IU - Germany

International University of Germany

Awards - IU Germany

  • DtGV Service Award:

IU is the only training provider to receive the Service Award 2022 from the German Society for Consumer Studies (DtGV). This recognises the dedication of our customer service team and study coaches in supporting our students and their needs throughout their study journey at IU. 


  • DISQ Award:

IU came top of the pile in the 2021 German Institute for Service Quality (DISQ) Awards for Distance Learning! We were ranked for our study programme offerings, quick replies to students, and user-friendly website above everyone else’s. 


  • elearning Journal Award

In the University category, the IU Learning Hub received the eLearning Journal Award 2022 as "Project of the Year 2022". For over 10 years, the eLearning Journal has given awards to innovative projects and products in the areas of eLearning, Corporate Learning and L&D. 

Accreditations - IU Germany

1. WES - Canada and US.Recognised by WES Canada and U.S., a trusted non-profit providing verified education credential assessments (ECA) for foreign degrees and certificates. This means that our graduates can work or study in Canada and the U.S. as the IU degree can be converted into points according to Canadian academic standards in the Canadian Immigration Point System and American Immigration assessment scheme.

2. Cambridge -IU is a registered online Cambridge International School.

IU has following recognitions

  • FIBAA - Premium quality seal in "Excellence in digital education. IU has topped in Future Orientation, Knowledge Management, Quality Assurance of Teaching, and Academic Support of Students.
  • System Accreditation - We’re system accredited by FIBAA according to the specifications set out by the German Accreditation Council. Our quality management system met their standards in 2018 and we were accredited for 7 years.
  •  Program Accreditation - Our system accreditation means that we can accredit our own programmes. We are trusted to carry the Accreditation Seal on all our programmes without the need for an external agency being involved. 
  • German council of Sciences and humanities - In 2021, IU was reaccredited for five years by the German Council of Sciences and Humanities. The German Council of Sciences and Humanities has been advising the federal and state governments on issues of higher education development, science and research since 1957, while ensuring the quality of teaching and research at non-state universities.
  • ZFU (German national agency for distance learning) - All our distance learning study programs and individual training courses are approved by the ZFU, Germany's supervisory authority for distance-learning institutions within the Distance Learning Protection Act (FernUSG). 
  • Association of Indian Universities (AIU) Member - 

    Since April 2023, IU is a member of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU), the only public authority in India that ascertains foreign institutions. As the first Indian accreditation received, this is a significant milestone in IU's recognition within India and reinforces our position as a global education provider. 

    IU’s on-campus programmes are recognised by AIU. This means that employers across India and other Commonwealth Nations acknowledge and recognise the quality of IU education

    IU’s on-campus programmes are recognised by AIU. This means that employers across India and other Commonwealth Nations acknowledge and recognise the quality of IU education. 

IU is now a member of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU). All on - campus courses of IU are recognised in India.

All courses are taught in English.

All our current study programmes are state-accredited and approved by the German Science Council and the state of Thuringia, and are in line with the European ECTS accreditation framework (the Bologna process).  

IU is also able to independently accredit new programmes in accordance with the legally defined quality standards of the German government, as we have been given the status of system accreditation.  

IU International is certified by FIBAA, assuring the quality of teaching and material. We are also listed on the European Quality Assurance Register (EQAR). 

Placements - IU Germany

94 % of IU's graduates find a job within the first three months of graduating. And, after two years, an average of 80 percent have management responsibilities. On top of that, 97% of our students would recommend studying with IU International University of Applied Sciences. This information was reported by more than 3,000 Alumni who took part in our 2020 Service Evaluation. These excellent results are based on the fact that, in addition to teaching professional expertise, IU International University of Applied Sciences focuses on training social and intercultural competence. IU is proud of its graduates and the impressive careers they have built.

Rankings - IU Germany

1. QS 5-star Rating IU is the first German university to achieve a 5-star rating and 99 out of 100 points on QS Quacquarelli Symonds, the world’s most popular source for comparative data on universities. We topped the ranks in programme structure, technology, graduate employability, and student faculty engagement. With a full five points for our track record and 94% of our degrees available online, this recognition reaffirms our commitment to delivering quality online learning and inclusive services and support for students.

