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 at our partner institution Berlin International College in Berlin.

For business studies you 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

Unfortunately, we have to inform you that KLU is suspending the Preparation program for Fall 2021. The reason for this is the difficult ongoing situation due to the global Covid-19 pandemic.  We are available to provide support and information on pathways to KLU if you remain interested.  


QualificationUniversity admission examination / Feststellungsprüfung (granting you the qualification necessary to study the BSc in Business Administration at KLU)
Duration10 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)


Full-time preparatory course (W-Kurs) for students that do not meet the criteria to study in Germany

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

Please apply via the online application. Please apply directly for the Preparation Program. Our Admissions team will check your eligiblity for the Preparation Program and the Bachelors of Science. Successful admission will be granted for both programs.

Please note:

It is still possible to apply for the shortened (without German Language course) Preparation Program. This program is for students not eligible to study directly at the Bachelors level in Germany. You are welcome to first do an initial check on the DAAD website, and let us know the results. We encourage all interested applicants to apply.

Additional language requirements are needed before the start of the program:

  • All Students: Minimum C1 English Language skills  (with proof)
  • Students planning the shortened program: Minimum A2 German Language skills (with proof)  *

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.


Berlin International College in Berlin


Please note these are approximate dates. If making travel arrangements, please first confirm with us.

  • 28.05.2021 – 16.07.2021 German Language Course A1(if necessary)
  • 02.08.2021 – 01.10.2021 German Language Course A2 (if necessary)
  • 08.10.2021 – 17.12.2021 Studienkolleg (Subject courses) / Part 1
  • 04.01.2022 – 13.04.2022 Studienkolleg (Subject courses) / Part 2
  • 26.04.2022 – 03.06.2022 Feststellungsprüfung (Students will have 3 final exams during this time period) 

We encourage students to take German language, up to A2, before the start of the program, including an exam as per our German Lauguage Standards. This allows for a shortened program, and more flexiblity. If you are unable to test your German prior to the program, we encourage you to participate in the German language course. For more information please email or call +49 40 328 707-160.


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Nicole Martinetti

Student Recruitment & Marketing Manager (BSc & Preparation Program)

Kühne Logistics University - KLU

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Kim Lukosch

Student Recruitment & Marketing Manager (BSc & Preparation Program)

Kühne Logistics University GmbH