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Semester abroad at Karlshochschule

I imagine coming to Karlshochschule as an exchange student for my semester abroad. I am so glad I can do my semester abroad at a university where international and intercultural exchanges are so commonplace. I imagine to study at a small university where I get individual support with my application, preparation for my arrival, bureaucratic steps, and orientation upon arrival. During intercultural activities I can easily feel at home in Karlsruhe as well as represent my own culture and university back home.

Fact sheet 2023/2024

Eva Hilla de Menacho
Inbound Mobility Coordinator

Tel.: +49 721 48095-308

Application procedure

Exchange students attend Karlshochschule International University within the framework of official exchange agreements with our partner universities (ERASMUS+ or bilateral agreements). Exchange students can come for one semester or a full year as non-degree seeking students.

The exchange applications are managed via the exchange coordinator at the home institution, partner university of Karlshochschule. If you wish to come to Karlshochschule as an exchange student, please contact your home university coordinator first and ask him or her to nominate you to our International Office.

Nomination deadlines:

Studying in Fall term: May 15th

Studying in Spring term: November 15th

You can only apply via the application form for the upcoming semester and only if we have received a nomination from your home university.


Admission requirements:

  • Nomination from your home university
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Valid health insurance
  • NON-EU students: valid visa


Proof of English language proficiency B2 or above according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages:

We accept the following documents:

  • IELTS of 6.0 or above
  • Internet-based TOEFL score of at least 80 points
  • A confirmation of your English language level of B2 or higher from your International Office Coordinator or Language teacher.

Course Offers

As exchange student you will be integrated into the regular study programs. An overview of our bachelor programs can be found here. Additionally, to our bachelor programs, we offer different language courses on different levels. We strongly recommend exchange students to join a German course. The German courses will be offered for free during the semester.


Exchange students coming from our partner universities to Karlshochschule do not have to pay extra tuition fees at Karlshochschule.

Visiting students will have to pay tuition fees.

All students who wish to be enrolled in a German university need to pay the semester fee to the Studierendenwerk Karlsruhe (Karlsruhe Student Union), which is in charge of public student services and residence halls in Karlsruhe. These services also include psychological counseling, legal counsel, and other services. For more information see Studierendenwerk Karlsruhe. The fee is € 67.70€ per semester and we ask you for the payment during Orientation week.

My way to Karlsruhe

I imagine preparing my study abroad semester at Karlshochschule. Before coming to Karlshochschule there are certain formalities I have to consider, such as having a valid health insurance and a visa. Furthermore, it is important that I search for accommodation in Karlsruhe well in advance. On this site, I find relevant information on what I have to consider before entering Germany. The International Office advices me during my preparation.


Tipps for entry and residence

Orientation Program

During our orientation program prior to the semester start, the International Office helps you with all bureaucratic steps that need to be done when studying abroad, such as the registration at the city hall, applying for a residence permit, selection of a health insurance or opening a bank account. We will answer all of your questions regarding processes at Karls as well as daily life questions about living in Karlsruhe and Germany. Together with our KarlsBuddies we organize different activities to ensure you feel integrated quickly and will make the most out of your study abroad. Notice: If you start your semester in the Fall term, there will be a whole week of orientation with all new „freshie“ students that start their studies at Karls.

Find all important information on MyKarls and in our Exchange Student Guide.

Visiting Students

Your home university is not a partner university of Karlshochschule, but you still wish to do your semester abroad at Karlshochschule? You can come as a visiting student on a tuition fee basis. Please contact the International Office international(at) for more information on the application process.


Overview of fees and financing