2. CHE University Ranking (2021/2022) In the current CHE University Ranking (2020-2022), IU achieved top ranks in six out of 25 categories – the most categories won out of over 300 institutions assessed. We outperformed in the Business Administration field in the following categories: General Study Conditions, Contact with Lecturers, Study Programmes Offered, Examinations, Study Organisation, and Practical Orientation.

3. European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR) EQAR lists FIBAA as a certified and fully reliable agency that has proven substantial compliance with a common set of conventions for quality assurance in Europe. As IU is recognised by FIBAA, we are therefore also validated by EQAR. This means that our programs, teaching, and resources are aligned with the European Standards and Guidelines (ESG).

Online Study - IU Germany

Teaching and study material Marking of your end-of-module exams Free 4-week trial Online tutorials and guidance from tutors Use of the online campus Individual study coaching Online exams Career coaching Learn English for free

The IU Learn App

IU’s Learn App is your do-it-all online learning tool. Get 24/7 access to all of your study materials – videos, lecture notes, quizzes and podcasts.

The app features over 600 course scripts, and more than 14,000 interactive quizzes, so there are plenty of materials and tools for you to polish your knowledge and develop your skills.

The courses are divided into small units, ideally designed for an easy to digest learning process, with plenty of exercises along the way.

Interested in a course but not sure if it’s right for you? No problem – the IU Learn App offers a sample from every course, so that you can experience some of the materials before making your decision.

Here’s a more detailed breakdown of what’s waiting for you in the app:


Digital lecture notes

Modern students need modern learning tools. No more printed books: from now on, you’ll be using a sophisticated e-book that will take your studying process to the next level.

Read, remembered, understood? Thanks to your digital lecture notes e-book, you can test yourself straight away. At the end of each study unit, you answer questions to check what you’ve learned. And you’re shown the answers straight after. You also have the option of taking digital notes, which you can save and access at any time. You can also use the e-book offline and synchronise it across all your devices.

With the e-book, you can:

  • Take digital lecture notes and store them in an easily accessible digital form
  • Test your knowledge of the material directly in the e-book itself
  • Get immediate results and feedback on your answers, so you can constantly improve
  • Access all of your learning materials even when your're offline
  • Synchronise your materials across all of your devices, so you can easily use these features your way
  • Stop worrying about getting books from the library, late return fees or carrying around heavy books. Everything you need is just a few clicks away.

In addition to the personal lecture notes that you can make digitally on your own, our courses are equipped with learning materials such as texts and multimedia files, which are available to you on myCampus.

You’ll also find specified learning objects and tasks, all laid out in units based on thematic concepts. With this setup, you’ll be able to study at your own pace, but according to a recommended studying plan, designed to help you understand the material in an easier way.

Add to this the extensive range of media files you’ll have access to via our the IU online library, and you’ll have the option to build your own mix of study materials that best suit your preferred ways of studying: whether you prefer watching more videos, reading more texts or performing more tasks, you decide on the studying plan that works for you.

To top it all off, students in the MA programmes will have access to all of the further reading materials they’ll need in order to expand their knowledge and expand their expertise.

100% Flexibility – Exams whenever and wherever you want

At IU International University of Applied Sciences, you decide when and where we test your knowledge: you can take your tests online in written or oral form, or in person at one of our 40+ examination centres across Europe.

Here’s how it works:

  • Log in
    Create an online profile with our service provider and book your desired exam slot.
  • Check your equipment
    To start your exam, connect with the proctor, your online invigilator. The proctor will use the webcam to check your identity, your equipment and whether your workspace is set up appropriately.
  • Take the online exam
    Now you can start scoring points with your knowledge. When you’ve completed your exam, end it by clicking the “submit” button and let the proctor know.

Done! You’ll get your results back in approx. Six weeks.

IU provides a very comprehensive approach to online teaching.


