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Quick questions, quick answers.
When does the Master's program start?
The master courses start in October (Fall term).
The PreMaster starts only in March.
Do I have to have a Bachelor's degree in Management or Business / Political Science or Social Studies in order to study the Master in Management / Master in Social TransFormation?
No. We will accept other undergraduate degree as qualification for the Master's program. However, you are required to have studied relevant management, business, economics / political science or Social Studies or scientific working modules worth the equivalent of at least 30 ECTS. The assessment of this will be executed by our admissions team upon reception of your complete application.
So, if I do not have the corresponding credits in these fields, does that mean I am not eligible to apply?
Not quite! Even in this case, we would find a way for you to study in our Master's program either by your personal life/work experiences or by the requirement to take up our PreMaster program in the fall term before the start of the Master's worth 30 ECTS, in order to acquire the necessary credits and knowledge.
What level of English is required?
For our Master programs we require a language level of C1 (GER). This corresponds to 100 points on the TOEFL ibt, or 6.5 points on the IELTS. Our admissions committee will decide with respect to recognizing other English language test results.
Who are the people in the Master programs at Karls? Where do they come from?
We are so proud of the fact that our Master programs representing many different countries and cultures. We have students from Asia, Africa, Middle East, South America, North America, and of course European students are in the program as well. Every group is different, but it's a great way to learn about different academic styles in different cultures and have a taste of globalization.
When can I send in my application?
Basically, you can submit your application any time throughout the year. The submission deadline for the Spring Term is February 15 and for the Fall Term (depending on your entry documents) no later than August 15.
Please note that if you want or need to join the PreMaster program in the Fall term the application deadline is August 15!
I still do not have my final transcript yet. Can I still send in my application without it?
Yes, this is possible. In this case, please apply using your most recent transcript. And of course, once you've completed your studies, it's essential that you send us your final transcript as soon as possible.
**With the exception of your final transcript, we will not begin reviewing your application until we've received your application in full, so please make sure to submit your application only if you have all documents prepared that are listed on our website.
How are student slots awarded at the Karls? Are they simply based on grades alone?
No, student slots at the Karls are not only awarded according to the final grade point average, but according to a separate 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, you will be invited to an individual admission interview with two representatives of the University if your formal application meets our admission requirements.
How long does the application process take?
We review applications on a rolling-basis and this means that you'll normally hear back from us no later than one or two weeks after submitting it – or a lot faster if the semester start is close by. We will send you an interview date, and on the day after your interview as to whether you've been accepted or not.
What can I expect in the interview?
The University wants to get a personal impression of you at the interview, ask about your previous experiences, dispositions and talents, and find out how you intend to acquire any skills you might be lacking. In this interview with two members of the admissions committee, you will also be able to decide for yourself if Karlshochschule is the right University for you.
When do the semesters start and end? Is there anything to do in the lecture-free periods between the semesters?
Spring term: Early March - Late June/Early July
Fall term: End of September - Early February
Each year may vary by a couple of weeks, though, depending on bank holidays, number of specializations offered, or availability of external lecturers.
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.
How often do I have class?
The class structure is designed quite uniquely and allows for lots of free time to study, work, or take other courses alongside your Master's classes. The semester is approx. 16 weeks long and you will have classes at least 12 of those 16 weeks on Wednesday evening, all-day on Thursday, and Friday mornings. Each module is taught in a block structure, so each week you'll spend those three days focused on one specific course. Each course will (ideal-typically) be taught in two blocks. Therefore, six courses multiplied by two blocks equals 12 weeks!
Can I work while I study?
As the lectures only take place on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, you are flexible in designing the rest of the week – for example by doing a part-time job. A number of Master's students have worked alongside their studies. If and how much time you can spend working is, of course, dependent on you. Everyone organizes themselves differently, can take stress differently, has different necessities etc. However, we do not recommend working more than 50%. You do need to keep in mind that the Master's is a full-time program. Accordingly, you will need to prepare and follow-up on lectures, do group work, prepare presentations and write scientific papers outside class. Make sure not to over-challenge yourself!
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 often offers supporting jobs in the different departments, as assistant to professors or in our library. You can enquire about these jobs at the beginning of the semester or wait for the vacancies to be published.
When it comes to accommodation, public transportation, and living expenses, how high will the costs of living are in Karlsruhe?
The cost of living in Germany for students are pretty reasonable compared to many other European countries. Here are the estimated monthly costs:
Rent: € 250 - 450
Food: € 150 - 200
Transportation: most people can walk or take a bike to uni, but if you need the train it costs about € 190/semester
Healthcare insurance: € 60
Communication (WiFi, mobile phone): € 30
Hobbies/leisure: € 55 - 75 €
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 AND they're always on Mondays and Tuesdays, meaning there's no conflict with your other Master's courses. 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. The cost of the language classes is included in the tuition fee.
How about accessibility?
There is an elevator on every floor (for disabled students only!).