IU International University of Applied Sciences has been approved by Cambridge Assessment International Education to offer Cambridge International programmes fully online – making access to education easier for everyone.

Erfurt, Germany, 16, August 2022. Starting in October, IU International University of Applied Sciences (IU) will offer its international applicants missing a high school diploma the opportunity to begin their bachelor’s studies while simultaneously completing their Cambridge International A Level qualifications. IU is the first online university in the world to join the community of more than 10,000 Cambridge International schools in more than 160 countries dedicated to helping students develop a lasting passion for learning, as well as the skills they need for life. IU is already Germany’s largest and fastest growing university with 85,000 current students enroled and is quickly approaching its goal of 100,000 students. 

In line with IU’s mission of “everybody can access education to grow”, this partnership makes it easier for potential international learners to begin their academic career towards a bachelor’s degree at an accredited German university. Both IU’s top-rated study programmes and Cambridge’s world-class qualifications are recognised world-wide, providing students with the credentials they need to succeed. Interested international students can begin applying for the incoming semester beginning in October.

Prof. Dr. Florian Hummel, Prorector International, IU International University of Applied Sciences, said:

“We are proud to be the first online university in the world to offer Cambridge programmes to its students. At IU, our main principle is the democratisation of education, which is built on our strong belief that everyone should have access to education to grow. Partnering with Cambridge International helps us uphold that belief.”

Christine Özden, Chief Executive of Cambridge Assessment International Education, said:

“We are very pleased that IU International University of Applied Sciences will now be able to teach Cambridge programmes to its students online. This will give their students more flexible options for studying, and I hope it will allow more students to gain globally recognised Cambridge qualifications and pursue their dreams. We look forward to a long and productive relationship with IU.”

For more information about the partnership, visit: www.iu.org/start-studying/degree-without-diploma



With over 100,000 students, IU International University of Applied Sciences (IU) is the largest university in Germany. The private, state-recognised higher education institution offers more than 200 bachelor's and master's degree programmes under its roof, available in German or English. Students can shape their studies their way through the help of a digitally supported learning environment with various study models, such as dual study, distance learning and myStudies – which combines online and on-campus studies. In addition, IU facilitates continuing education and promotes the idea of lifelong learning. In alignment with the university’s mission, it aims to provide access to personalised education to as many people worldwide as possible. IU began operations in 2000 and is now represented in more than 30 German cities. It cooperates with over 15,000 companies and actively supports them in employee development. Its partners include Deutsche Bahn, Motel One, Telekom, Vodafone und VW Financial Services. Further information at: www.iu.org


Cambridge Assessment International Education prepares school students for life, helping them develop an informed curiosity and a lasting passion for learning. We are part of the University of Cambridge. Our Cambridge Pathway gives students a clear path for educational success from age 5 to 19. Schools can shape its curriculum around how they want students to learn – with a wide range of subjects and flexible ways to offer them. It helps students discover new abilities and a wider world, and give them the transferable skills they need for life, so they can achieve at school, university and work. Visit www.cambridgeinternational.org for more information.