How can I apply for KLU?
Please go to the program page you wish to apply for, then click on the ‘apply now’ button, this will direct you to our online application.
How long do I have to wait before I find out if my application to KLU has been accepted?
We will consider your application as soon as we have received all the required documents and will notify you of the Admission Committee's decision within 6-8 weeks.
Is there a way to speed up the application process?
No, there is no way to speed up the process. The applications are processed in the order we receive them.
I forgot to upload a document, what can I do?
As long as you have not submitted your application yet, you can still make changes to it. If you have submitted your application, then please email email@example.com with the document as an attachment. We will make sure it is added to your application.
I want to add or alter information, what can I do?
You can log-in your account at any time to add or alter information. When you first signed up, you would have received a link and password, please use this for all future logins. If you have already submitted your application, you can no longer add anything to your application. Please contact the Office of Admissions.
I want to change the degree program (first or second choice), what can I do?
If you have not yet submitted your application, then you are able to create a new application and change your options. If you have already submitted your application, then you cannot adjust anything. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org , we will be able to take note of your first/second choices in your application record.
I do not want to proceed with my application, what can I do?
If you have not yet submitted your application, please delete your application. If you have already submitted your application, then please email email@example.com and let us know you would like to remove your application.
What is the application deadline for international students?
In general, we advise our international students to apply as early as possible in order to receive the student visa on time. Please keep in mind that the visa process can take several months. Our suggested deadline is March 31st.
Is there a different fee for international students?
No, international applicants pay the same amount of tuition fees as the German applicants.
Is there an application fee?
No, there is no application fee upfront. We require an administrative fee of €50 for Bachelors and €100 for Masters for non-EU applicants, to be paid once you have been admitted to KLU.
I need to apply for a visa. When will I receive the necessary documents from KLU?
International applicants have to make sure to apply early enough, so there is still enough time left for visa application. The KLU application process can take 6-8 weeks. Visa application can take another couple of weeks or months. Once you have been accepted, you will have to pay an administration fee (non-EU applicants only). When we receive this fee, we will send you your study agreement.
I received a student applicant visa support letter. Does this mean I am automatically accepted by KLU?
No. This letter is only a confirmation of your application and not a letter of acceptance or rejection! It confirms only that you have applied to the KLU and is supposed to give you important information regarding entering Germany with a student applicant visa. You should only enter Germany with your student applicant visa once you have formally accepted your study offer.
What are the prerequisites in order to do the fast track in the Master Programs?
In order to qualify for the fast track Master program, your previous Bachelor’s degree must comprise of at least 210 ECTS points (German standard) and you must have studied outside of Germany for at least one semester in your Bachelor’s degree.
What are the prerequisites in order to stay in opt out of the semester abroad in my Master Program?
We encourage all students to participate in the study abroad program. Students are able to stay in Hamburg for their third semester if they have completed their entire bachelors degree outside of Germany, and have graduated within the last 5 years.
Can I apply even though I do not have my high school degree / Bachelor’s degree yet?
Yes, you can apply at KLU prior to receiving your final school certificate or Bachelor’s degree. We kindly ask you to submit your last 3 transcripts, and notify us when to expect your final transcripts (at the latest July 31st).
My previous education is in a language other than English or German, what should I do?
Please send us officially translated versions of your documents, either in English or in German, together with the original documents.
What information and documents do I have to provide in order to submit a complete application?
A complete application consists of your school certificate or Bachelor’s degree including transcripts of records, your TOEFL or IELTS test and your statement of purpose. Students may choose to submit additional relevant documents.
Scholarships & Financial Aid
How can I apply for a scholarship?
You can apply for scholarships, once you have applied to KLU. You will not be considered for the scholarships, unless your application has been accepted prior to the scholarship deadline. We cannot make exceptions while processing applications, and scholarship applicants must apply early.
How can I finance my studies?
There are several possibilities to finance your studies, e.g. through Brain Capital, KLU merit-based scholarships, external scholarships or a student loan.
Will KLU help me finance my degree?
