What costs do I need to estimate for my studies?

We are convinced that the tuition fees really should not be considered as costs, but rather as an investment into your future. Still, it is crucial for you to consider the tuition fees, the living costs and the various means of financing them in advance.

The monthly tuition fees currently amount to € 690. You can either pay them monthly or annually. In addition, all students are required to pay a contribution of currently € 67.70 per semester (status as of 2016) to the student union (Studentenwerk) Karlsruhe.

Accordingly, the total costs per semester incl. contribution to the student union amount to € 4,270.70. If you graduate from your three-year study program within the regular study period, then, the total costs of your studies amount to € 25,246.20. For living and residing in Karlsruhe you should estimate approx. € 700 per month.

By the way, with your student ID card you are eligible to use the local public transport system from 6 p.m. for free every day.

Please inform yourself about possible scholarships and further sponsorship possibilities in your home country, too!


In the DAAD database you may also find various scholarships for international students.

AFS Scholarship

Our partner AFS grants scholarships for students in our Intercultural Management & Communication and International Relations study programs. In order to qualify for these scholarships you would need to have participated in an AFS program before.

Please submit the following documents in order to apply for an AFS scholarship:

  • General application form for study programs of the Karls incl. the further documents stated there
  • Letter of motivation explicitly referring to the scholarship for volunteers of AFS. Please describe your intercultural engagement in that, too.
  • Proof of your participation in an AFS program

The deadline for international applicants for the winter term 2017/2018 is 15 April 2017. The assessment day is going to take place on 8 May 2017.

Angelica Estevez, International Relations

"When I finished my CBYX-AFS exchange, I thought it would be the end of my intercultural experience. I was wrong. Studying at the Karls with the AFS Scholarship has been like a second exchange filled with just as many amazing opportunities, forever friends, unforgettable laughs, memories and joys as my first. Apply to the AFS Scholarship today, and begin your next three year exchange again."

Federal sponsorship

Even without being a German citizen you may be eligible for federal sponsorship (BAföG). This is specified in paragraph 8 of the Federal Education and Trainings Assistance Act (Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetz). As the legal regulation is very complex it is advisable for you to get in touch with the responsible Department for Education and Trainings Assistance (Amt für Ausbildungsförderung) as early as possible.

Aakash Shetty, Intercultural Management and Communication

"Decision of studying in Karlshochschule, was one of my best decision in my life. Personally, I believe the whole world can be experienced at this university. It is very international, open & full of people with different cultural background. In morning, I speak in English, by noon in German and by evening, I am learning French. This is only possible because this university is more like a community where every individual is part of it. And the best thing, even the professors & employees are part of this community. This helps in easy exchange of knowledge & information throughout the university. This helps me in quickly solving my doubts & problems regarding lecture,etc. And this knowledge & experience which I gain here truly helps me in making progress in my education & personal development. I am happy to study here, Cheers."