All applicants must hand in the following application documents:
- School completion certificate, including transcript
- German language certificate. Accepted tests include: DSH-2 / Testteil Deutsch der Feststellungsprüfung, TestDaF 4, telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule, Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom, Zentrale Oberstufenprüfung, Kleines Deutsches Sprachdiplom, Sprachdiplom II der Kultusministerkonferenz, or equivalent. For further information, please see website "Sprachnachweis", or website of DAAD. In Karlsruhe, the following private institutions provide preparatory language courses and tests: eduGLOBAL GmbH, Sprachakademie Karlsruhe, VHS evening education.
- Job training certificate, if applicable
- Official record of job experience, if applicable
- Applicants with previous study experience: transcript and official documentation verifying period of study
All copies must be officially certified - i.e. issued by a notary, the German embassy, other official authorities, or the institution which issued the original document. Also include a translation into German or English by an authorized translator.
In addition, there are special requirements for applicants as follows:
Applicants for Bachelor's programs
Please submit additionally:
- Non-EU applicants only: ASK certificate. The Studienkolleg of Konstanz University of Applied Sciences (Center for International Students at HTWG Konstanz) is the central institution for all universities of applied sciences in the federal state of Baden-Württemberg for the evaluation of applicants' documents. If direct admission to a university of applied sciences is possible, or as soon as the applicant has taken part in a preparatory year and passed an additional entrance test (Feststellungsprüfung), the ASK certificate is issued. For further information, please see the ASK website.
- German applicants with Non-EU school completion certificate only: evaluation certificate by
Abteilung 7 Schule und Bildung
Postfach 10 36 42
Tel.-Nr. +49 (0)711/904 40 700
- EU or non-EU applicants holding a German HZB (Hochschulzugangsberechtigung): follow the same application procedure as German applicants
- TASK or TestAS: (Optional) These tests measure general study skills in various academic fields. The test results can be used to improve your entrance ranking.
- Pre-study work experience: This is required to apply for some bachelor's programs. You will find information about this requirement in the section "Steckbrief" of each bachelor's program.
Note: Individual study programs may have additional or different requirements, e.g. a motivation letter, an interview, an entrance test, or recommendation letters. Please carefully read through all information provided on the study program webpage.
The number of places in a study program is limited. The better your grades, the better your chances of acceptance.
Applicants for Master's programs
Please submit additionally:
- Certificate of a bachelor's or undergraduate degree of an accredited higher education institution. The degree / major must be in a field related to that of the intended master's program.
- Bachelor's transcript. Only outstanding applicants can be admitted into the Master's programs, as there is a fixed numerus clausus (mark-based entrance condition): the grade point average of the first degree must be 2.5 or better (German system: 1 = best possible mark, 4 = minimum passing mark). Alternatively, applicants must prove that they are ranked in the upper third (top 35%) of their undergraduate class.
- For application to the Master's programs Sensor Systems Technology, Geomatics, or Global Studies, an English language certificate is required instead of a German language certificate. For International Management, or Business Administration and Engineering, an English language certificate is required in addition to the German language certificate.
Accepted tests: TOEFL (please indicate HsKA institutional code number: 7764 when taking test), IELTS , Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English grade C, and CET-6 (for Chinese students)
- Curriculum vitae
- Motivation letter required for the following study programs: Baumanagement (Construction Management), International Management, Kommunikation und Medienmanagement (Communication and Media Management), Wirtschaftsinformatik (Business Information Systems), Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen (Business Administration and Engineering)
- GRE: (Optional) Please indicate HsKA institutional code number: 7119 when taking test. Applicants for study programs in the field of economics please use GMAT
Note: Individual study programs may have additional or different requirements, e.g. recommendation letters. Please carefully read through all information provided on the study program webpage.
Applicants from Bangladesh
A four-year Bachelor's degree or Master's degree is required. Certified copies of academic records are accepted only if verified by the Registrar or Controller of Examinations of the issuing university and sent in an envelope sealed by the university.
Applicants from China and Vietnam
Please submit additionally:
- APS certificate
For information on this, please contact
Akademische Prüfstelle des Kulturreferates der Deutschen Botschaft Peking
Landmark Tower 2, Büro 0311
Chaoyang District, 8 Dongsanhuan Beilu
P.R. of China
For Chinese applicants: Official documents must bear an original red or steel seal of the issuing institution. Degree certificate or combination degree certificate/diploma is required for proof of degree. Documents are required in Chinese with official English or German translations.
