Welcome to MINT HOCH 3

international, interdisciplinary, innovative


MINT hoch 3 is a joint project of Reutlingen University and Heilbronn University as a part of the MINTplus – plusMINT programm of the Donors' Association.
The bilingual online module for international and German STEM students consists of 5 individual modules on STEM-relevant interdisciplinary topics. The goal is to teach future skills and prepare students for the global job market.

Free resource for STEM teachers and students:
On this page, the MINT hoch 3 modules, didactic material and other project results are available as Open Educational Resource (OER).

Project management: Karin Bukenberger (Hochschule Reutlingen)
and Dr. Alice Gruber (Hochschule Heilbronn)

Project Collaboration: Verena Brenner, Dr. Dr. Katja Herges, Anna Krüger

Project duration: August 2021 - September 2022

Intercultural Competence + STEM I


Basic module (mandatory module for international students)

  • Education system and STEM education an German universities
  • Forms of teaching and learning in home country and in Germany / interculutral sensitivity
  • Basics of intercultural competence
  • Perception and dealing with intercultural challenges
  • Peer learning and synchronous exchange on intercultural topics with international STEM students in higher semesters

Duration: approx. 10 hours

Intercultural Competence + STEM II

Advanced module (mandatory module)

  • Academic culture and scientific work in STEM in Germany (e.g. depending on the degree programme, including laboratories, protocols, reports)
  • Culture shock (in everyday and student life)
  • Cooperation in intercultural teams
  • Techniques of intercultural interaction based on case studies from the STEM fields
  • Technical terminology, German or English
  • Film project – Theme „Academic Culture Shock“. Reflection on students‘ own experiences in STEM studies

Duration: approx. 15 hours

STEM + Artificial Intelligence and Ethics

Elective Options:

1) Introductory course „AI Campus Data and Algorithm Ethics“ in German


2) „Fundamental Questions on AI“ in Englisch

  • The students work on individiual modules in consultation with the course instructor
  • The students discuss the content together in synchronous online lessons in the respective target language
  • Projects: in pairs or in small groups, focus on a topic chosen by the students in the context of ethics and AI
  • Project results: presented in an online session open to all members of staff and students from both universities

Duration: approx. 15 hours

STEM + Telecollaboration/Collaborative Online Inter-Institutional Learning between HHN- and HSRT-Students

Mandatory module

Project-based learning with a partner or in small groups via video conference (due to geographical distance)

  • Students choose a project idea together, depending on their interests and degree programme, in consultation with the instructor
  • Weekly collaboration
  • Goal: linking technical topics with socio-political issues and thereby training students to think critically and reflexively (example: autonomous driving)
  • Depending on the project partner and the target language, communication will take place either in German or English
  • Output: Project presentation in the form of videos, audios and infographics or a question and answer session as part of an online session

Duration: approx. 10 hours

Virtual Reality-Project + STEM

Elective module

Project work with VR: Digital storytelling / creative text production


1) Students shoot a 360° video (with 360° cameras or mobile phone)


2) Using VR glasses, students experience VR scenarios from their field of study

Example for a VR scenario for environment and process engineers: The Stanford Ocean Acidification Experience (https://vhil.stanford.edu/soae/).

The students then design a creative project (written or spoken text or art in VR, e.g. with Tilt Brush).

The results are presented in synchronous sessions – questions from fellow students and problems are discussed together.

Duration: approx. 10 hours

The cooperation partners of MINT-hoch3

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