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Karlshochschule International University


Program Snapshot

Karlshochschule International University is a private, state-accredited university providing a career-focused management education, with a strong international and intercultural orientation. Students enjoy an individualized education, with small classes and student-focused advising. Study entirely in English in fields of Business, Management, Communication and Tourism and spend your free time in one of the city’s numerous cafés, shopping streets or on a trip to the vineyards of the Black Forest.

Karlshochschule is located in the center of Karlsruhe, a lively cultural and academic hub situated in the Rhine river plain, between the Black Forest and Alsace. The region is well known both for its mild climate and many attractive tourist destinations such as Heidelberg, Baden-Baden and Lake Constance, and for its dynamic industrial and technological development, with the highest concentration of researchers in Europe.

ISEP Exchange: undergraduate and graduate programs available for an academic year or semester

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.

Chance of Placement
ISEP Exchange chance of placement is generally Excellent for US students, and Excellent for I-to-I students. For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students or Sites Open for I-to-I Applications.

Program Dates
Academic year: Late September to end of June
Semester 1: Late September to end of January (for students doing a company project: beginning of February)
Semester 2: End of February to end of June (for students doing a company project: beginning of July)

Fast Facts
Karlsruhe, Germany (pop. 290,000)
Student Enrollment: 500
Language of instruction: English, some German
University Home Page
Course Catalog
International Office Homepage

Please note that for advising purposes Karlshochschule can be considered an English language site. All academic programs are taught in English from sophomore year (second year) on. International Business is taught entirely in English.

Faculty of Business Administration and Management
  • International Business
  • Intercultural Management and Communication
  • International Marketing Management
  • International Energy Management
  • Management (Master program)
Faculty of Management and Performance
  • International Tourism Management
  • International Event Management
  • Arts and Cultural Management
  • International Media Management
  • Management (Master program)

Courses for Graduate (Masters) Level
Master of Arts in Management. Students who wish to take Master-level courses should contact the International Office beforehand. They need to have a first academic degree of at least three years duration in the area of business administration, management, economics or a related field. The program prepares students to take on responsibility in non-familiar, ambiguous and complex management situations in companies and non-profit organizations, using interdisciplinary and critical methods from cultural, social and economic sciences. Specializations are possible in Culture & Performance, Creativity & Innovation, Brand, New Media, Critical Tourism, Finance, Intercultural Competence, Human Resources & Diversity. More information on our Management program can be found here: http://karlshochschule.de/en/my-studies/master-of-arts-in-management/.

Academic Notes
Karlshochschule International University welcomes students from all over the world to Karlsruhe. The university is shaped by students and employees, who come from China, Chile, Egypt, Finland, France, Great Britain, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Mexico, Russia, Spain and the United States – making us an inter­national and open-minded university! Students will participate in lively discussions with international and German students. Karlshochschule invites you to ask questions both in and outside the classroom.


Transcripts are generally released in July for Semester 1, in February for Semester 2 and in July for the Full Year. Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the student’s home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Language Notes
NO PRIOR GERMAN REQUIRED. Applicants who are not native English speakers must submit one of the following proofs of language proficiency:
  • A minimum official TOEFL of 80 (Bachelor) / 100 (Master) (CBT) or
  • A minimum official IELTS score of 6.0 (Bachelor) / 6.5 Master or
  • A certificate of a level of B2 (Bachelor) / C1 (Master) according to the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) or
The ISEP Language Proficiency Report may be substituted for TOEFL scores for students from Austria, Belgium, Botswana, Denmark, Fiji, Finland, Germany, Ghana, Iceland, Malta, Norway, the Netherlands, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, the American University of Bulgaria, or the American University of Sharjah (UAE).

  • A minimum of 4 semesters of university-level German or the equivalent must be completed prior to program in order to enroll in university-level courses taught in German
  • Semi-Intensive German language courses are offered in addition to regular classes during the academic year and/or semester for Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced levels. [4 contact hours week: 4 ECTS.]
  • International students can participate in our TANDEM program, where they will be matched with a German student; the tandem partners organize private meetings during which they can practice their language skills and explore different cultures.

  • Note: The host institution ultimately determines your proficiency level and course eligibility.

