Frequently Asked Questions

Application process

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. 

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.

No, there is no way to speed up the process. The applications are processed in the order we receive them.

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 admission@the-klu.org with the document as an attachment. We will make sure it is added to your application. 

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.

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 admission@the-klu.org , we will be able to take note of your first/second choices in your application record.

If you have not yet submitted your application, please delete your application. If you have already submitted your application, then please email admission@the-klu.org and let us know you would like to remove your application.

International Applicants

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.

No, international applicants pay the same amount of tuition fees as the German applicants.

Applicants from non-EU countries are required to pay an application fee of € 100. Your application will be processed after the application fee has been received.

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 admitted to KLU, we will send you your study agreement, the certificate of admission and your visa support letter.

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.

Admission Requirements

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). In addition, you must have either studied outside of Germany for at least one semester in your Bachelor’s degree or you must have done an internship abroad, which was officially part of your Bachelor's degree 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.

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).

Please send us officially translated versions of your documents, either in English or in German, together with the original documents.

A complete application consists of your school certificate or Bachelor’s degree including transcripts of records, your proof of English language proficiency, and your statement of purpose. Students may choose to submit additional relevant documents. You can still submit your application if you have not yet completed your proof of English language proficiency. Please provide us with the date you plan to complete it.

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.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

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.

There are several possibilities to finance your studies, e.g. through Brain Capital, KLU merit-based scholarships, external scholarships or a student loan. 

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 2.0), 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.

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.

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.

General Information

You can find a first overview of the next semester dates here. Please just use it as a general guideline. All KLU fall semesters, taking place at the KLU Hamburg campus, start September 1st. Once you begin your studies, you will receive your academic calendar for the year. If you have further questions please get in touch with us via study@the-klu.org.

Normally, it is not possible. However, you can make a request in severe cases like pregnancy, family issues and other emergency situations.

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).

Common features

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.

Differences

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*

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

Internship

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.

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.

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. 

Language Requirements

There are several ways to prove your English language proficiency:

- TOEFL (iBT: 90)*

- IELTS (band 6.5)*

- CAE (grade C) / CPE (180 points)*

- FCE Cambridge English (grade A)*

- Pearson PTE Academic (score 61)*

- IB certificates (for Bachelor's and Master's program)

In case of admission, please note that you will need an official score report (hardcopy) for the enrolment. Therefore, please name KLU if possible when registering for a test (TOEFL institutional code is 7373).

*Test score reports should not be older than two years at the time of application.

Applicable for MSc Management & MSc Global Logistics and SCM:

- Bachelor degree in English, if proof of English language proficiency was an admission requirement and can still be proven (according to the above mentioned KLU standards).

- English high school qualification in a native speaker country combined with a Bachelor's degree in a language different to English.

No, all students are required to complete an English language proficiency test, unless they are nationals of Canada (excluding Quebec), USA, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia or New Zealand, with English as their native language, or completed their entire degree in one of these countries. 

Yes, you are able to apply without proving your English language proficiency. You are able to submit proof later on.

If you completed your entire degree in English in Canada (excluding Quebec), 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 (all countries, other then those mentioned above), you may not need to complete a language proficiency test, providing that English language proficiency was an admission requirement for your Bachelor study and can still be proven (according to KLU standards).

No German language skills are required as all our study programs are taught entirely in English.