At each step of your study journey, there are likely to be questions. If you’re looking for the right course, extra information about admission or scholarships, or you want to know more about IU, you can likely discover the answers to your questions below.
Get to know IU International
All of our current study programmes have received numerous accreditations and awards, IU is also able to independently accredit new programmes in accordance with the legally defined quality standards. You can find more detailed information on the IU Accreditations & Rankings page.
IU International is also certified by FIBAA, assuring the quality of teaching and material, it is also listed on the European Quality Assurance Register (EQAR).
IU has an extensive network of corporate partners and collaborations, enabling an exchange of knowledge and contacts which benefit our students. Check out Our Network of Partners page for more.
IU has a large uni network of partner institutions across the world. One of these university partners is London South Bank University (LSBU). Students at IU have coordinated dual degree programmes with LSBU, meaning you have the opportunity to acquire a British degree in addition to your German degree from IU. Find out more at here.
IU’s admission requirements depend on the study programme you are interested in. You must provide proof of English skills to study any of our courses, which are all taught in English. You can find the exact requirements listed on the page of each respective study programme.
Some of our Master and MBA programmes require work experience in a relevant field under certain circumstances. This must have been achieved after completion of your bachelor. Admission requirements for each course are available on course pages.
Our application process is quite simple. Simply fill out the application form. One of our student advisors will talk to you to discuss your eligibility and chosen programme. You may then need to take an entrance exam or have an admissions interview. This depends on your chosen programme and academic background. Once you have proven your eligibility, we will give you a study agreement or offer letter. Sign and return it along with the required documents. You may also need to send your deposit at this stage. Once we have received everything, you will be informed of your start date, or allowed to start your course, depending on your chosen study model. Our student advisors will be happy to tell you more.
The required documents depend on the course you want to study. Please refer to the Eligibility Criteria section of your chosen programme on our website. Our student advisor team will also provide more information.
No, there aren’t. Our advisory services are free of charge.
We guarantee IU online students maximum flexibility, so you can choose your own starting date in your application. On that day, we will send you the access data you need to begin.
We have multiple intakes per year, you can apply at any time. However, our on-campus programmes have fixed starting times. See the course pages for more.
At IU we know that everyone has different circumstances. So, we have full time, part time, and extended models to allow you to study at a pace that suits you.
IU students can exceed the standard period of study for their chosen time model by 12 months, free of charge. Students should speak to the student office for more information.
Twice a year, we hold graduation ceremonies on our campuses in Germany. Online students are welcome to participate at their own expense. If you do not wish to attend, we will send you your degree certificate by post, free of charge.
Since 1998, we have supported thousands of students of various backgrounds and age groups in developing themselves both personally and professionally. Our campuses and our online environment are home to a community of around 70,000 students from all kinds of backgrounds, career levels, nationalities, and experiences.
Yes, in case of illness or for other proven personal reasons, you can apply for a leave of absence.
Online students do not require a Visa to study. Students planning to study on campus will need to apply for a Visa. If you spend the last 6 months of your degree studying in Germany, you get the chance to apply for an 18-month Visa to remain in Germany and seek work. Our student office will be happy to assist with any Visa-related queries.
Once you have enrolled, you can get in touch with our Student Office for help with any queries you might have, and they will point you in the right direction. Their contact details are on the myCampus platform, you will receive login details for this once you have completed your enrolment.
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At IU, we emphasise maximum flexibility, modern and interactive study methods and comprehensive care. You can start your programme at any time and study when and wherever you want. Students do not have to attend classes in person and can even choose their own exam dates.
Online courses consist of video lectures, interactive learning material, access to online materials via the library, as well as online examination. You can access the materials 24/7 on mobile or PC via our online learning platform MyCampus. That way you can fit learning around your own schedule. You will also be able to interact with other students and your lecturers in case you have any questions.
You only need a reasonably up-to-date PC (desktop or laptop) with a stable internet connection. Other internet-capable devices such as a tablet or smartphone can also assist you in your studies.
Yes, once you're registered as a student, you will also receive access to our online library, where you can search for an unlimited amount of journal articles and literature that can be downloaded in an e-book format.
