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 2019) to the student union (Studentenwerk) Karlsruhe.

Accordingly, the total costs per semester incl. contribution to the student union amount to € 4,207.70. 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!

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

Werner-Stober Scholarship

The ChangeMaker in Arts & Culture and the ChangeMaker & CareTaker scholarships offered by the Werner-Stober Stiftung in cooperation with Karlshochschule International University for those with a
strong compromise with the community‘s development and interested in pursuing studies in ”Arts and Cultural Management“ or ”International Business“, respectively; cover the full tuition
fees of the three-year Bachelor‘s program of election.

The application deadline for the winter semester 2019/2020 is June 30th  and the admission interviews will take place on July 15/16th 2019.

Scholarship donor

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 application deadline for the winter semester 2019/2020 is 30. June 2019.

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."

Scholarship donor


The income-independent Deutschlandstipendium with a monthly grant of € 300 is awarded by the Karlshochschule for one year each. Half of it is financed by the federal government; the other half comes from private donors. The selection criteria are outstanding achievements in school or university, social circumstances and social commitment.

If you are already studying at Karls, you have the possibility to apply for a Deutschlandstipendium with the following documents until June 15th each year:

  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Letter of motivation with explicit reference to the Deutschlandstipendium
  • Current Transcript of records (all grades are taken into account, including the previous winter semester)


US Department of Veterans Affairs

The Post- 9/11 GI Bill is an education benefit program from the US-Government for individuals who served on active duty after September 10, 2001.
You may be eligible if you served at least 90 aggregate days on active duty after September 10, 2001, or were honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability after serving 30 continuous days following September 10, 2001.
The benefits include up to 100% tuition and fees paid directly to the school.

Karlshochschule is approved as instituion and currently our programs BA International Relations and BA Politics, Philosophy and Economics are registered. Of course we are open to also register our other programs.