The important questions at a glance

  • Our fall term starts on September 1, our spring term starts on March 1.

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.


Besides the language classes, all our programs are completely taught in English.

For our B.A. programs, English language skills on level C1 (CEFR) are required. We also accept IELTS (min. of 6.5 band score) and TOEFL (min. of 100 points) certificates.

For our International Foundation Year, you need to show proof of level B2 (IELTS 6.0 band score, TOEFL 80 points).

If you are a native speaking person, you are not required to hand in additional certificates. If English was the medium of instruction throughout your school/university education, a statement letter from your educational institution regarding the medium of instruction is required. In any case, we remain the right to obtain further certificates if needed.”


Basically, you can submit your application to us at any time throughout the year – provided there are still student slots available.

The application deadline for applicants from EU-countries is September 15 of each year. The deadline for non-EU applicants is July 15 of each year. Exceptions can be made – just contact the Admissions Team. However, we recommend applying as early as possible. On the one hand, we can only offer a limited number of spots and we are working on a first come – first served basis. On the other hand, administrative tasks like getting a student visa or finding accommodation nearby the university can be time-consuming processes.

Of course, this is possible. Please apply using your latest transcript of grades. Your final transcript must then be handed as soon as possible. If we grant you admission based on the latest transcript of grades, our offer will be conditional. If no bigger changes regarding your grades occurred when you receive your final school leaving certificate, we will turn our conditional offer into an unconditional one.

As specific legal regulations need to be considered when it comes to university entrance in Germany, this is a very individual topic. Detailed information on the recognition of international school leaving certificates can be found here: When in doubt, feel free to contact our Admissions Team!

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.

Our limited student slots are awarded according to the order in which the signed student contracts are received. Once applicants successfully complete the admission interview, 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.

You should expect a timeframe of 4-6 weeks from the day of submitting your application to the day of receiving your study contract.

No - The study program is designed as a full-time program.

As a private, non-profit university, we can only run our institution if we charge tuition fees. Currently, the monthly tuition is € 790.-. This amount is applicable to all our programs.

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. 

There are no extra fees for international students.

Detailed information on options for financial aid can be found here.

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.    

Karlsruhe offers a variety of job opportunities in many sectors: from big, medium-sized and small companies in various branches, public offices, 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 sometimes offers supporting jobs in the different departments - as assistant to professors, in the marketing department or at our library. You can enquire about these jobs at the beginning of the semester.

The living costs in Germany for students are pretty reasonable compared to many other European cities. As of February 2023, 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 € 180/semester Karlsruher Verkehrsverbund KVV
  • Fun money: up to you!

As a small university located in the city center, we cannot offer student housing directly at the university. However, the student union Karlsruhe offers affordable rooms all over the city – many of our students are using this option!

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.

Of course! We have an extra orientation week for all our students prior to the beginning of the lectures which is packed with informational and cultural events. We provide information on nearly everything - from administrative topics like your city registration to more fun ones like guiding you through the Karlsruhe nightlife. Specific information on financing your studies, running the visa process, or finding accommodation will also be provided throughout the admissions process.

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