Hochschule KarlsruheHochschule Karlsruhe - University of Applied Sciences
Hochschule KarlsruheHochschule Karlsruhe - University of Applied Sciences
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Applying for a Bachelor's program

Application Prerequisites Application process

How do I enroll at the University?

Once you have submitted your online application, the university sets the application to the status "valid" and carries out the admission process.

The admission procedure

As for first-semester entry to the selective bachelor's degree programs, once the application period is closed the selected applicants receive offers of admission via the application portal hochschulstart.de. Applicants are notified of their offers of admission by an e-mail communicating a change in status. Provided that you have agreed to receiving e-mails.

In the case of open-admission programs, offers of admission are issued directly by the university in a timely manner, provided that all required documents (e.g. higher education entrance qualification) have been submitted.

Notification of admission and enrollment

If you accept the offer of admission at HKA the official letter of admission will be made available on the HKA application portal, where you can retrieve and print it yourself. There you will find important information regarding your enrollment. In order to enroll, you must fill out the online application for enrollment in the HKA portal, print it out and sign it, then sent it to Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences by the deadline:

Hochschule Karlsruhe
Postfach 2440
76012 Karlsruhe

For more information on enrollment and start of studies, see the Getting started page.

Allocation of study places

In the selective bachelor's programs, 

  • 5 % of the available study places are allocated to applicants successfully claiming case of hardship,
  • 8 % of the places are allocated to international applicants and
  • 2 % to applicants who wish to take a second bachelor's degree.

10% of the remaining study places are allocated to the waiting list and 90% to the qualification list.

Applicants are ranked on the qualification list according to ranking points obtained by weighing different grades in their school leaving certificate which are relevant to the bachelor's program; bonus points are given for vocational training in a related job. The criteria for calculating the ranking number are specified in the statute pertaining to the selection procedure of each degree program.

Admission by lottery

If there are still places available after the official application procedure has been concluded, admission by lottery will take place. We will keep you notified about this procedure - usually shortly before the start of the semester at the end of February and the end of September - via the HKA Homepage.

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