Frequently asked questions

Part-time MBA

Frequently asked questions

Part-time MBA

Here you will find the FAQ’s related to our part-time MBA program. We are doing our best at this time to keep the information on this page updated and accurate. If you have further questions, please let us know. We hope that you and those around you are staying safe and healthy during these times, and look forward to welcoming you at the KLU campus in the future!

Sincerely,

Your KLU MBA program team

Application Process

Please go to our program page, then click on the ‘apply now’ button, this will direct you to our online application.

Please download the application documents and apply online via our online application platform. Your application will be considered as soon as we have received all the required documents. Once the documents have been checked, you will have a short interview with the Academic Director to evaluate your personal and professional development and your potential for leadership. You will then be notified of the Admission Committee’s decision within 6-8 weeks.

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.

We encourage you to submit your application early not only for planning, preparation, visas, etc. but also so benefit from our early-bird discount.

For fully completed applications received by February 28th, you will be granted a 10% early-bird discount on the overall tuition upon enrollment. To be entitled for the discount you need to fully complete the online application form and submit it together with your transcript of records.

Please note, that the earl-bird discount cannot be combined with KLU scholarship.

No, there is no way to speed up the process, unfortunately. 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 to 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 email admission@the-klu.org.

To accept your place of study you need to sign and send back your study contracts and annexes.

No, MBA students are not required to pay a deposit.

If you have not 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.

Admission Requirements

Please note that there are multiple criteria in the eligibility check for our MBA program. An educated statement on your eligibility can only be made after you have submitted your complete application including all necessary application documents (e.g. transcript of records, degree certificate, employer’s statement, etc.) Usually KLU does not offer any pre-checks. Please check our program page for a full list of our admission requirements.

A complete application consists of:

  • Online application form
  • One copy of your undergraduate degree certificate
  • One copy of your complete university transcript (semester mark sheets), listing your subjects and grades (of all university degrees)
  • Approved, scanned English proficiency test score report (for non-native speakers of English)
  • Statement of purpose (two essay questions, included in the online application)
  • Three reference letters in the standard KLU form (forms can be downloaded here)
  • One certificate of your employer releasing you from work (if applicable)

Please provide certified translations of any documents that are not in English or German. Please note that the certification must also be in English or German.  

As an English speaking university in Germany, we can accept application documents in English or in German. If your documents are not in English or German, please contact a translation agency or your university might provide you with a translation online even in the current situation.

A certified translation has to be carried out by a ‘sworn translator’. It is certified by the translator or the translation company and accompanied by a signed statement confirming that the translation is accurate and complete to the best of the translator’s knowledge and ability. For the admissions process at KLU, either a translation into English or German is required. Usually British and local German Embassies provide a list of translation services on their website. Please refer to the respective embassy in your country for further information.

Tuition and Scholarships

You will find the scholarship application on our program page under Tuition and Scholarships. Please note that you must submit your application for the MBA program before submitting your scholarship application. Incomplete applicants will not be considered.

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

KLU offers an innovative financing plan called Brain Capital. In this plan, the KLU tuition fund may carry up to 50% to 100% of the cost of tuition for the program (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 degrees without having to pay full tuition that exceeds their financial resources. In return, they will commit themselves to making income-dependent payments after graduation.

KLU offers a variety of scholarships for MBA applicants.

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.

Language Requirements

There are several ways to prove your English language proficiency:

  • TOEFL (iBT: 90)*
  • TOEFL “MyBest Scores” (iBT: 90)
  • TOEFL “Special Home Edition” (iBT: 90)
  • IELTS Academic (band 6.5)*
  • CAE (grade C)/CPE (180 points)*

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

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.

In case you are unable to register for an English test due to the current situation and submit your test result before the study start, you can submit the test registration by November 15th, 2020 and hand in the results by January 15th, 2021. You will be admitted to KLU on the condition that you fulfill the English language requirements.

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 than those mentioned above), you may not need to complete a language proficiency test, providing that English proficiency was an admission requirement for your Bachelor study and can still be proven (according to KLU standards).

No, our MBA program is taught entirely in English. Therefore no German language skills are required for our program.

Contact us

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Lauren Rondestvedt

Program Manager (MBA Program)

Tel: +49 40 328707-185
Fax: +49 40 328707-109
mba@the-klu.org