angle and prepares students to work in a more global and cross-cultural environment by working on complex engineering problems.
  • This project also offers the students the possibility to do international networking with German companies.



... cost of living

At present, there are no tuition fees at htw saar. However, all students have to pay the semester fee (see

According to the DAAD, a student's average monthly budget in Germany ranges from 725€ to 865€. This amount includes accommodation, travel expenses, food, clothing, learning material, health insurance, phone, internet, radio and television fees, and leisure activities expenses.


Sample Monthly Budget:

300€ Accommodation (incl. utilities)

165€ Food

93€ Statutory student health insurance

82€ Travel

68€ Leisure activities/culture/sport

60€ Clothes

30€ Books/study materials

18€ License fee for public broadcasting

17€ Internet/telephone


833€ Sum*


This amount does not include the semester fee, which must be paid before every semester (as part of enrolment). Additionally, accommodation providers usually require a refundable security deposit at the start of your rental agreement and sometimes a cleaning service fee upon the rental contract termination. Therefore, higher costs arise at the semester's beginning (and end).


More information and detailed average living expenses can be found on

*This is only a rough guide, and students may spend more or less than these amounts.



... financing, health insurance, Accommodation

Will I receive a scholarship?

  • Students from our partner universities can make use of ERASMUS+ funding. In addition, the students may ask their International Offices for funding for their exchange for the IPS.
  • NEW: Or apply for our scholarship.


What about health insurance?

  • Students from an EU or EFTA member state must provide an EHIC chip card (European Health Insurance Card) as proof that they are insured in their home country. After arrival in Saarbrücken on presentation of the EHIC card to a German health insurance fund in Germany, you will receive proof of exemption for the German statutory health insurance ("Bescheinigung über die Befreiung von der Krankenversicherungspflicht "). Students must submit this proof of exemption when they enroll at htw saar. In addition, the EHIC itself should be presented whenever you consult a doctor. 
  • For more detailed information, see:
  • Information Sheet Health Insurance
  • Information Sheet Insurances


Will the IPS help me by searching for my Accommodation in Saarbrücken?

  • Please note that htw saar does not have any own student residence but is offering a pre-reservation service for accommodation providers with which we cooperate. You can find the first overview of information on the housing options on under "Accommodation."

    A form will be made available in the application portal to use the pre-reservation service. You will also receive notification and additional information on the topic of accommodation and your admission letter. The pre-reservation service form for Accommodation will be available online in the application portal by mid of January. The accommodation providers will, in turn, contact the students with their accommodation offers in February or August/September. Please note that if you do not make use of the pre-reservation service, we will not assist you with finding Accommodation.

  • To have an overview of the situation of the accommodations in Saarbrücken, click here.


 Will the company or the IPS provide me with transportation?

  • The semester fee at htw saar includes a semester ticket for public transportation (SaarVV). It is valid on all buses and local trains (RB, RE, and Saarbahn) in Saarland. It does not apply to long-distance trains (IC, EC, ICE). You can take regional trains and buses to the Saarland border and the Saarbahn to Sarreguemines. (However, if you want to take the train to Sarreguemines, you must buy a ticket from Hanweiler.)


Is the project work at the company during the IPS paid?

  • You may use a scholarship (Erasmus+) from your home university or our scholarship.



... Saarbrücken and surroundings

Why Saarland?

  • Located in the heart of the so-called Saar-Lor-Lux triangle, Saarland is strongly influenced by its neighbors France and Luxembourg. That's why Saarland has an excellent location - in the heart of Europe. Therefore, day trips to the Lorraine region of France or Luxembourg, which are only a stone's throw away, represent no problem!
  • With over 990 000 and 2570km², Saarland is the smallest of the German federal states. Around one-third of Saarland is covered by forest. Its rolling hills and river landscape are trendy for hiking and outdoor activities.
  • The southwest of Germany, which includes Saarland and its neighboring state Rhineland-Palatinate and Baden-Württemberg, is the sunniest region in Germany. The climate is temperate, meaning relatively mild winters with only occasional periods of below-freezing point temperatures and pleasant summers with typical daytime temperatures between 20 and 28 degrees Celsius.
  • For many years, mining and the steel industry were the most important elements in the economy of the Saarland. Today, the focus is on new industries, technologies, and services, for example, automotive and suppliers, software, and health technology.


Why Saarbrücken?

  • Saarbrücken, with a population of over 180 000, is the capital city of the German federal state of Saarland, its name meaning literally "Saar river bridge." It is a modern, forward-looking, forward-thinking city, boasting an attractive historic city center and varied cultural and recreational amenities.
  • Saarbrücken inhabitants, or "Saarländer "in general, are lively, outgoing, and enjoy the good things in life ("Savoir Vivre" -Paris is not far away), but at the same time are very grounded and have a strong sense of their local identity.
  • Compared to other university cities in the western part of Germany, living expenses in Saarbrücken are relatively affordable, and students' housing situation is not as difficult as in the large metropoles. However, it can be challenging at the beginning of the academic year.
  • Being home to people from about 150 different nationalities and over 23.000 students from four academic institutions of higher education makes Saarbrücken a unique, intercultural, open-minded, and lively student-oriented city located in the heart of Europe.
  • In the city of Saarbrücken is a broad spectrum of activities to fill your free time: museums, theatres, sports facilities, an illustrious culinary offer, and lively nightlife.
  • Besides, the surrounding area is worth visiting. Smaller cities around Saarbrücken are just as charming and historical as the capital city itself.



 ... courses during the IPS


Courses during the preparatory phase:


During the project phase:


Access the Moodle platform for detailed information:



IPS Flyer 2023





Questions about the IPS

Study coordinator | International Project Semester

Anna Wetzling


Questions about the application

Incomings | International Office

t:+49 (0) 681 58 67- 654


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Industrial partners in the Saar region with previous cooperation