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 € 4,207.70. 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!

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 2018/2019 is June 30,2018 and the admission interviews will take place on July 12,2018.

Scholarship donor

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.


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 application deadline for the winter semester 2018/2019 is 15 April 2018 and the admission interviews will take place on 2 and 3 May 2018.

Scholarship donor

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."