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 in Berlin. 

All interested students are asked to apply for our Bachelor of Science Program and if you do not satisfy the German eligibility requirements for studying your bachelors degree at KLU, you could be eligible to enroll in the Preparation Program. Once you have submitted all of your documents, our admission team will review your application and depending on your eligibility offer a study spot.

For business studies you take a combination of subject courses, as well as introductory German (identified as a necessity by the state). 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. 


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 for the BSc in Business Administration program (if you do not satisfy the requirements for the Bachelor's program, you could be eligible to enroll in the Preparation Program).

Please note:

It is still possible to apply for our Preparation Program (for students not eligible to study directly at the Bachelors level in Germany). Please first do an initial check on the DAAD website, and get in contact with us if you meet the following criteria: 

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 partner institution in Berlin


All dates in brackets are not yet confirmed

27.08.2018 – 05.10.2018German A1
05.10.2018German A1 final examination
08.10.2018 – 21.12.2018Studienkolleg (Subject courses and German A2) / Part 1
22.12.2018 - 01.01.2019Winter break
02.01.2019 - 26.04.2019Studienkolleg (Subject courses and German A2) / Part 2
16.03.2019German A2 final examination
04.05.2019German A2 final examination (retry)
(06.05.2019 – 21.06.2019)Feststellunsprüfung (Final examinations)


*Students may be eligible for a shortened program if they can prove at least A2 German language knowledge. For more information please email or call +49 40 328 707-157.


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Nicole Martinetti

Student Recruitment Manager (BSc & Preparation Program)

Tel: +49 40 328707-157
Fax: +49 40 328707-109

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Amelie Ryschka

Head of Student Advising and Enrollment

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