Kühne Logistics University (KLU)

Kühne Logistics University - Wissenschaftliche Hochschule für Logistik und Unternehmensführung (KLU) is a private, state-accredited university located on Hamburg’s harbor. Sponsored by the nonprofit Kühne Foundation, KLU offers a broad spectrum of courses and research in logistics and supply chain and business management.

Top reasons to study here

  • KLU offers an international student body, outstanding faculty, an intimate learning environment and extensive corporate ties.
  • KLU is a highly ranked international university which offers excellent education and unique experiences for all students.
  • KLU offers a student to faculty ratio of 14:1, giving students close interactions with our international faculty and researchers.

Bachelor's programmes



  • Founded: September 2010


  • Our BSc, MSc, and PhD degree programs feature an international student body, an outstanding faculty, an intimate learning environment, and extensive corporate ties.
  • Our part-time MBA program, open enrollment and customized executive education programs provide excellent opportunities for professionals to expand their expertise.


KLU is unique for its international faculty known for research excellence in logistics, transportation, supply chain management, and related aspects of business.

Our research and teaching in these fields is structured as three areas of competence:

  • Digital Transformation
  • Creating Value
  • Sustainability


The KLU Career Development Office is an important interface between the university and the business world. We provide an in-depth coaching and workshop program to support our students with their professional orientation and career planning. We will accompany you on your way to your internship and later, your first job.

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Student services

Our International Office is the contact point for everybody who is seeking information on KLU's exchange programs. We maintain a network with our partner universities and whether you are a KLU student, an incoming student from our partner network or a free mover, we have all the details you’ll require for your semester abroad. KLU was awarded the Erasmus University Charter of the European Union and participates in the ERASMUS+ program, which facilitates the exchange of students and staff in Europe.

Housing services

Finding the right type of accommodation is a challenging task. Accommodation in Hamburg can be hard to find and comparatively expensive compared to smaller cities.

Things to consider when choosing a place to live:

  • Rental cost & additional expenses (utilities etc.)
  • Lease agreements
  • Distance of public transportation facilities
  • Distance of shopping facilities
  • Safety

Library services

The KLU Library will help and support you every step of the way doing your studies or research. We are always ready to help with any question you might have, just ask at the library desk or send us an e-mail.

At KLU all of the textbooks are available in the library for students use, therefore reducing the additional cost or stress of buying textbooks.

Medical services

Healthcare in Germany is mandatory for all students. KLU supports international students to find a suitable health care provider.

Student Life

Campus life

KLU is based in the HafenCity (harbour city) – a modern and new district located near the city center. Our campus features bright, modern classrooms and advanced technology.

Our campus and lecture/study areas have views of the river Elbe. Students can enjoy our waterfront location while studying or out for lunch. A short walk along canals, or one stop on the train, and you will be in the city center.

Sports facilities

KLU has a small, but advanced gym on campus. Students can sign up for a monthly membership and will have 24-hour access to the facilities.

Student clubs

KLU offers a number of student clubs and organizations. Furthermore, students are always encouraged to start their own initiative, and leave a legacy while on campus.


The Foundation of International Business Administration Accreditation (FIBAA) has accredited over 1,800 degree programs, but until now it has awarded the premium seal to only 16 universities – including Kühne Logistics University.

Student Reviews

University with a view and academic excellence
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

The family-like atmosphere at KLU, as well as its location, incorporate the two prerequisites for a perfect study experience. Besides the stunning view, KLU also offers the ability to study in small groups in a multicultural environment. Enabling students to study and work on a global scale. Despite its few years of existence, it provides a vast variety​ of courses at a...

Great start for non-German speaker
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

KLU has a strong support for your career opportunity. With a subsidized/discounted German courses at language institues, if you constantly learn German since the beginning, you will be ready to easily step into German job market! Besides a degree, your internship/ working student experience in Germany will be the cherry on top.

Best experience so far!
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I really enjoy studying at KLU. I learned a lot of things and mostly they are good at organizing the schedules, activities, classes, and even speakers sessions. What they should improve are the universities partners. There should be more information​ or even updated information of each university.

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