KLU offers a limited number of merit-based scholarships. These scholarships cover 50% to 100% of tuition. Applicants are chosen based on outstanding academic performance (GPA less than or equal to 1.5), social commitment, and extracurricular activities.
Plus, KLU offers an innovative financing plan called Brain Capital. In this plan, the KLU tuition fund may carry up 50% to 100% of the cost of tuition for the program (but not the cost of living). Applicants from non-OECD countries do not receive a full funding of the tuition but only up to 50%.
Students can pursue their degree without having to pay full tuition that exceeds their financial resources. In return, they will commit themselves to making income-dependent payments after graduation. For more information please visit our financial options page.
Can I deduct tuition from my taxes?*
In Germany, tuition can be claimed on tax returns and the tax savings can be used to partially finance students’ degrees.
All master’s degree students can claim all the costs of their degree program as anticipated income-related expenses before graduating and after completing their vocational training, and carry them forward over their time enrolled as cumulative losses – assuming they had no or very little income in that time. Loss carry-forwards make this possible: the losses that students incur because they are studying are offset from their incomes after graduation in subsequent years. This reduces the income for which taxes are due. The costs associated with the semester abroad and tuition are deductible.
It is only possible to take advantage of loss carry-forward if the degree program is a second degree (master’s degree after the bachelor’s or a bachelor’s degree after an apprenticeship). The costs of first degrees can be deducted as a special expense up to a limit of €6,000. Study-related expenses only have an effect in the same year and only result in tax benefits for people whose incomes are high enough that they actually pay income tax in Germany. The Federal Constitutional Court is reviewing the regulation regarding the costs of the first degree. For this reason, students should always claim their study-related expenses as income-related expenses on their income tax returns.
If students participate in the brain capital plan and defer payment of tuition fees, the fees can be deducted as soon as payment is initiated (outflow principle).
*non-committal statement as KLU is not allowed to act as a tax advisor.
Are there any external scholarships?
Yes, there are several external scholarships which you can apply for. DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) offers an extensive scholarship database. Moreover, there are several merit-based educational scholarships.
Is there an overview about the semester dates/breaks (academic calendar)?
Once you start your studies, you will receive your academic calendar for the year. This is not posted online, as it differs from program to program. General rule of thumb is that all KLU fall semesters, taking place at the KLU Hamburg campus, start September 1st.
Is it possible to take a gap semester/year?
Normally, it is not possible. However, you can make a request in severe cases like pregnancy, family issues and other emergency situations.
What value for money does KLU offer its students?
KLU provides an ideal environment for learning: small classes, an excellent student-professor ratio, a state-of-the-art campus and easy access to relevant information in our library. The university administration also offers extensive support services: a unique career and job orientation program, a well-structured degree program and support in planning and organizing the semester abroad. Our student services team helps our students on day-to-day issues. And at KLU, world-class professors who are thought leaders in their fields teach the students.
A degree from KLU starts paying the day your career begins. KLU graduates earn above-average entry-level pay. The average entry-level annual salary for KLU graduates of the MSc programs living in Germany is 15% higher than the average salary of graduates from MSc in Management programs in Germany (Source: KLU Alumni Survey 2016 / stepstone.de).
What does KLU offer in comparison to state universities?
Both KLU students and state university students graduate with outstanding analytical and methodological skills and excellent knowledge of general business administration. All the degree programs at KLU must pass the same accreditation process as the state universities. Agencies commissioned by the German Council of Science and Humanities verify the quality of the degree programs and the study environment.
Students at state universities often complain about crowded lecture halls, but KLU offers small classes and intensive, personal teaching and support. Students at huge universities often feel anonymous, but KLU encourages an intimate atmosphere of trust characterized by mutual respect.
Students often describe their studies at state universities as too theoretical without any relationship to actual practice. KLU establishes a relationship to practice with project work, planning games, simulations, excursions, and lectures by people who work at renowned companies.
Thanks to tuition and funding from the Kühne Foundation, KLU has a state-of-the-art campus and rooms, up-to-date teaching materials, and a high level of service. State universities often have to make do with out-of-date technical equipment and shabby buildings and rooms.
