Incoming Students - Courses | KLU

Courses and Grades

Incoming exchange students can choose from KLU's excellent courses and will be part of KLU's student body during their semester abroad. Besides the lectures, the exchange students can join the intense extra-curricular program.


We expect incoming exchange students at KLU to have good academic skills.

The course descriptions are available online on our website:

Important note: the sixth bachelor semester ends in mid-March due to our students' thesis writing.

The module handbooks (includes workload and expected learning outcomes) can be downloaded as follows:

Undergraduate exchange students are allowed to choose from all undergraduate courses offered at KLU.

For graduate exchange students: We strongly recommend to choose courses either from the "M.Sc. Global Logistics" OR "M.Sc Management". If you are determined to combine courses of both classes time overlaps are possible.

Course Selection

Exchange students are allowed to take at maximum courses equivalent to 30 ECTS (European Credits Transfer System) per semester.

As a general rule you should consider 1 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) to be equivalent to 30 hours of workload. Please consult with your home university which courses will be creditable for your studies at home.

A preliminary choice of your courses has to be made

Fall semester: May 31st
Spring semester: October 31st

At the end of the first week of the lecture period (i.e. fall semester: second week of September, spring semester: third week of January) the exchange students have the opportunity to revise their selection of the KLU courses. Later changes are not possible. 

The Grading Scale

The grading scale used at KLU ranges from 1.0 to 5.0, being 1.0 and 1.3 an outstanding result (very good). The scale continues with 1.7 to 2.3 being 'good' as a result that is considerably better than average requirements. 2.7 to 3.3 is 'satisfactory' as a result meeting average requirements. 3.7 to 4.0 is still adequate. Students fail the course with a result of less than 4.0. Some courses are graded with a “pass” or “fail” without any further mark. (see in our module handbooks). Please consult with your home institution before you arrive at KLU if these courses can be recognized.

Courses without ECTS

Additionally, we might offer the following courses (no ECTS awarded):

  • Beginners course in German (fee approx. 120€)
    If you pass you will receive an official language certificate for this course.
  • Various "Meet the Pros" and career service sessions to establish your professional network in Hamburg


KLU for 2: KLU’s Language Tandem project

KLU’s Language Tandem program mediates language partnerships between two students who would like to learn each other’s native language. For instance, if your native language is Spanish and your tandem partner is German, you can improve your German language skills and your partner can practice his/her Spanish language skills with you.

If you would like to join KLU for 2, please register via this registration link!



International Office

Ulrike Schneider

Head of International Office

Tel.: +49 40 328707-142
E-mail: exchange(at)

Ursula Horst

International Office Assistant

Tel.: +49 40 328707-148
E-mail: exchange(at)