Interactivity is a top priority for us. This means that you will have numerous online learning materials at your disposal. The content of each course can vary to include video tutorials, podcasts, interactive PDFs, presentations, or e-books from our online library.
Further, we stress the practical relevance of our teaching material by using case studies and reports from everyday work life. We also attach great importance to intensive exam preparation (e.g. through non-graded self-tests).
Yes, you can exchange ideas with other students via our virtual campus.
If you study online, once you meet the exam requirements of a given course (e.g. passing non-graded self-tests), you can register for an exam at any time. Appointments are available 24/7, 365 days a year.
The duration is determined by the ECTS points earned through the course:
- A 5 ECTS course means the exam is 90 minutes long.
- A 10 ECTS course means the exam is 180 minutes long.
The structure of the final exam depends on the course type and reflects the content of the course. In standard courses, the exam usually consists of approx. 50% open/ semi-open questions and 50% closed questions (e.g. multiple-choice, yes-no, matching questions). Other courses may require a different exam type such as case study, project-specific presentation, written assignment etc.
The results will be published three to six weeks (max.) after the examination date.
You have three attempts, in other words, an exam can be repeated twice.
The IU Scholarship Programme: A New Way to Study
Furthering your studies is a big decision. An easy start can make all the difference. That’s why IU International University of Applied Sciences offers you individual support to help you begin your online studies today with scholarships of up to 80%. We understand that not everyone can fulfil admission requirements right away for many reasons, and we believe that should not stop you from starting your online studies and getting your scholarship. Our Study Advisors will guide you on how to meet the admissions criteria required for your programme after you have started with us.
Our Scholarship Programme enables you to start studying right away, even if you still need to gain some admission requirements, such as work experience. For example: In the case that you don’t have enough ECTS for one of the shorter Masters programmes, then you may provide suitable work experience which can bridge the ECTS gap. Alternatively, if you would like to start a Bachelors Programme with us, granted you fulfil requirements for university entrance in your home country, then you can get registered with us.
The admission courses for some Master Programmes need to be passed before you can continue in the Scholarship programme, as this is very important knowledge that you need to succeed in your studies.
If the two specific courses on the Bachelor’s Entrance Examination (BA EE) are integrated into the Scholarship Programmes for Bachelor degrees, and part of the 50% of credit points of the chosen programme. Therefore, there is no need to pass a separate Bachelor Entrance Examination anymore. Once you have completed the courses available in the programme, you have automatically also passed the BA EE.
If the two subject-related courses on the Master Entrance Examination (MA EE) are already part of the Scholarship Programmes Master and included in the 50% of credit points available to you in this programme. Therefore, there is no need to pass a separate Master Entrance Examination anymore. Once you have completed the courses available in your programme, you have automatically also passed the MA EE.
To know more, please connect with our Study Advisors.
In general, you have to hand in the proof of English proficiency before you can start studying with us. However, we now offer the option to achieve your English certificate with us, free of charge. If you choose this option, you can start with admission courses and the English course at the same time. You have three months to complete your English course with us. The course needs to be passed in the level B2.2 in order for us to be able to accept it. Please hand in your certificate once you’ve completed the course. See below for more details on this option.
There is almost no difference between starting off as a participant as you begin your study programme at IU and then changing over to being a student in the same course. As a participant, you will receive full access to your study programme' online platform and material. To enjoy the benefits of the scholarship for the whole duration of your study programme, you are requested to comply with all admission requirements and complete 50% of your study programme’s credit points within 50% of the time model that you have selected. You will receive student status once you have accomplished these milestones. Upone doing this, you get a study certificate and acquire ECTS, which can be recognised by other universities for a Master or PhD.
As long as you are enrolled in the Scholarship Programme, you will be registered as participant. Once you have successfully completed the Programme you will receive student status. Participants who fulfil admission requirements prior to starting their course will automatically be registered as a student once 50% of the way through their course.
Yes, the student enrolment confirmation can be downloaded as soon as you have fulfiled scholarship requirements. As a participant, you get a confirmation of registration before you start your course.
You can apply for a leave of absence of a maximum of 2 semesters to complete the work experience.
You have your whole regular study time to complete the Scholarship Programme. However, if you need more time you would need to continue paying. As the Scholarship will have ended by then, you will pay full price for any additional time you need.