    Special Academic Conditions
    There are prerequisites for certain classes. Space in some classes may be limited. Students who wish to take Master-level courses should contact ISEP Central before applying. First-year courses in all Bachelor programs except for International Business, which is taught in English throughout, require fluency in the German language.

    Hints for Researching Courses
    The course catalogue contains brief descriptions of all modules. More detailed module descriptions, including form of assessment, workload, literature, etc., are available on the program pages of our website:
    1. From the main website, choose “My studies”
    2. You will then find a list of all degree programs offered. Choose the program you are interested in
    3. Click on “Course Structure” on the left bar
    4. On the right-hand side, you will find a section called “More information?” with links to a number of documents relating to the structure of the degree program in question. From these, choose “Description of modules”
    Researching courses in English on a German university homepage can be difficult and confusing. Here find a quick guide to navigating a university website, finding courses in both English and German, and some translations of common words and major fields of study.
    Download the ISEP Guide to Course Selection

Housing and Meals
Most students live in their own room in an apartment shared with other (German or international) students. Other available options include residence hall rooms or a room with a host family. We try to fulfill individual wishes of all incoming students as much as possible. Chances of getting the requested option depend on when the housing sheet has been submitted and also on whether the student responds quickly to any questions we may have. All housing options are also available during the Christmas vacation and the semester break in February. Karlsruhe has an excellent public transport system, and all housing options can be easily reached by tram, bus or train. The fare for local transportation is included in the “semester ticket” that students receive as part of the city’s welcome package upon registration.

Students receive a meal stipend that to prepare their own meals. As the university is located in the city center, many shops and restaurants are in walking distance.


You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: optional fees (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), books, local transportation, entertainment, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount needed will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Your personal expenses per month, including books, are estimated at: 200 Euros per month. This will vary by personal spending and consumption habits.

The orientation program covers a meeting with the student advisors and the International Office, organizational issues (health insurance, registration in the city, opening a bank account, technical facilities, library), academic issues (information about classes and scheduling, language placements, introduction to scientific work), information about social activities, language tandems, sports and events, as well as a guided tour through the university and the city. In the fall semester, the orientation program is more comprehensive and also includes company visits and special workshops, e.g. a creativity workshop.

Students arriving on the Official Arrival Dates will be met at the local train station by the Student Advisers if given notice at least TWO WEEKS before the official arrival date. Otherwise, students should follow arrival directions in Guide for International Students which will be provided by host with acceptance packet.

Student Activities
Karlshochschule sets a high value on student activities. Students can participate in various projects organized by our student organizations, such as enactus (outreach projects supported by students), cirKA 30.000 (podcast project), theater group, KarlsBeratung (consultancy run by students), Erlebnisrausch (an event agency run by students) and the choir. In cooperation with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, we offer a wide range of sport courses.

In addition, the International Office organizes a variety of events for international and local students such as get-togethers and excursions to cities and sights in the region, e.g. the Christmas market in Strasbourg, Heidelberg and the Black Forest. Furthermore, there are several excursions offered within the regular courses and a special excursion for all students who participate in the German Culture class. Additionally, the International Office celebrates a Christmas get-together, a fare-well evening, etc. together with international and local students. One special opportunity for international students to present their home countries and own culture is the Intercultural Day that takes place each semester.

International Students will be matched with a Student Adviser, as our student buddies call themselves. Besides assisting international students with practical matters and helping them to adapt to life in Karlsruhe and at Karlshochschule, Student Advisers offer regular meetings and get-togethers. In addition, international students can participate in our TANDEM program, where they will be matched with a German student; the tandem partners organize private meetings during which they can practice their language skills and explore different cultures.

Additional activities for international students of all universities in the Karlsruhe area are offered by the local Student Union.

Community Engagement (Internships, Service-Learning, Volunteering, etc.)
The Karlshochschule SIFE team offers opportunities for supporting outreach programs. Students interested in combining theory and practice in their studies can participate in one of our company projects (6 ECTS) during the semester, which are real cases presented by companies, on which students work in teams mixed across study programs, supervised by a professor and supported by professional coaches.

As a private, dynamic university with an international outlook, Karlshochschule offers personal and direct contact with professors as well as a service-oriented administration. Karlshochschule International University is permanently state-recognized and has received excellent results in the latest CHE ranking of German business programs.