Do you want to study but don’t want to invest a lot of time and money unnecessarily? If you already have relevant prior experience or previous achievements, you can of course have them recognised and credited. This will shorten your studies at IU and reduce your tuition fees. Do you want to submit an application? Non-binding and 100% online!

Save time and money: Your application.

Have you already successfully completed an apprenticeship or studied at a university after finishing school? All the better! This won’t only shorten your study time. You can also reduce the tuition fees for your studies at IU and save up to 30 euros per ECTS credit. 

It is important to us that you spend 100% of your time at IU International University of Applied Sciences in a meaningful manner. If you already have relevant previous experience or previous achievements, you can submit these to us for recognition or crediting. We will be happy to check in advance whether we can recognise your previous achievements – non-binding and 100% online

Recognition of previous achievements: general or individual?

Recognition or crediting of previous achievements? What sounds confusing at first glance is actually quite simple: You can have all the professional experience you have gained in the course of an apprenticeship (IHK degree) or work (e.g. further education and training) credited towards your degree at IU. On the other hand, the academic achievements you have already completed at a university will be recognised and will not have to be taken again. 

In order to make the recognition of previous achievements  as convenient as possible for you, you can either submit a general application or an individual application, or combine both if necessary.  

General recognition of previous achievements in 5 steps

For many education and training programmes, we provide you with pre-filled recognition applications that match your desired IU degree programme. All you need to do is fill them out and send them to us by e-mail. 

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Individual recognition of previous achievements in 5 steps

Have you already acquired professional experience or studied at another university? If there is no general recognition option for these previous achievements, you can also submit an individual application.  

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Still have questions? Then let us offer you some advice!

Admittedly, there are many things to consider when recognising prior learning. It’s easy to lose track of everything. Luckily, there’s the IU Student Advisory Service, which will explain everything you need to know about recognition and offer you valuable tips for your application.  

Your checklist: Proof of your previous work

In order for us to be able to check your recognition of prior learning quickly, we need a few documents (not certified copies) from you. In this checklist, we have summarised all relevant documents, certificates and proofs for you. 

In justified cases, we reserve the right to request certified copies.  

Recognition of achievements from a degree programme (university prior achievements)  

  • Transcript of records/Overview of academic achievements and ECTS credits/hours  
  • Module handbooks and course contents (German or English)  
  • For academic achievements at foreign universities: overview of their grading system  

 Recognition of achievements from further education/training  

  • Official proof of completed training or further education (e.g. IHK examination proof, certificates)  
  • Presentation of the subject matter taught – Evidence of the achievements and hours of instruction. 
  • For further training at foreign institutions: overview of their assessment system  

Recognition of certificates 

Presentation of the contents taught and/or proof of the time required.  

Recognition of achievements from work experience  

Official proof of employment from the employer including the following information: detailed description of the position, the tasks and the time period Please use the “Employer confirmation (Bachelor)” or the “Employer confirmation (Master)” form 
Alternatively, submit a qualified job reference (including all of the above information).  

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