Welcome to the IPS 2.0!

The International Project Semester 2.0 at htw saar is an English-language study program for international and local students offering them opportunity to benefit from the combination of a practical project and exciting courses. The close cooperation of htw saar with regional companies enables students to work on a real project in the engineering industry. The topics of the projects mainly focus on questions of engineering disciplines in the fields of Electrical Engineering, Mechatronics/Sensor Technology, Renewable Energies, Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Engineering. Before the start of the practical phase, the students are prepared for the project work in the company professionally, linguistically and interculturally. With self-organized learning, students are able to contribute ideas to their practical project, to shape it and to act independently and on their own responsibility. The IPS team accompanies the students throughout the semester and offers counseling, support and help.


Preparatory Phase

The Preparatory Phase takes 4 weeks and is designed to prepare participating students for the upcoming Project phase. Students will participate in modules about Intercultural Communication, Project Management and German language.

Project Phase

The Project Phase takes about 12 to 14 weeks and consists of the Work Experience Phase, technical modules at htw saar and the German course (for international students).

Students will be required to work on their company project on 4 days a week. The fifth day is resrved for studies at htw saar.

Final Phase

The Final Phase of the IPS 2.0 mainly focuses on the final presentation, exams and the submission of the final project report.


  • Project work at one company from the Saar region (20 ECTS)
  • Two elective courses from the School of Engineering (5 ECTS):
    • Introduction to Arduino
    • Embedded Systems and Simulink OR Sensor Systems
  • Project management (2 ECTS)
  • Intercultural Communication (0,5 ECTS)
  • Technical Case Study (2,5 ECTS)

Total: 30 ECTS

Prerequisites for admission

  • At least 120 ECTS in an engineering study program.
  • English proficiency required at least B2-level. German skills are not required, since the program is conducted in English only.
  • Bachelor students in Engineering Sciences from our partner universities and from htw saar.

Partner universities


European partner universities with which the htw saar has Erasmus+ cooperation in the field of engineering sciences (i.e. the universities whose students can apply for the IPS):

  • University of Zagreb (Croatia)
  • University College of Northern Denmark (Denmark)
  • ENIM Metz - Lorraine University (France)
  • LAB University of Applied Sciences (Finland) • Metropolia University of Applied Sciences (Finland)
  • TAMK University of Applied Sciences (Finland) • University of Luxembourg (Luxembourg)
  • Saxion University of Applied Sciences (Netherlands) • Lodz University of Technology (Poland)
  • Technical University of Iasi (Romania) • Universitatea Babeș-Bolyai (Romania)
  • Glasgow Caledonian University (Scotland) • University West (Sweden)
  • Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences (Switzerland)
  • University of Vigo (Spain)


Other partner universities whose students can apply for the International Project Semester:

  • UNIFACS Universidade Salvador (Brazil)
  • Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María (Chile)
  • Aoyama Gakuin University (Japan)
  • Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico)
  • Instituto Tecnológico de Mérida - Tecnológico Nacional de México (Mexico)
  • Clemson University (USA)


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IPS 2.0 SoSe 2023 Support Program

IPS 2.0 SoSe 2023 Course Book


Questions about the IPS
Anna Wetzling
Study coordinator | International Project Semester
t:+49 (0) 681 58 67- 99098

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


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