If you need student status right away to request funding in your home country, you won’t be able to start in our IU Scholarship Programme. We do have an option for you to start studying with us, however the pricing is different, and you won’t be eligible for a scholarship. Depending on the admission requirements of your chosen programme, you also might not be eligible to start studying with us right away. Speak to a study advisor to get a better idea of your options.
This means you have a gap of 60 ECTS towards your chosen Master's programme. You can bridge this gap with work experience, 1 year equals 30 ECTS. Therefore, you require two years of qualified full-time work experience.
You would need at least 1 year of qualified work experience before you can start with us. You could then start in the Scholarship programme and continue working for one more year and bridge the ECTS gap during the Scholarship Programme.
Note: Bridging ECTS gaps with work experience is possible, however these are not official ECTS. If a student wants to pursue a doctorate, they might not have sufficient ECTS.
Still have questions? Speak to a study advisor for more info on your specific situation.
If you meet all General admission requirements (University Entrance qualification/Bachelor Degree + translation if applicable, English proficiency, admission courses, relevant work experience), or have submitted these documents and completed 50% of your study programme within 50% of the programme time model, then we will enrol you to your chosen Bacheloror Master programme and you will have student status. You can continue learning right away. This is a seemless process and you will not experience any interruptions.
You will receive a certificate stating the courses you have completed including grades. However, these are not official ECTS and might not be accepted by other Universities.
IU's New Speexx English Course
It is an English course that we offer free of charge. If you cannot provide proof of English language proficiency, you can now complete the Speexx English course before you start studying. You must complete the language course first in order to obtain the certificate. Acceptance for our programmes requires an English level of B2.2. This course is an opportunity to reach this level for free. The Speex certificate can be submitted as an alternative language certificate
You have three months to finish the course.
Once you have completed Speexx, you submit your certificate to a study advisor. Once this has been checked and all other required admission requirements are fulfilled, you can be registered for the IU Scholarship Programme. This will be done by the Admissions Office.
Only admission course and English course can be done at the same time. You must contact the Admissions Office on completion of both these courses so you can be registered for the IU Scholarship Programme.
Studying On Campus
Not all our courses are available for campus studies, please see the programme pages to see if your desired course is.
IU offers you the opportunity to come and join us in Germany. Our on-campus format means you will study full-time at one of our campuses in Berlin and Bad Honnef, work in real-time with lecturers and students, build your network, and experience what Germany has to offer.
IU blends online and in-person learning to offer you maximum flexibility. You will attend live lectures at fixed times, in person, as well as online lecturees available 24/7, ask questions and discuss with students and lecturers in real time, or catch up on anything you misssed at your own pace. You will also work on projects in small groups to encourage collaboration and teamwork skills.
This is course dependent. On-campus students may have written assignments, oral exams, group assessments and exams. Some may be in person at one of our 40+ examination centres across Europe. Our Exam Office are happy to answer queries on this as well as each course’s Module Handbook.
IU has 6 halls of residence directly on its Bad Honnef campus, they have shared kitchens and bathrooms. You can apply for accommodation on your application form.
Our team in Berlin will support you in finding private accommodation in one of the many halls across the city.
Whether you choose the picturesque, student-centric Bad Honnef campus, or our metropolitan, lively Berlin campus, Germany has so much to offer students and people planning their career in the country.
International students from outside the EU/EEA are allowed to work 120 full days or 240 half days per year. Our flexible campus studies option enables you to work alongside your studies and fund your life in Germany. Speak to our student offices or search online for more info.
Fees, Payments & Scholarships
Online course fees vary depending on your chosen time model and the scholarship you have received. Prices start from €75 per month. Fill out an application and find out how much you you can get a degree for.
On-campus course fees are available on course pages.
Here at IU, we offer flexible payment options, please contact our student advisory team for more details.
At IU we offer a wide variety of secure international payment methods that fit your needs. You can easily pay your fees in your local currency via bank transfer, credit card, or by using a wide range of local online payment options. The available payment options and currencies may differ per country.
For more information on the different payment methods we offer, please visit our payment methods page.
We have a range of scholarships available for online students to make education more affordable. Find out more here.