The important questions at a glance

When does the semester start and end? Is there anything to do in the lecture-free periods between the semesters? 

  • Spring semester: March 1 - June 30 (each year may very a day or two)
  • Fall semester: End of September - January 31 

That means you have (theoretically) the whole month of February, July, August and most of September free from lectures, but in some cases, you might have projects or papers that you need to write during your free time. This, however, is dependent on your effectiveness and time-management skills throughout the semester.

**These assignments can typically be completed from anywhere in the world, so there should be no problem with traveling/visiting home.

How long does the study program take? 

Assuming you pass all of your exams, you don't take any semesters off, and you write your Bachelor Thesis on time, it should take six semesters (three years). This is the amount of time our program requires, however some students have personal reasons why the program may take a bit longer.

Do I need prior business economics knowledge to study at Karlshochschule? 

Nope.

In what language are the classes taught? 

Mostly in English, however for some study programs, students can choose to take the first two semesters in a combination of German and English. Starting in the third semester ALL courses will be taught in English, but no need to fear, you'll be prepared for it!

How good should my English skills be? 

All applicants should be at a B2 level of English. We will review Secondary School Certificate Grades in order to check this requirement. If your grades are not at the appropriate level, we will check your English skills in the interview, and if they're still not quite at the level they need to be, but we'd like to have you here at the University, we'll ask you to take an English test at Karlshochschule that must be passed before your contract is valid.

All international applicants – aside those who are native English speakers, or lived for over 15 years in an English-speaking country – must provide an internationally recognized test to prove their English proficiency. This is equivalent to a language level of C1 (GER). This corresponds to 100 points on the TOEFL IbT, or 6.5 points on the IELTS. The admissions committee will decide with respect to recognizing other English language test results.

And for the Study Programs that start in English? 

All applicants should be at a C1 (GER) level of English for the programs that will start in English. This can be proved through your grades in your Secondary School Certificate, or by the completion of an internationally recognized test to prove your English proficiency. This is equivalent to a language level of C1 (GER). This corresponds to 100 points on the TOEFL IbT, or 6.5 points on the IELTS. The admissions committee will decide with respect to recognizing other English language test results.

What math skills are required? 

We expect all of our students to have a minimum grade of "satisfactory" in the subject of math. University applicants without the necessary minimum grade are required by their student contract to take a one-hour written entrance test. Passing this exam will satisfy the entrance requirement in math. This kind of a test contains questions that involve math skills learned for the university-entrance diploma, including

1. calculating with real numbers (fractions, roots, exponents)
2. rational functions with integers and fractions
3. exponential functions and logarithm functions (calculation rules, graphs)
4. solving quadratic equations
5. calculating the intersection of two straight lines
6. calculating differentials and integrals for functions of one variable
7. sketching curves 

Every summer, we offer math preparation courses that are especially designed to prepare you for the requirements of the math test. However, even applicants who do not meet the contractual requirement can take advantage of the preparation course to improve their math skills and to take part in an intensive math review.

When can I send in my application? 

Basically, you can submit your application to us at any time throughout the year – provided there are still student slots available. The submission deadline is August 31 of each year for all EU citizens and April 15 of each year for non-EU citizens (simply due to the extra processing time required to examine the documents, as well as the lengthy Visa application process). We have been known to make a few exceptions, but only after consultation with our Admissions department.

I still do not have my final transcript. Can I sign up even if I do not have this and then submit my transcript later? 

Yes, this is possible. Please apply using your transcript from the previous year (before graduating). Naturally, the final transcript must be sent in afterwards as soon as possible. If your final grades in Math and English are under the minimum requirements, we will be able to verify your qualifications with a proficiency test. If you still do not attain the required proficiency score at that time, then we reserve the right to cancel your student contract.

What kind of Secondary School Certificate/Transcript do I need in order to study at a German University? 

Every country has different requirements therefore we typically base our decisions on the requirements set by the universities in your home country. However, if you have any questions, feel free to contact our Admissions Team and they'd be happy to answer any special questions regarding your country's requirements.

How are student slots awarded at Karlshochschule? Are they simply based on grades alone? 

No, student slots at Karlshochschule are not only awarded according to the final grade point average, but also to a selection process that also factors in experiences, dispositions, and talents conducive to the objective of the study program, as well. For the purpose of examining personal qualifications, a multiphase procedure is conducted, which we will describe in more detail here.

