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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 are 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 students' knowledge, initiative, creativity, and responsibility, accompanied by lectures at the htw saar. On the other days, you will work in a normal shift from mid-April 2021 until the end of July 2021. 
  3. In the final and third part, you will study for the exams, prepare the final presentation and the final report. Don't forget that in the final part you will also be at the company!
  • The project work is a technological task, including various non-technological aspects like project management. The project will take place in one of our five selected companies in the Saar region within a group of three and five students from various countries and different disciplines during one semester. The working language is English.

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

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

How will be the evaluation?

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

What are the advantages of it?

  • The International Project Semester prepares students for working in an intercultural context while studying in 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 for working in the more global and cross-cultural environment of the future by working on complex engineering problems.
  • This project also offers the students the possibility to do international networking in German companies.



... cost of living

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

According to the DAAD, a student's average monthly budget in Germany ranges from 725€ to 865€. This 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 needs to 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. This means that higher costs arise at the start (and end) of the semester.


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 European partner universities can make use of ERASMUS+ funding. The students may ask their International Offices for funding their internship of the IPS.

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 a proof of exemption for the German statutory health insurance („Bescheinigung über die Befreiung von der Krankenversicherungspflicht“). Students need to submit this proof of exemption when they enrol at htw saar. The EHIC itself should be presented whenever you consult a doctor.

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”.

    To use the pre-reservation service, a form will be made available in the application portal. You will also receive notification and additional information on the topic of accommodation together with 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 offer in the course of February. 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. You can also find more information about accommodation in the study guide 2019/20 (on page 39).
  • The Study coordinator can help by the search for accommodation for the students of IPS.

 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 have to buy a ticket from Hanweiler.)

Is the internship during the IPS paid?

  • You may use a scholarship of Erasmus+ from your home university.



... Saarbrücken and surroundings

Why Saarland?

  • Located in the heart of the so-called Saar-Lor-Lux triangle, Saarland is strongly influenced by its neighbours 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 at all!
  • With over 990 000 and 2570km², Saarland is the smallest of the German federal states. Around one-third of Saarland is covered by forest. With its rolling hills and river landscape, it is trendy for hiking and other outdoor activities.
  • The southwest of Germany, which includes Saarland and its neighbouring state Rhineland-Palatinate and Baden-Württemberg, is known to be 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, and forward-thinking city, boasting an attractive historic city centre 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 it is in the large metropoles. However, it can be a bit 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 a 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:


Courses during the internship:


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Questions about the IPS

Study coordinator | International Project Semester

Julia C. Spatzek



Questions about the application for the IPS

Incomings | International Office

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





Industry partners in the Saar region