The curricula at KLU are well organized and planned in detail. Our students graduate after the normal number of semesters, which is often not possible at state universities in Germany (Source: destatis: Hochschulen auf einen Blick Ausgabe 2016 (Universities at a Glance 2016 edition): median total duration of degree program for bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration: bachelor’s: 6.8 semesters; master’s: 11.3 semesters). Because they graduate on time, our students launch their careers earlier and earn money sooner.
*Please note, some additional conditions may apply*
What are the basic IB Diploma prerequisites to be eligible to study at KLU?
6 examination courses with at least IB grade 4. These must include:
- 2 language courses (level A or B)
- 1 science course (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
- 1 mathematics course
- 1 social science course (History, Geography, Economics)
- 1 additional course
3 courses on „Higher Level“ must include:
- A mathematics or a science course (Biology, Chemistry or Physics)
- 2 additional courses (from the above-mentioned courses)
This information contains the basic prerequisites under which the IB Diploma can be eligible as university entry to the KLU. The evaluation of the requirements must be conducted individually and carefully by the Admissions Office, once the applicant has uploaded their complete application documents.
Am I able to return to my home country for my study abroad?
No, the goal of the semester abroad is to gain international experience, therefore going to your home country does not build your international portfolio.
Do you have partner universities?
Yes, we have over 50 partnerships around the world. For more information regarding out partnerships, check out our International Office page. *Please note that the partner and places available are subject to change.
Do I have to go to a partner university?
No, if you would like, you can take part in your semester abroad as a ‘Free Mover’. When considering a free mover exchange it is crucial that students make sure that the academic content and quality at the exchange destination corresponds with that of KLU. As a general rule, free movers of KLU should be enrolled as non-degree students at the host university. For more information on study abroad and free movers click here.
Will the courses from my study abroad semester be recognized upon my return?
Yes, courses from the study abroad period can be recognized and should belong to the fields of Management, Logistics, Economics and Leadership Skills. For more information, please go here, and look under course selection.
How will I choose the study abroad destination?
The places are allocated by the International Office, taking into account the average grade as well as a motivation letter, explaining the reasons of choosing this particular partner.
Do you offer ERASMUS+ scholarships for your students?
Yes, KLU takes part in the ERASMUS+ program which enables us to support students going to another ERASMUS+ university with a small monthly sum for their study abroad period. More information can be found on our website. Please note that not all of our European partners are ERASMUS+ partners.
Do I still need to do an internship if I have previous work experience?
Yes, internships are a mandatory component for our programs, and although you may have other work experience, you will still need to complete an internship.
Does KLU provide any help in finding an internship?
At KLU, our Career Services are able to assist you in finding an internship. They provide resume support, mock interviews, and general guidance for the application process. For more information on the Career Services for KLU Students click here.
Does the internship need to take place abroad or is it possible to stay in Germany?
Students have freedom when it comes to their internship, if they would like to stay in Germany they can, if they would like to return to their home country they can, and if they would like to go somewhere new, they can.
Can I get a TOEFL, IELTS or CAE / CPE waiver?
No, all students are required to complete an English language proficiency test, unless they come from Canada, USA, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia or New Zealand, or completed their entire degree in one of these countries.
What scores do I need to prove my English language proficiency?
For studies at KLU you are required to complete a TOEFL iBT test with a score of 90, an IELTS (academic) test with a score of 6.5 or a Cambridge English: Advanced or Cambridge English: Proficiency with grade C.
Can I still apply even if I don’t have my English Language results yet?
Yes, you are able to apply without proving your English language proficiency. You are able to submit proof later on.
I did my Bachelors at an English speaking university, do I still need to do a language test?
If you completed your entire degree in English in Canada, USA, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia or New Zealand, then you do not need to complete a language proficiency test.
If you studied in English in a non-English speaking country (a country other than Canada, USA, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia or New Zealand) you still need to complete an English language proficiency test.
Do I need to be able to speak German?
No German language skills are required as all our study programs are entirely taught in English.