International Office for exchange students

Kühne Logistics University

International Office for exchange students

Kühne Logistics University

Exchange semester

Exchange program agreements are always based on reciprocity. If you are a student at one of our partner universities, we are happy to welcome you as an exchange student. We will help to make your stay at KLU a unique experience – from the academic viewpoint as well as the personal one. After all, you’ll discover a new culture, make new friends, and build an international network. 

Exchange semester at KLU

You can select among the various courses in your chosen degree program and semester on offer at KLU and join our lively extracurricular program. We also invite you to attend our Career & Professional Development Program seminars.

Undergraduate exchange students choose from undergraduate courses offered at KLU.

We strongly recommend graduate students to choose courses either from the MSc in Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management or the MSc in Management program. If you are determined to combine some courses from both programs, time overlaps are possible.

Normally, it's not possible to combine courses of the various semesters (e.g. courses from the 3rd and 5th semester of the bachelor) due to time overlaps.

The maximum number of courses you can take is equivalent to 30 ECTS (European Credits Transfer System) per semester. As a general rule, you should consider 1 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) the equivalent of 30 hours of work. Some courses are graded with a “pass” or “fail” without any further mark (see in our module handbooks). Please consult with your home university to find out which courses can be credited to your studies at home.

Incoming students will be asked to hand in their course selection via E-Mail before starting the mobility. An updated course list will be available until then. Please keep in mind that the following courses are not offered every semester and are subject to change: 

The grading scale used at KLU ranges from 1.0 to 5.0

  • 1.0 to 1.3 Outstanding (excellent)
  • 1.7 to 2.3 Good (considerably better than average)
  • 2.7 to 3.3 Satisfactory (meets average requirements)
  • 3.7 to 4.0 Adequate
  • Students fail the course with a grade lower than 4.0.

Please have a look at our KLU fact sheet and the information provided by our colleagues from Student Services.


  • Beginning of April until April 30 for fall semester (Sept. – Dec.)
  • Beginning of Sept. until Sept 30 for spring semester (Jan. - May)

You have to be nominated by your home institution’s International Office.

Registration & course selection:

  • By May 31 for fall semester (Sept. – Dec.)
  • By Oct. 31 for spring semester (Jan. - May)

Registration documents:

  • A copy of your first degree certificate including your grade point average, usually in the field of business or economics from a recognized university or college (only graduate students)
  • A copy of your high school diploma (only undergraduate students)
  • A copy of your complete university transcript (by semester) listing the subjects and grades; this document must contain an explanation of the grading system (maximum grade, minimum passing grade)
  • All students: minimum good academic standing at home institution
  • A copy of your TOEFL or IELTS score or ERASMUS language proficiency form (if applicable)
  • Please by aware that if you are a non-native English speaker you will need to prove your proficiency in English (TOEFL (587/240/90) or IELTS (band 6.5) or ERASMUS language proficiency form (level C1) in order to participate in the classes at KLU (not older than two years)

We will contact you and guide you through the online registration process with our Mobility Online tool once you are nominated by your home institution.

You can apply for scholarships to help you finance your studies at KLU. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide assistance with the application procedure or grant scholarships ourselves.

For European exchange students

KLU has an ERASMUS Charter from the European Commission. Our ERASMUS code is D HAMBURG19. If your home university also has an ERASMUS Charter, you can also apply for ERASMUS mobility measures. Please contact your home university’s coordinator for detailed information.

For Non-EU students

The DAAD's extensive scholarship database for foreign students, graduates, and academics offers applicants a wide range of tips and information on successfully applying for a scholarship to study, research or teach in Germany. 

If your home university does not have an exchange agreement with KLU, you may still apply to join our programs as free movers.

Free movers will:

We certainly hope that you will act as ambassadors of your home institution and open up the option of setting up a student exchange agreement between your university and KLU in the future. Please contact the KLU International Office to receive the link to the online application for the free mover program: exchange(at)

KLU uses the platform Mobility Online for the administration of the exchange process.

You can access the website after your initial registration via this link

Summer School in Sustainability

The Summer School in Sustainability comprises workshops and lectures with outstanding international lecturers, excursions in the logistics metropolis Hamburg and an attractive supporting program. Our main objective for the KLU Summer School is to equip students with valuable knowledge and tools from these different disciplinary angles, while always staying focused on sustainability as the overarching business theme. Learn more!


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Madlen Hebeler

Interim Head of International Office

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Dr. Mersida Mokci

International Office Managerin

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Hamaidi Stulos

International Office Manager

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Melissa Gürtler

International Office Project Administrator

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Friederike Bölle-Kutscher

Head of International Office (currently on leave)