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Learning and time models

Study models

As a student at IU International University of Applied Sciences, you have full control and flexibility. Choose the right learning model for your degree and for your personal preferences. Want to study in the evenings after work, or while traveling? With our online studies model, you can access courses and learning materials at any time, from anywhere. Looking to learn in small groups and with close, direct contact with your lecturers? The on campus learning model offers a unique combination of learning online and in person at one of our campuses in Germany. You decide on the type of attendance that works best for you, whether it’s physical or digital, and you’ll have full flexibility to switch between them each semester. Build a schedule that suits you best – choose your own path to success, with right learning model for you.

Here you will find an overview of all our programmes by study models.

Learn online or on campus

When you decide to study at IU International University of Applied Sciences, you get to choose not only what your future career will be, but also how your road to it will look like. You choose the study programme that matches your ambitions, and the model that matches your preferences: online or in-person learning.

Regardless of the model you choose, you’ll enjoy state-of-the-art learning materials, full support from your study coaches and advisors, and an international study environment committed to your success.

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Online studies

In the online studies model, you have complete flexibility – you make your schedule. You’ll have all of the materials in our digital learning platform available to you 24/7, from wherever you are. Watch pre-recorded lectures from your professors anytime, anywhere, and take your exams whenever you want to. And it all takes place completely online, in English.

Fully flexible, fully online 

  • Study at any time, from anywhere, 24/7 
  • Plan your own schedule and learn at your own pace 
  • Start your studies as soon as you like

Perfect for:  

  • Students who work full-time 
  • Students with families 

This is how it works:

  1. Enrol 
  2. Pick your courses 
  3. Study at your own pace with digital learning materials  
  4. Take your exams at any time, whenever you feel ready
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On campus

In the on campus model, you’ll also learn online, but you have the option to combine it with on campus learning at one of our locations in Germany. Instead of pre-recorded lectures that you can view anytime, you’ll attend in-person live lectures with tutors, 2-3 times a week. You’ll learn with other students and have the ability to interact directly with lecturers in every lecture. Combine independent learning with digital study materials, with a structured learning format, to help you stay focused.

Physical campus experience, in-person lectures   

  • Learn in small groups and interact with other students 
  • Stand in close contact with your lecturers 
  • Start 4x/2x per year from one of our campuses in Germany

Perfect for: 

  • Students who want to learn full-time  
  • Students looking for a campus experience 

This is how it works  

  1. Enrol 
  2. Take courses according to your study plan 
  3. Join live lectures with other students 
  4. Take your exams at fixed times 
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Individual Service & Support

Individual study coach

Q & A sessions with tutor

Innovative Digital Learning Tools

Community and Networking with other students

Online exams

Start possible any time

Start up to 4 times per year

Learn at your own pace

Learn full-time at a set pace


View recorded short casts

Option to learn in Germany


Peer group and small study groups

Study individually

All our programmes include the following benefits

State-approved & accredited top-level education

First-class study programmes with a recommendation rate of 96%

Personal service & support

Your digital learning journey with personal support

Job-relevant skills for a global job market

For online studies students:

Interactive learning sprints

Some courses offer what we call “learning sprints”: intensive, interactive units that prepare you for your exam in just four weeks. In these learning sprints, students support each other and work together to solve tasks based on the course materials. In some courses, sprints also give you the opportunity to create a detailed documentation of all of the material you’ve learned, by using intensive live tutorials and “Tasks of the Day”.

Revision manual

Several courses also include revision manuals: catalogues of questions that help you prepare for your exam – like a workbook version of a learning sprint. The revision manual includes learning tasks of varying degrees of difficulty, all of which are based on knowledge application principles, to best prepare you for exams. The tutor for the relevant course will be available to answer any questions you have regarding the manuals via on our digital communication platform.

Online forum & Consultation sessions

In many of our courses, we offer online forums where you can exchange ideas with other students throughout the course. It’s a great way get to know fellow students, professors and tutors, get valuable feedback on your personal study progress, and receive support and advice whenever you need it.

In addition, you will be able to ask course-specific questions in a monthly Q&A session with tutors.

For on IU students learning on campus:

Group Study

Courses in the on campus model are offered as live video lectures and tutorials, either via video or in person at one of our campus locations in Germany. These lectures let you experience campus life and interact with your fellow students and professors in real time, even if you only attend them virtually. In this model, a greater emphasis is given to team work and collaboration, and you’ll be working with other students on class projects throughout your studies. It’s a great way to prepare for working with colleagues in your future career.

Digital Oral Exams

Enjoy full flexibility when doing your exams – some of the courses in this learning model give you the option to take your exam orally, on campus. For the rest of your exams, you’ll have the option to take them whenever you like, from anywhere – fully online.

Interactive Seminars

Discuss the learning materials with your professors, tutors and fellow students – in real time! Ask questions, share ideas and work together on case studies and class projects. You’ll get all the support you need when taking your first steps as a student, or when you’re working on your final thesis. Do it all on location at one of our campuses in Germany.

Time models

Full-time studies are not always easy to manage, depending on your personal or professional situation. That’s why we’ve developed part-time programmes that offer flexible and extended study periods for all of our study programmes. This way, you can study alongside your job or in your free time, whether you’re in Germany or abroad. The various models are all identical in content. We will adapt your tuition fees to suit your time model. If you choose one of the part-time options, your weekly study workload will be reduced.


Perfect for students who want to hit the ground running and shorten the period of study by increasing their studying pace. 

2 available models 

  • Online studies
  • On campus

Part time I

Excellent for talented all-rounders who want to give their studies everything they’ve got while holding down a job and keeping down their monthly costs at the same time. 

1 available model 

  • Online studies 
Part time II

Ideal for students who would like to take their time completing their course on top of their job and everyday life and keep down the monthly costs of their studies. 

1 available model 

  • Online studies 
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Have any questions?

Visit our FAQ page or get in touch with our Study Advisors.