In what order are applicants admitted to the study programs? 

Our limited student slots are awarded according to the order in which the signed student contracts are received. Once applicants successfully complete the assessment workshop, a study slot is guaranteed to them for at least two weeks. If this time period elapses, the study slot can only be claimed if there are still slots free in the chosen study program.

How long does the application process take? 

We have application cycles throughout the year that are roughly two months in length. That means if you apply at the beginning of the two month cycle, it might take a few weeks before you hear a response, but if you apply towards the end of the cycle it might only take a few days.

What do you need to be aware of if you graduated from a school in another country or attended an international school? 

If you have a foreign school certificate, the International Baccalaureate Diploma is also applicable, as long as you have your documents examined by the relevant accreditation office of the German state in which you live. The office will then issue you a certificate that is equivalent to a comparable local school diploma. You can receive more information on this page.

What can I expect in the "KarlsDay – Your way to admission"? 

The University wants to get a personal impression of you at the KarlsDay, ask about your previous experiences, dispositions and talents, and find out how you intend to acquire any skills you might be lacking. In an interview with two members of the admissions committee, you will also be able to verify once again for yourself whether Karlshochschule is the right university for you.

Is there an option to graduate with a Bachelor's degree as a part-time student? 

Nope, the study program is designed as a full-time program.

How high are the tuition fees? 

Tuition fees are only paid on a monthly basis, but here's a table to show how the fees break down over a semester or year: 

  • 24,840 € for the entire program!  
  • 8,280 € per year x 3 years
  • 4,140 € per semester x 6 semesters
  • 690 € per month x 36 months

What do my tuition fees include? 

Tuition fees cover the costs of things such as classroom supplies, up-to-date high-tech equipment, library books, and guest professors. These costs do NOT include things such as housing, food, or transportation. 

Do I have to pay more as an international student? 

Nope! There are no extra fees for international students.

What kind of financial aid options are available? 

We accept all forms of scholarships or financial aid, but at the moment we do not offer any private scholarships offered directly through Karlshochschule itself. 

To what extent does Karlshochschule help with the search for internship positions? 

Our career service will be happy to support you in your search for the right internship. We provide information on internship offers and company descriptions and will gladly advise you when you develop your application strategy, compile your application documents, and prepare for your interview.    

How likely is it for me to find a job in Karlsruhe? Does the University offer student jobs as well? 

Karlsruhe offers a variety of job opportunities in many sectors: from big, medium-sized and small companies in various branches, public offices (e.g. foreign embassies), social and cultural institutions, to a large number of retail stores, bars and restaurants. Depending on the company or institution, however, at least a basic level of German language ability may be required. The University itself oftentimes offers supporting jobs in the different departments, as assistant to professors or as barista at the KarlsCafé. You can enquire about these jobs at the beginning of the semester.

When it comes to accommodation, mobility and living expenses, how high will the costs for that be? 

The living costs in Germany for students are pretty reasonable compared to many other European cities. As of May 2015, here are the estimated monthly costs:

  • Rent: € 250 - 350
  • Food: € 150 - 200
  • Transportation: most people can walk or take a bike to school, but if you need the train it costs about € 190/semester
  • Fun money: up to you!

Where can I find accommodation for Karlsruhe? Does the University offer student housing? 

The University has one apartment complex in the city, but the rooms are very limited. We do however have an agreement with the other housing complexes in the city, meaning that all of our students are welcome to apply to any of those apartments/dorms. If you're having any difficulties finding a place to stay, we can give you some tips! 

If I want to learn German or improve my language skills in English, how can I do that? 

Good news, we offer language classes here at the Karls! You have to register before the beginning of the semester, and if you already have some prior knowledge of whichever language, you'll be asked to take a placement test.

As an international student coming to Karlsruhe, do I get any support by the University to settle in? 

Of course! We have an extra orientation day for our international students. We provide you with a check-list with detailed instructions on everything from how to open a German bank account or how to file for your visa within Germany. You'll also receive your own Student Adviser and they'll be your personal mentor to help you with your immediate questions you might have during your first few weeks here in Karlsruhe.

How about accessibility? 

There is an elevator on every floor. All rooms are accessible for people with disabilities.