Applicants from India
Students who have completed technical or engineering studies in India require a four-year Bachelor's degree for entrance to master's studies. Graduates holding a three-year Bachelor's degree first need to complete an Indian Master's degree.
Please submit transcript of records for each year of study. These must indicate the grading system used by the issuing institution. Transcripts and degree certificates must be certified by the educational authority of the issuing institution.
Applicants from Pakistan
Students who have completed technical or engineering studies in Pakistan require a four-year Bachelor's degree for entrance to master's studies. Graduates holding a three-year Bachelor's degree first need to complete a Pakistani Master's degree before they can continue their master's studies in Germany.
Recognition of prior learning
- Course and examination results and degrees earned during studies at other public or state-recognized universities of the Federal Republic of Germany - or at foreign public or state-recognized universities - are to be recognized upon request, provided no substantial differences exist between the competences acquired and the results or degrees being substituted. Recognition means that studies can continue and examinations or further studies undertaken. Once recognized, periods of study are each transferred accordingly.
- Course and examination results from studies not covered by paragraph (1) may be transferred, as long as equivalence is established. Equivalence is established if course contents, scope and requirements essentially match those of the course at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences for which the results are to be recognized. Instead of a detailed comparison, an overall consideration and assessment is to be carried out. In recognizing course and examination results earned outside the Federal Republic of Germany, equivalence agreements approved by the Conference of Ministers for Cultural Affairs and the Conference of University Rectors are to be taken into account, as well as agreements within the framework of university partnerships. Once recognized, periods of study are each credited accordingly.
- Skills and knowledge acquired outside of higher education may be transferred and earn up to 50 per cent of the ECTS credits assigned to the course, provided that they are equivalent in content and level to the academic achievements which they are to substitute.
- Should course and examination results be transferred, the grades - provided that the grading systems are similar - will be transferred and incorporated into the calculation of the final grade. It is permitted to indicate on the transcript the number of credits transferred. In the main study course, course and examination results (excluding the practical study semester) may be recognized up to a maximum of 30 ECTS points. In exceptional, justified cases an additional 30 ECTS points can be recognized upon request.
- Once the conditions of paragraphs (1) to (3) are met, there is a legal entitlement to the transfer of credits. The documents necessary for the transfer are to be submitted in full by students after matriculation and during the first eight weeks of the new study semester.
University access for master craftsmen
The university entrance qualification will also be awarded to applicants who have successfully completed the master craftsmen diploma or equivalent professional training in their acquired profession or else a vocational school, in
accordance with § 14 of the Education Act for Baden-Württemberg, and who provide evidence of participating in an advisory interview at a university.
University access for apprentices
Apprentices also qualify for a university course, if they can provide evidence of two years' vocational training and three years' professional experience in a relevant field, as well as written record of an advisory interview at a university, and if they have successfully passed a suitability test at Konstanz University of Applied Sciences or a comparable examination.
The grade of the university education entrance qualification is taken from the master craftsman examination certificate or the suitability test certificate; the individual grades therein are also used for weighting purposes. The date of the university entrance qualification is also taken from this document. The required course-related advice should be given by the professors responsible for the individual courses. A form to record the course-related advisory interview in the faculty or field of study is available here.
ECTS credit allocation
The modules that make up a course are allocated credit points in line with the ECTS model and in accordance with the Common Structural Guidelines of the Conference of Ministers for Cultural Affairs.
One ECTS point corresponds to an average student workload of 30 hours. The student workload includes time spent preparing and following up courses, on examinations and self-study, in addition to attending the courses themselves.
In "Special Part B" of the Study and Examination Regulations, Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences lists the total amount of time required for the successful completion of degree courses in compulsory and elective modules in terms of Credit Points (CP), in accordance with the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) and the number of hours per week (SWS).
The ECTS obtained are recorded for each student in the Transcript of Records or otherwise their statement of grades.
Credits are awarded both for the entire qualification or course, as well as for individual learning components (for example: modules, courses, work placements and laboratory work).
In recognizing course and examination results earned outside the Federal Republic of Germany, equivalence agreements approved by the Conference of Ministers for Cultural Affairs and the Conference of University Rectors are to be taken into account, as well as agreements within the framework of university partnerships. Once recognized, periods of study are each credited accordingly.