  • Study 100% online, from anywhere in the world
  • Full time or Part time
  • Start anytime with no fixed intakes
  • Self-paced learning and flexible study schedule
  • All programmes taught in English

Other perks:

  • Free online German language course
  • Online career services, job listings platform & virtual networking events

The full course fees is to be paid in advance to Acelot Academy. Acelot Cademy will pay the students fees to IU.

Let your curiosity be your guide and test any Online Studies programme you like — no strings attached. Simply apply for your Online study programme, unlock your access and get to your studies!

  • The 1 month trial is only available for IU’s Online Studies programmes
  • Your fees must be paid in advance, but if you decide not to study at IU, you get your money back.
  • Just cancel at any time before your first 30 days are up and we’ll transfer your advance back.

No refund is available once the 30 days period is over!

Yes you can do so within 1st 30 days of starting the program. Post that there is no scope of cancellations.

On Campus Study - IU Germany

As a student in IU you have the following options:

  • Part-time student job (20 hrs/week)  
  • 18 months post-study work visa 
  • EU Blue Card

The ECTS depends on course duration.

  • Bachelor: 180 ECTS (36 Months)
  • Master: 120 ECTS or 60 ECTS (24 | 12 Months)
  • MBA: 90 or 60 ECTS ( 18 | 12 Months)

All courses are taught in English.

Please check with your counsellor or the website of Iu for the exact fees. There is an additional campus fees of approx € 1500 charged over and above the published tuition fees.

IU has two international campuses in Germany: Berlin and Bad Honnef. Both are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities that will help you succeed in your studies and connect with your peers and lecturers.

IU offer on-campus student accommodation in Bad Honnef.

Our team is happy to give you advice on finding accommodation in Berlin if you want to join us there.

Yes, you can still change your preferred campus location, except during the last semester. It’s always best to let IU know beforehand so that your transition goes smoothly.

You'll need to attend tutorials on campus 2-3 days a week and attendance is mandatory. The exact days and times depend on your chosen campus location and study programme and will be communicated to you before the start of your studies.

For the rest of the week, you’ll enjoy the freedom of studying off-campus at your own time with our digital learning platform and tools.

This is course dependent. As an on-campus student, you may have written assignments, oral exams, group assessments and exams. Some may be taken in-person at one of our 40+ examination centres across Europe.

Exams take place several times a year, across 2 semesters. Each semester consists of two blocks of 11 weeks each: 9 weeks dedicated to studying and 2 weeks for taking your exams.

During the 9 weeks, you’ll take three courses parallelly. After you've completed the courses, you’ll sit for your exams. This ensures that your knowledge is fresh and that there is less exam stress at the end of the semester due to the distributed exam phases. For more information, please reach out to our Study Advisors.

Intake Months - IU Germany

The online course starts every month. Enjoy starting any time!

Applications are open all-year round, however for on-campus programmes, there are only 4 intakes per year: in January, April, July and October. You can indicate your desired starting date in your application.

  • Bachelor: January, April, July or October
  • Master/MBA: July or October

Make sure to apply early so you can get any visas sorted out in time for your studies in Germany

Eligibility Criteria - IU Germany

At IU, we teach in English to prepare you for the international market.

We, therefore, ask for proof of your English language skills*. If English is your native language or you graduated from an English-speaking school/university, you don’t need to prove your English skills. 

Accepted certifications: 

  • Speexx* B2.2 Certificate (complimentary when signing up with IU)​ 
  • TOEFL (min. 80 points) or 
  • IELTS (min. Level 6.0 out of 9 points) or 
  • Duolingo English test (min. 95 points) or 
  • Cambridge Certificate (min. B grade overall) or 
  • Equivalent proof

Academic criteria: 

  • Completed degree from a public or officially recognised university/higher education institution.
  • For 60-ECTS programmes, you will need to have already acquired 240 ECTS credits.
  • For 120-ECTS programmes, you will need to have 180 ECTS credits. 
  • At least a “satisfactory” or Grade C equivalent earned in your previous education.

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