Study with maximum flexibility: 'myStudium' now represented at 11 more IU locations

IU International University of Applied Sciences expands its offer in the study model 'myStudium' by eleven additional locations and introduces new study programmes


IU students can now also start the full-time programme at the locations Augsburg, Freiburg, Karlsruhe, Mainz, Mannheim, Nuremberg, Essen, Duisburg, Bochum, Wuppertal and Aachen.

  • Including new bachelor's degree programmes such as Game Design, Sport and Fashion Management.
  • Quarterly study start possible - without Numerus Clausus or entrance exams and without waiting semesters.
  • Student numbers in myStudium have increased almost tenfold since October 2021.

Erfurt, Germany, 5 October 2023. IU International University of applied Sciences (IU), the largest university in Germany, now offers maximum flexibility in its 'myStudium' study model in eleven additional German cities. Students can now also start full-time studies at IU locations Augsburg, Freiburg, Karlsruhe, Mainz, Mannheim, Nuremberg, Essen, Duisburg, Bochum, Wuppertal and Aachen. The study programmes will start with Business Administration, Media Design, (Business) Psychology and Social Work.* With this, IU will offer the myStudium study model at a total of 25 locations as of October. In addition, IU is introducing new bachelor's degree programmes at existing myStudium locations. These include Game Design, Sports Management, Fashion Management, Event Management, Health Management, Real Estate Management, Media Management, Human Resources Management, Tourism Management as well as the English-language degree programme Hospitality Management at the Virtual Campus. Since the introduction of the myStudium study model in October 2021, IU has seen a significant increase in demand, with student numbers increasing almost tenfold in the last two years to around 4,500 students nationwide.

About myStudium at IU

The full-time programme with up to three professionally guided tutorials per week allows students maximum flexibility as it can be completed either on-site or virtually. What sets myStudium apart is the unique opportunity to change campuses every quarter and study at a different location. Through the integration of modern teaching methods such as videos, interactive scripts and the self-developed learning app 'IU Learn' in combination with small learning groups and experienced teachers from the field, students receive optimal support to study successfully and to meet their individual life situations and prepare them optimally for the future working world. In addition, IU is the first and so far only university in Germany to use AI-supported learning for its students. After the  learning buddy Syntea, which was specially developed by IU, was introduced for the first time in all English-language online courses in November 2022, German-speaking students will now also benefit from the AI-supported learning support, including students from the myStudium format.

The most important at a glance

  • Maximum flexibility: Quarterly study start possible** - without Numerus Clausus or entrance exams and without waiting semesters.
  • Structured curriculum: Fixed courses during the day on campus or, if required, live and interactive on the virtual campus - a new decision can be made each quarter.
  • Lecturers with practical experience: IU lecturers have many years of practical experience and convey their knowledge clearly - with questions from the respective industry and lots of practical examples.

Insights into myStudium and more info also on Instagram @iu.mystudium

Other study models at IU

IU also offers suitable study programmes with maximum flexibility and the most modern digital learning environment for working people in full-time or part-time employment or people in retirement. In addition to myStudium, students can choose between location-independent distance learning and dual study. In addition, IU enables further education for all industries and professional fields and promotes the idea of lifelong learning. Here you can find detailed information on the study models.

*The courses offered may vary depending on the location. A list of all locations that offer myStudium can be found  here.
**With the exception of the Media Design degree programme. It is possible to start the programme in semesters.



With over 130,000 students, IU International University of Applied Sciences (IU) is the largest university in Germany. The private, state-recognised educational institution with its headquarters in Erfurt began operations in 2000 and is now represented in more than 35 German cities. Students from over 190 nations design their studies according to their needs: whether practice-integrated dual studies, flexible distance learning or individual “myStudium”, which combines online self-study and campus life. IU wants to give people worldwide access to personalised education for a fulfilled and self-determined life. In more than 250 bachelor's, master's and MBA programmes, including over 50 in English, IU teaches students key skills relevant to the future. A digitally supported learning environment and the use of AI solutions help students to achieve optimal learning results and experiences. IU is one of the first universities in the world to have developed and deployed its own AI-supported learning buddy. IU cooperates with over 15,000 companies and supports them in the academic training of professionals. Partners include Motel One, Vodafone, AWO and Deutsche Bahn. Further information at: iu.org

The AI-supported learning buddy "Syntea" is now available as a public demo version in the ChatGPT store at the following link: https://chat.openai.com/g/g-P5olqoCPc-syntea