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How it works

At IU, we always enhance your experiences

Helping someone is its own reward, but at IU, we like do things a little differently. So when you introduce your friends, family or colleagues to our study programmes — and they successfully enrol — you win too. 

This is how it works

Excited about your studies? Tell your friends about it!

Show your people what IU has to offer — from our top-of-the-line programmes to discount offers and more. Use the form below to create your personalized referral link and share it with your friends! 

New journeys begin

The people you’ve recommended can start their application process right away by clicking the link and filling out the application. Your referral data is automatically pre-filled when they come through your link.

Time to celebrate

Once they're successfully registered, you can start studying together — which is cause for celebration if you ask us. Meanwhile, you'll receive up to €200 (voucher or bank transfer) for every person you’ve helped.

Friends make great classmates

Pursuing an education doesn’t have to be a lonely time for you. At IU, you can surround yourself with like-minded people. Studying with friends makes everything from planning your coursework to keeping yourself motivated that much easier. 


Eric T. Jones

"Mr. Decontee Quayee Wesseh and I have been on this journey since our undergrad days. Our bond grew strong as we tackled Electrical Engineering side by side. Even after graduation and separate jobs, our connection held. When I found IU International University of Applied Sciences, I quickly contacted Mr. Wesseh and informed him about the university and its amazing academic programmes. Now, in the MBA - Engineering Management program, we're still a team, helping each other conquer every challenge."

Eric T. Jones,

Master’s in Engineering Management student, Liberia

Djomgoue Eugene Steve

"Studying at IU University of Applied Science is an immense fortune. The availability of tutors and their flexibility and high-quality courses leaves no stone unturned to shape one's future. Tremendous respect, love, and collaboration amongst students and department. IU is the right environment for learning. Studying at IU is looking to the future."

Djomgoue Eugene Steve,

Bachelor’s in Cybersecurity student, Cameroon

Do's and Don'ts

Bringing a friend is easy

Consider the following points when applying:

  • Please make sure you've signed up to get the most up-to-date information on your favourite programmes. Please ensure, that you are still successfully enrolled with us or successfully finished your studies.
  • It's important that the people you recommend use the same email address that you used to register with IU or your official IU email address if you are currently enrolled (only important if your friends don't use your personalized referral link).
  • The person you refer must be new to IU and not already registered in our system.  
  • You can combine this campaign with other IU campaigns.  

Get some answers before you get started

Am I eligible to refer friends to IU?

To participate in our referral program, you must be enrolled and have completed at least one month of your studies. If you're not enrolled, you’ll only be considered once you’ve become a student.

When can I expect to receive the voucher or money?

When you’re enrolled*, you'll receive the €100 after the person you referred successfully registers. The validation of your recommendation can take up to 8 weeks.

Is there a limit to how many people I can refer?

There is no limit to how many people you can refer, so go ahead and refer as many friends as you like. You will continue to receive rewards for every person that successfully registers* and successfully continues their education at IU.

What is the maximum bonus I can receive for each person I refer?

On-campus students can receive up to €200 for each person they referred who successfully registers* (for online or on-campus programmes). Online students can receive up to €100.

I’m still not sure how it works. Who should I talk to?

If you’re already enrolled, please reach out to our team at And if you’re not yet enrolled and still have unanswered questions, contact us at

*A student receives the status of being fully enrolled as soon as all documents for full enrollment have been submitted.

Terms & Conditions

The rules are simple

The following guidelines apply:

Bring a Friend Terms and Conditions   

The reward for the recruitment of a student or an attendee will only be paid out if the recruited person has fully enrolled at a study programme at IU (Speexx is not a valid study programme) and has begun the study programme. A student receives this status as soon as all documents for full enrollment have been submitted. For claiming the payout, it is necessary that the referred person names the recommender in the online application of IU International University of Applied Sciences along with the recommender’s official IU e-mail address. After the application no recommendation is possible anymore. A reward will not be paid if the recruited person has already contacted IU before he/she was recruited. In addition, the commercial marketing of the Bring a Friend campaign on websites or in similar forms is strictly prohibited. Staff members of IU Group, IU Unibuddy Student Ambassadors or any of its subsidiaries, are not eligible to participate in the Bring a Friend campaign.    

Reward will be paid within eight weeks after these conditions have been fulfilled. The reward will be paid in cash, via bank transfers, to persons who have an IBAN bank account in Euro currency. All others, as an alternative, will receive a value voucher for the equivalent amount of the cash bonus. Vouchers will be sent within eight weeks after the relevant conditions have been fulfilled.   

All existing IU students, whether studying online or on campus, can participate and recommend their family, friends and colleagues to the IU. Students can combine the ‘Bring A Friend’ campaign with any other IU promotional offers or campaigns.   

The IU shall assume no liability for the due fulfilment of orders by third party online voucher websites operating in different countries. In no event shall the IU be liable for any claims, penalties, loss, damage or expenses, howsoever arising, out of or in connection with your use of these third party online voucher websites, including, without limitation, direct or indirect loss, consequential loss or damage, loss of profit or goodwill, loss of data, loss arising from use or inability to use these websites, loss arising from any errors or omissions in the Website as a result of a breach of contract, negligence, delict. In no event shall the IU be liable for any human loss or personal injury caused or suffered, at the operating units of these third party voucher websites, due to negligence or man-made events or due to natural calamities.   

(As of December 2023)

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Create and share your personalised referral link by filling in the form.

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