12 months

Full time


Language of instruction

15 July 2024

Application Deadline

Studienkolleg Program (business stream)

Small classes


KLU Hamburg Hafencity

As the German Abitur (high school leaving certificate) is held to such a high standard, it is often quite difficult for international applicants to meet the equivalent. With international high school diplomas, direct entry is usually not an option. In order to bridge the gap, KLU offers students the opportunity to complete our Preparation Program.

For business studies you take a combination of subject courses, as well as introductory German on A2 level (identified as a necessity by the state). The program prepares you for the Feststellungsprüfung (FSP), which is an entry exam conducted in Hamburg. You will take the FSP at the end of the program, and upon passing you will be eligible to start your Bachelor studies at KLU. 

If you are interested in this program, please enquire by sending an email to study@klu.org.

Portrait of Giovana Brunelli Kornfeld. Graduate KLU Preparation Program.

My name is Giovana, I am from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Be-fore starting my bachelors at KLU, I took part in the KLU Preparation Program (Studienkolleg in German). The program lasted for one year and it is required by the German government for most international students wanting to study at a German university. In this program, I gained basic knowledge of economics,  mathematics, and geopolitics. It was a good introduction to the German approach to academia, and the knowledge I acquired there has helped me during my lectures.

Giovana Brunelli Kornfeld, Graduate KLU Preparation Program

Qualification University admission examination / Feststellungsprüfung (granting you the qualification necessary to study the BSc in Business Administration at KLU)
Duration 1 academic year ( 10 months full-time)
Choice of tracks
  • Complete Program
    • A2 German and C1 English
    • Subject courses in Mathematics, Economics and Geography leading to FSP
  • Program with one language course
    • A2 German or C1 English
    • Subject courses in Mathematics, Economics and Geography leading to FSP
  • Academic Program
    • Subject courses in Mathematics, Economics and Geography leading to FSP

All tracks lead directly to our Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, upon successful completion of the FSP.

Course type

Studienkolleg Program with a Curriculum in business


Full-time preparatory course (business stream) for students that do not meet the criteria to study in Germany (you are welcome to first do an initial check on the DAAD website).

From September - May:

  • Subject-related classes
  • German language course A2, leading up to assessment test1
  • English language course, leading to C1 assessment test1

From  May - June

  • Final exams

1Students who can prove A2 German and/or C1 English language by June 30th, could be eligible for a lighter course load.

For more information email study@klu.org or call +49 40 328 707-160


Complete Program with German A2 and English C1 10 months 10960.00
Program with German A2 or English C1 10 months 9960.00
Academic Program (no language course) 10 months 8960.00

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Tuition fees are charged per semester. A non-refundable deposit of EUR 1,000 is due within two weeks after the receipt of the signed study contract. The deposit will be deducted from the first tuition fee installment. Please note that there is no financial support offered for this program.

How to Apply

  • High school diploma/school leaving certificate
  • Proof of English language proficiency on at least B2 level: please have a look at our different options here 
  • Proof of German language proficiency on A1 level: please have a look at our different options here
  • Interview with program management and faculty members
  • Additional requirements may apply for applicants from certain countries. Please inquire.

You do not have your school leaving certificate yet? Just provide a transcript of records including all grades given to date and you can hand in your school leaving certificate at a later stage.

  • Start of application period: November 1st
  • Recommended application deadline for international applicants requiring: March 31
  • Final Application deadline for international applicants: May 31
  • Final Application deadline for European applicants: July 15

International (non-EU) applicants please note: The visa process takes up to two months, starting on the date of acceptance by KLU. Please keep in mind that there are a lot of other organizational matters to deal with when planning your study abroad. That is why we advise you to apply as soon as possible (see recommended international deadline).  For details on the application deadlines for international applicants please see our FAQ.

Please apply via the online application, which opens November 1st every year. If you know your eligibility, please apply directly for the Preparation Program. Our Admissions team will check your eligibility for both the Preparation Program and the Bachelors of Science. Successful admission will be granted for both programs.

We require a non-refundable application fee of €50 for non-EU/EEA applicants. Your application will only be processed once we have received this. Please note that we offer application fee waivers for selected candidates. 

We will consider your application as soon as we have received all the required documents (and application fee for all non-EU citizens) and will notify you of the board of admission's decision promptly (6-8 weeks).

Please note:

It is possible to apply for the reduced (without German or English Language course) Preparation Program. In this case, additional language requirements are needed before the start of the program:

The Preparation Program is generally for international students who do not meet the criteria to study directly at the university level in Germany, or who have the wrong combination of courses in the IB Diploma.

Contact KLU Staff

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Genevieve Steffan

Student Recruitment & Marketing Manager (BSc & Preparation Program)

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Jaroslav Bahnik

Student Recruitment & Marketing Manager (BSc & Preparation Program)

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Madlen Hebeler

Interim Head of International Office

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