• Students benefit from a unique hybrid learning model where they start their studies online at IU and finish on campus at one of IU’s partner universities around the world.
  • A globally recognised, top-rated university degree is earned via one of its nine partner universities, with additional study locations to be added.
  • Students save money during their online studies and have increased chances of job placement and post-study residency in host country.

Erfurt, Germany, 1 December 2022. Effective immediately, students at IU International University of Applied Sciences (IU) can take part in its new Study Abroad Alliance. Through IU’s new study alliances, students will be able to begin their studies online with IU in their home countries and finish their degree on campus at one of its nine partner universities worldwide. This new study model will help students save money on tuition fees and living expenses and facilitate a post-study residency in the host country. Students can choose between universities in North America, Europe – including the UK – and Australia, with additional study locations being added over time.

Prof. Dr. Florian Hummel, Vice-Rector International, IU International University of Applied Sciences, said:

“By collaborating with universities on a global level, students benefit from an open-border approach where everybody has access to education regardless of their country of residence. IU’s new Study Abroad Alliance offers opportunities to save money on a high qualitative education and facilitates relocation to a desired country to help adult learners succeed on a pathway to international employability and career success.”

The new Study Abroad Alliance combines both online and on-campus learning, offering a flexible approach to students. Depending on the partner university, students participating in IU’s Study Abroad Alliance must complete a given number of online semesters at IU before transferring to their selected partner university for their final semesters. Due to IU’s unique partnerships, all credits are transferable, and students will be awarded a globally recognised, top-rated university degree from the partner university after graduation. Upon completion of their studies, students interested in seeking employment in their host country benefit from an easier process of acquiring post-study residency thanks to their prior study visa.

Carolina Fromm, Head of International Expansion at IU, said:

“We are excited to launch IU’s new Study Abroad Alliance, enabling even more students to pursue their dreams and access state-of-the-art knowledge through an innovative study model in the country of their choice. The tailor-made study alliance underscores the strength of IU’s global academic partnerships and helps shape our students into world-class talent.”

IU’s Study Abroad Alliance collaborates with higher education institutions to provide internationally recognised, top-quality education to its students. Students can study online at IU International University of Applied Sciences (IU), Germany’s largest private university which offers some 60 customisable online bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English before selecting their study destination abroad. The partner universities include:

  • Australia:
    International College of Management Sydney
  • Canada:
    Acsenda School of Management (Vancouver)
    British Columbia Institute of Technology (Vancouver & Burnaby)
  • Czech Republic:
    University of New York in Prague
  • Greece:
    Hellenic American University (Athens)
  • Ireland:
    Dublin Business School
  • Italy:
    American University of Rome
  • UK:
    London Institute of Banking and Finance
  • US:
    St. Francis College (Brooklyn, NY)

In addition to the partner universities around the world, students also have the option to fully complete their degree at IU in Germany (Berlin or Bad Honnef) under its hybrid study model. For more information on IU’s Study Abroad Alliance, click: https://www.iu.org/lp/study-abroad-alliance/.


With over 100,000 students, IU International University of Applied Sciences (IU) is the largest university in Germany. The private, state-approved educational institution with its main campus in Erfurt brings together more than 200 bachelor's and master's programmes under one roof, which are offered in German or English. Students can choose between dual studies, distance learning and myStudies, which combines online and face-to-face events, and design their studies independently with the help of a digitally supported learning environment. In addition, IU enables further training and promotes the idea of lifelong learning. The aim of the university is to give as many people as possible worldwide access to personalised education. IU started 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 the development of their employees. The partners include Motel One, VW Financial Services and Deutsche Bahn. Further information at: www.iu.org