Benefits of online studies:

Distance learning

Study whenever, wherever and however you want

Your life is unique - just like your educational path and the goals you still want to achieve. As the largest private university for online teaching, we therefore offer you a course of study that is perfectly tailored to you and your needs - in every situation in life. Through our digital campus and the learning app IU Learn, you can study in a self-determined, innovative and practical way - thanks to many advantages such as flexible time models, smart tools for every learning type and personal support. 

On your own terms: At IU, you study according to your rhythm

Study flexibly

In IU online studies, your lecture hall is always where you are – no matter whether you’re on your way to work or chilling at the beach with your family. You can even sit your exams online – 24/7 on 365 days a year – or on location, if you like.

Study innovatively

Via our online campus and our study app IU Learn, innovative and interactive digital study tools are always available to you. They allow for maximum flexibility – whether you’re studying alone or with others, with a script or digitally, day or night.

Keep in touch

If you want, you can deepen your knowledge by talking to experienced lecturers in virtual classes – live or on demand. In addition, our online network allows you to connect with your fellow students as well as your study and career coaches.

Free trial? Let’s go!

You can try out your study programme for four weeks – no commitment. The fees for this period only apply if you decide to continue your studies with us.

Simply register online for your desired programme.

A study programme to suit your life

No matter whether you’re a family person, working full time or always on the road: IU online studies let you realise that dream of a degree. How? By letting you decide when, where and how you study.

Busy at work?

No problem! IU lets you determine your own study load – without fixed lecture times or exam times.

Kids keeping you busy?

You can still do it! Our flexible full- and part-time models allow you to schedule your courses according to your own needs.

On the road a lot?

Benefit from study tools you can integrate into your daily life and use anywhere and anytime.

It's a challenge?

No matter who you are and what you have to accomplish in life: We support you in it.

Your study programme gets you ahead

New challenge 

You qualify for new (more exciting) tasks, vocational fields or industries. 


You have higher chances of getting a promotion and can take on more management responsibility. 

Higher salary 

You benefit from a chance at lucrative pay raises in your old or new job.

Increase your market value

During your online studies, you develop valuable skills that prepare you for your career. Our graduates are living proof of this: 71,1% of them agree that they were able to develop personally through their online studies. 62,2% were able to significantly increase their chances on the job market, 40% got a raise and about a third was successful in changing jobs.*

*Source: Graduate survey June 2021 

How our students like to study

“I don’t have my A-levels and have never been to university before, but I qualified for the study programme thanks to my vocational training and work experience.“

Bachelor Social Work

Your online studies benefits at a glance

  • 100% flexible

    You decide! Study completely independently – alongside your job, family or private projects.

  • Innovative study experience

    Get the best mix of digital study tools, virtual live formats and personal support!

  • Always by your side

    Be it planning your studies or preparing for your exams: we are here for you!

  • State-recognised & award-winning

    Our study programmes are state-recognised, accredited and multi-award-winning.

  • 24/7 online exams

    Early bird or night owl? Doesn’t matter: Just sit your exams 24/7 online – whenever, wherever.

  • Flexible time models

    New job, new city, new baby? Pick one of our flexible time models and switch between them anytime.

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You'll find all of the important information about your study programme and IU International University of Applied Sciences in your personal brochure.

We are moving

From 01st March the virtual campus of the part-time studies programme is part of the IU distance learning programme and then takes place in this new environment. Nothing else will change for you: You will also benefit from interactive courses via video chat, smart online teaching and the exchange with lecturers and students.

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