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 also inform yourself about possible scholarships and further sponsorship possibilities in your home country!

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Public Funding - BaföG

In Germany, there are different possibilities to finance your studies via public grants or loans. As a general rule, though, the accessibility of these funds is restricted to German and EU/EEA citizens, students with a settlement permit or recognized refugees or asylum seekers. In short, they are accessible for students that have a prospect of staying in Germany on a long-term basis.

Karlshochschule students that meet these criteria may be entitled to apply for financial assistance via the Federal Training Assistance Act, BAföG for short. BAföG is sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). It provides students with the financial means to cover their living expenses throughout their studies, provided that their own and their parents’ income or assets are not sufficient. The maximum award per month for students in higher education is currently 735 Euros. Half of the support is provided in the form of a grant, the other half is an interest-free state loan totalling not more than 10,000 Euros. Please note that non-EU students that come into Germany on a regular student visa are NOT considered eligible. More information on the specific conditions and rules can be found here.

The Studierendenwerk Karlsruhe will assist you in applying and can give you further information on the possibilities of financing your studies.

Public Loans

There are also public loans that may be accessible to international students under certain circumstances. Together with the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) and the Federal Office of Administration, the BMBF grants the Education Loan. Another possibility for financing your studies is the Student Loan granted by the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW). Both loans are granted idependently of BaföG and income.

The Reverse Generation Contract (UGV) - CHANCEN eG

We would like to make it easier for qualified young people to study at the Karlshochschule by enabling them to study regardless of their personal financial background. In cooperation with CHANCEN eG, we also offer the Reverse Generation Contract (UGV).

With this model, CHANCEN eG assumes the study costs. In return, the students commit themselves to enabling the next generation to do the same: as soon as they are in employment, they pay back a percentage of their income to finance subsequent study places.


Scholarships by DAAD

The DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) is the largest German support organization in the field of international academic co-operation and, at the same time, the world’s largest funding organisation for the international exchange of students and researchers. The DAAD's scholarship database contains numerous scholarship offers for study, teaching visits and research projects in Germany. For Karls international students, the scholarships may be relevant for the Master programs, exchange semesters or for temporary short-term grants throughout their undergraduate program. The DAAD database also integrates scholarship possibilities offered by other institutions.

Detailed information on financing an exchange semester at Karlshochschule is available on the page of our International Office.

Weltwärts Scholarship

Karlshochschule has a cooperation with the program weltwärts which is a program for volunteer services funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). weltwärts promotes global learning and through its “incoming” components receives volunteers from abroad to volunteer for German organizations in Germany.

The Weltwärts - scholarship for Karlshochschule offers an ideal opportunity for young people who would like to work for a sustainable and fair global development in their future profession. Volunteers who have done their voluntary service in Germany as part of the incoming program can also apply for the Weltwärts scholarship! The scholarship is offered for both our Bachelor and Master program.

In order to apply for the weltwärts scholarship, fill out the normal online application for the study program you are interested in. When asked on how to finance your studies, mark the checkbox "scholarship" and specify that you are applying for the weltwärts scholarship.

For an application for the scholarship we need the following documents:     

  • General application for admission to study at Karlshochschule International University along with the documents specified therein
  • Letter of motivation for studying at Karlshochschule (Why do you want to study at Karlshochschule?)
  • Letter of motivation for the scholarship (Why do you qualify for the scholarship?)
  • A proof of your participation in a Weltwärts-volunteer service

The application deadline for the winter semester 2021/2022 is May 28, 2021.

More details are available in the weltwärts-scholarship brochure for international volunteers in Germany here.

Note: weltwärts / Engagement Global does not cover any costs. Contents / representations are within the responsibility of Karlshochschule.

Micha Frey, Weltwärts scholarship holder

"Karls offers me the ideal environment for my studies of International Relations. In small groups with students from all over the world and in the interactive lectures I have space here to learn exactly what I am interested in: The consequences and opportunities that a globalized world entails."

U.S. 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  an approved institution for our programs BA International Relations and BA Politics, Philosophy and Economics. Of course, we are open to also register our other programs.

Further public and private scholarships

In addition of financing your studies through public grants or loans, there are a number of public and private scholarships available. These include scholarships through the federally funded "Begabtenförderungswerke". These are organizations that provide scholarships to especially gifted students. Currently, there are 13 organizations under the umbrella of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, most of them party-affiliated or denominational foundations and some of them independent. They represent the ideological diversity of German society and grant scholarships to students with an outstanding academic performance and / or a high level or civic engagement.

However, most of these foundations have the same citizenship and residence requirements specified by BAföG. Some of them have special programs for international students, though! The DAAD Website gives a good summary of the specifications.

Most scholarships include a monthly lump sum for study costs of € 300 and, depending on your own financial situation, you can also receive a living allowance of up to € 735. The allowance is calculated by BAföG criteria.

Apart from that, a good overview of potential scholarship providers can be found in the database "Stipendienlotse" of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.