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What to expect when studying at IU International University of Applied Sciences

Whether you’re taking your first steps ever as a student, or working towards obtaining an additional degree, we aim to make life as easy, flexible and supportive for you during your studies at IU. Based on your choice of study model – online or on-campus – you’ll have access to different types of support, extracurricular activities, online events, networking opportunities and more.

In this page, you’ll get an over view of what your course of studies will look like, from application to graduation.

Here’s what you can expect when studying at IU:

Online studies

Online studies – Your road from application to graduation

Your application

Applying to your desired study programme is easy – you just need to fill out our online application form. In the video, we’ll take you through each step of the application process.

Once you’ve submitted your online application, your study contract will be sent to you via e-mail. Simply sign it digitally and e-mail it back to us, or print it out, sign it and send it to us via post.

Starting your studies

Once your contract has been received, and your application documents have been checked and approved by our admissions team, you’ll be ready to start your studies at IU.

You’ll receive an e-mail with your login details to your digital learning platform, where you’ll have access to your learning materials, exam booking system and your grades.

If you have any questions about how to use this platform, our study advisors are here to help. You can also watch the video or take the free Introduction to Studying at IU course, that will guide you through everything in detail.

Study your own way

Studying online at IU means studying where, when and how you want. You can choose how many courses you want to take each semester, and can access your learning materials anytime you want, from anywhere.

You don’t need to be tied down to any fixed schedule: set up your semesters so they fit in with the rest of your commitments.

In the video you will also find a detailed explanation about this topic. 

Your exams

Once you’ve completed a module, and feel confident in your understanding of the material, you can sign up and take your exam.

Just like with the rest of your studies, you get to decide when and where you want to take your exam; you can do it online or at one of our on-site examination centres.

Not all modules require a final written exam – some courses will require a term paper, project report, presentation or workbook.

In the video you will also find a detailed explanation about this topic. 

On Campus

On Campus – Your road from application to graduation

Your application

So you’ve made the choice to study on-campus in Germany during part or all of your studies. Wonderful – exciting opportunities in Europe’s largest economy await. In order to apply to the study programme of your choice, the first step is to fill out our online application form. In the video, we’ll take you through each step of the application process.

You don’t have to decide which semester you’ll take on-campus, if you don’t know yet. You can start your studies online, and move to our Berlin or Bad-Honnef campus at a later semester.

Once you’ve submitted your online application, your study contract will be sent to you via e-mail. Simply sign it digitally and e-mail it back to us – or upload it via our uploads page (a link to the page will be sent to you along with your contract.)

Starting your studies

Once your contract has been received, and your application documents have been checked and approved by our admissions team, you’ll be ready to start your studies at IU at the desired date you’ve selected – one of 2-4 possible starting date each year, depending on your programme.

On the starting date of your studies, you’ll receive an e-mail with your login details to your digital learning platform, where you’ll have access to your learning materials, exam booking system and your grades. Even though you’ll spend some of your semesters in a physical classroom, the digital campus environment is still a tool you’ll use regularly – so we recommend taking the online course “Starting your Studies” in order to get a full understanding of its features.

In the video you will also find a detailed explanation about this topic. 

Life as a on campus student

Now that you’re familiar with how to book your courses, all you need to do is follow the recommended course schedule when planning your semesters. If you need more time to complete your studies, because you have other obligations, or because you want to study at a different pace, you have the option to extend your study duration with no extra fees.

That’s it – you’re ready to attend your first lecture! You can expect intimate study sessions, either in-person or online according to your choice, where you’ll study side by side with your fellow students 2-3 times a week. You’ll have 24/7 access to the digital learning materials, such as the IU Learn App.

In the video you will also find a detailed explanation about this topic. 

Campus Life

The semesters you’ll spend on-campus are the ones where you’ll really make the most out of your choice to become a on campus student. You’ll be able to fully enjoy life as a student either in Berlin, one of our Europe’s most exciting cities, or in Bad-Honnef, an intimate student town located just a short trip from Cologne, one of Germany’s most famous cities.

Attend in-person lectures and make new friends on campus, study together in groups or just relax in the study areas – or enjoy some food and drinks in one of the many places in or around campus. Immerse yourself in German life, network and build your international career.

In this video, you can learn more about our Berlin campus.

Your exams

Once you’ve completed a module, and feel confident in your understanding of the material, you can sign up and take your exam.

Just like with the rest of your studies, you get to decide when and where you want to take your exam; you can do it online or at one of our on-site examination centres, in Germany, Austria or Switzerland.

Not all modules require a final written exam – some courses will require a term paper, project report, presentation or workbook.

And to complete your studies, you’ll work on your final thesis along with your thesis guide.

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