Distance learning

Financing and saving tips

Are you looking for a financing concept that suits you perfectly? To help you with this, we present various financing options here:

Self-financing through professional activity

It pays to finance your studies through your job: By investing in your future, you will open up new perspectives and take your career to the next level. To enable you to master your studies while working, our study programmes are individually adapted to your life circumstances. You can choose between three different time models: Full-time, part-time I and part-time II. This way, you can successfully realise your dream of graduating from university.

An academic education not only furthers your personal development: it gives you convincing arguments for salary negotiations already during your studies. And after you graduate, you'll benefit from the chance to earn up to 20 per cent more!

  • 40% of our students

    already receive a salary increase during their studies.*

  • Up to 1000€ more

    is what our graduates earn on average by the time they complete their studies.*

  • 30% more salary

    on average after a maximum of ten years of work experience, compared to those with a non-academic background.*


We give you time to check at your leisure whether the IU online study programme is right for you: That's why we offer you the chance to try out our entire range of courses for four weeks, free of charge and without obligation.

Simply register online for your desired study programme.

Financial benefits at IU

A study programme is an investment in your future. We offer you various financial benefits to save tuition fees. 

Online recognition of prior achievements

Have you already studied, worked or completed vocational training? Then have your previous achievements recognised for our online study programme! This way, you can shorten your study time and save 30 euros per recognised ECTS point. You can find out how in our guide to online recognition.

By the way: You can also combine different previous achievements and have the recognition checked before applying for your desired study programme – without obligation and 100% online. If you want to secure all the benefits, just make sure you submit your application before the end of the trial month. You can do this easily and conveniently via our online recognition service.

IU Scholarship

We award scholarships every month to individuals with particularly inspiring backgrounds who are not yet enrolled at IU International University!

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Tax deductibility: Get up to 42% of your tuition fees back!

Did you know that you can deduct your studies from your taxes? This includes, for example, the costs of tuition fees, office supplies or travel to examinations. Exactly how much you can save depends on your personal situation. Here we explain how it works.

Support from your employer or family

Many employers will support you in your goals by contributing to your tuition fees or even covering them completely. You can also talk to your family about helping you out financially. 


Your employer can contribute to paying for your studies via our cost transfer application. The application lists reasons why your employer should support you. You can also talk to them about getting additional leave for exams or exam preparation or being granted flexible hours.


In support of your goals, your family might be able to loan you money. That means you get financial aid without the bureaucratic burden. 

Financial aid from the federal government & federal states

In addition to child benefit, state supported student loans (BAföG) can help you cover the investment in your studies.

Child benefit

If you are under 25, you are legally entitled to child benefit of between 190 and 221 € per month. After the age of 25, you can only claim child benefit if you have completed either military or civic national service. In this case, you will be paid for the months worked beyond the legal age limit.


If you meet the necessary requirements, you can receive state funding of up to 853 € (as of 2020) per month through Germany’s student loan service (BAföG). Whether you receive funding, and if so, how much, depends on various factors. You can find more detailed information on the BAföG website or on the free BAföG hotline: +49 (0)3641 940 056 062. The Students' Social Service (Studierendenwerk) in Thüringen is responsible for your BAföG application.


We give you time to check at your leisure whether the IU online study programme is right for you: That's why we offer you the chance to try out our entire range of courses for four weeks, free of charge and without obligation.

Simply register online for your desired study programme.

Financing your studies with scholarships and loans

We show you which scholarships you can apply for and how you can cover the costs of your studies with loans or education cheques.


Full support and services throughout your studies: That’s what we offer.

In addition to innovative learning formats and personal support from our lecturers and Study Coaches, your tuition fees include many other services, for example:

  • Your online campus

    Through our online campus, you have access to your learning content from anywhere and the opportunity to exchange information with tutors or fellow students at any time.

  • + 60,000 e-books

    Our online library gives you access to more than 60,000 e-books so that you can research and prepare for your exams in the best possible way.

  • Study app IU Learn

    Our free app for students is your perfect study buddy in everyday life and guides you step by step towards success.

  • Free iPad

    Study whenever and wherever you want – with the free iPad you get when you start your studies.

  • Microsoft Office

    We provide you with the entire Office package free of charge for your studies.

  • Microsoft Teams

    You can communicate with your teachers and fellow students via Microsoft Teams to ensure you always stay connected. 

  • LinkedIn Learning

    Enhance your skills through LinkedIn Learning – with unlimited access to over 14,000 courses and 1,800 video tutorials!

  • Access to Statista

    During your studies, you will benefit from free access to numerous infographics and statistics.

  • Free extension of studies

    Things turn out differently than planned? No problem: Extend your studies for free for up to 12 months!

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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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