Preparation Program

Preparation Program

As the German Abitur (high school leaving certificate) is held to such a high standard, it is often quite difficult for international applicants to meet the equivalent. With international high school diplomas, direct entry is usually not an option. In order to bridge the gap, KLU offers students the opportunity to complete our Preparation Program before continuing on to our Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

For business studies you will take a combination of subject courses, as well as introductory German (identified as a necessity by the state, if you do not already have proof of German A.2). The program prepares you for the Feststellungsprüfung (FSP), which is an entry exam conducted in Hamburg. You will take the FSP at the end of the program, and upon passing you will be eligible to start your Bachelor studies at KLU. 

If you are interested in this program, please enquire by sending an email to

My name is Giovana, I am from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Be-fore starting my bachelors at KLU, I took part in the KLU Preparation Program (Studienkolleg in German) in Berlin. The program lasted for one year and it is required by the German government for most international students wanting to study at a German university. In this program, I gained basic knowledge of economics,  mathematics, and geopolitics. It was a good introduction to the  German approach to academia, and the knowledge I acquired there has helped me during my lectures.

Giovana Brunelli Kornfeld, Graduate KLU Preparation Program


QualificationUniversity admission examination / Feststellungsprüfung (granting you the qualification necessary to study the BSc in Business Administration at KLU)
Durationapproximately 10 months full-time

11.360€* (Preparation program including A1 and A2 German)
6.816€* (Preparation program without German courses - must be able to prove at least German A2 language knowledge prior to program)

*subject to change


Full-time preparatory course (W-Kurs) for students that do not meet the criteria to study in Germany (you are welcome to first do an initial check on the DAAD website).

  • Subject-related classes
  • German language course, up to A2

Please apply via the online application, which opens November 1st every year.
If you know your eligiblity, please apply directly for the Preparation Program.
Our Admissions team will check your eligiblity for both the Preparation Program and the Bachelors of Science. Successful admission will be granted for both programs.

Please note:

It is possible to apply for the shortened (without German Language course) Preparation Program. Additional language requirements are needed before the start of the program:

The Preparation Program is generally for international students who do not meet the criteria to study directly at the university level in Germany, or who have the wrong combination of courses in the IB Diploma.


KLU Campus Hamburg, Hafencity

General Timeline

Please note these are approximate dates for the 2022 intake. Please note there may be slight changes as we get closer to the start of the program, a more detailed schedule will be posted. If making travel arrangements, please first confirm with us.

  • 01.09.2022 – 12.2020 Studienkolleg (Subject courses & German courses (if necessary)) / Part 1
  • 01.2021 – 04.2021 Studienkolleg (Subject courses & German courses (if necessary)) / Part 2
  • 05.2021 – 06.2021 Feststellungsprüfung (Final examinations)  

We encourage students to take Germen lauguage, up to A2, before the start of the program. This allows for a lighter course load, and more flexiblity. For more information please email or call +49 40 328 707-160.