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Study programme? Dual. Career opportunities? Twice as high.

You want to gain work experience and study at the same time? In the dual study program at the IU International University (IU), both are possible! You combine theory and practice optimally with each other - without compromise. 

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Are you unsure what you want to study? Get to know IU, your campus and dual studies on June 21 - career advice included!

Advantages of your dual studies at IU

Interlocking theory and practice

Study, work and leisure - with us you can combine everything: thanks to regular alternation between theory and practice. You always apply what you have learned directly in the practical phases - this makes it much easier and faster for you to understand course content.

Teaching at the highest level

The IU offers you an excellent dual study programme with which you can look forward to a promising future: 2 out of 3 students are taken on by their practice partner after graduation. Our degree programmes are accredited and state-recognised.

Private dual studies for €0

Private study sounds expensive? At IU you pay €0 - because your practice partner pays your tuition fees.

No Numerus Clausus

Motivation cannot be measured with grades - that's why we deliberately do without an NC. Instead, we find out together where your talents and strengths lie.

15,000+ practice partners

We offer you extensive support in your search for a practice partner. We draw on our network of more than 15,000 practice partners in a wide range of industries throughout Germany or support you in your application to other companies.

Learning in small groups

Overcrowded lecture halls? Not with us! You study in small groups and in a personal atmosphere. Within this, you can ask questions at any time, actively participate and benefit from a greater learning effect.

Facts about dual studies

Time model

You work half of your studies at your practice partner and spend the other half at the university.


You can study on a campus with modern facilities and interact directly with other students. 

Virtual Campus

You can study on-site at a campus with modern facilities and exchange information directly with other students.

Dual degree programmes at IU

What are you interested in? What are your strengths? We value your interests and talents, not your grades. Here you will find all the dual degree programmes that you can study at IU. You are still unsure what suits you? Then use our IU study finder! It will help you find your ideal degree programme by answering a few questions.

Do you already know which degree program is right for you?

What are you waiting for!

Study on-site – or at the virtual campus

We have over 35 study locations across Germany plus the virtual campus. Are you still looking for the perfect place to study? Find it with our Campus Finder!

*Subject to state recognition of the degree programs and approval of the Chemnitz site by the Free State of Saxony. We expect the approvals of the ministries at the latest at the start of the studies. So far, all programs of IU International University have been successfully accredited and approved on time.

Dual Studies at IU

Study and work at the same time? In the dual study programme at IU you can do both! You regularly alternate between theory on campus and practice in the company. This is the perfect way to prepare for your career entry and you benefit from many other advantages:

  • We will support you in your search for a practical partner

  • Study with us at one of over 50 locations throughout Germany

  • You can also start your studies independently of location and flexibly on the virtual campus.

We support you in the practice partner search

In the application portal we inform you about the study programme and your search for a practice partner. In a discussion with your student advisory, we will find out together what your wishes, strengths and talents are and how you can best promote them in the dual study programme. Afterwards, we will look for your ideal practice partner together with you. You can either suggest companies of your own choice for the search or make use of our large network of practice partners with companies such as these:

Some of our practice partners

PanasonicTelekomAWOCheck 24dpdMontel One

Request free information

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

Get informed about dual studies

Events at the campus

Get to know us personally, ask your questions and find out everything you need to know about the dual study programme at IU - at our events on campus:

  • IU Info Events

  • IU Meet Your Campus

  • IU Open Study Counselling

  • Further IU Events


Online events

Are you interested in a particular subject area? In our online events we inform you about our degree programmes in the fields of:

  • Business & Management

  • Tourism & Gastronomy

  • Health & Social Affairs

Online events

Your personal contact

Our free student advisory service will gladly help you find your optimal study programme.  

Study advisor
Dual Studies

This is what our students say

Through the three and a half years of experience in the company, one has the best prerequisites to be taken on directly after graduation
E. Hatz über ihr Duales Studium in Gesundheitsmanagement

Elena Hatz

B.A. Gesundheitsmanagement

What I particularly like about the dual study programme at IU is the pleasant size of the classes and the modern atmosphere on campus.
D. Pech über sein Duales Studium in Soziale Arbeit

Daniel Pech

B.A. Soziale Arbeit

The lecturers are also available to the students outside of lectures and give individual advice. That is not a matter of course.
J. Noehrnberg über ihr Duales Studium in Wirtschaftsinformatik

Jenny Nöhrnberg

B.Sc. Wirtschaftsinformatik

Frequently asked questions about dual studies

Here you will find the full FAQ on dual studies.

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