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FAQs

Getting started
What admission requirements apply?

IU’s admission requirements depend on the study programme you are interested in. You can find the exact requirements for each programme listed on the page of each respective study programme, but if you’re looking for a general outline of our admission requirements, you can find it under the question “What documents do I need to prepare for my admission?” In this FAQ.  

How does the application process work?

Once you’ve chosen the study programme you want to take, and checked that you meet the application requirements, the next step is submitting your online application

It’s quick and easy to do: here’s a video that takes you through the process. At the end of your online application, a study contract will be made available for you to download. At this point, just sign and upload your study contract via your uploads page. You’ll get a link to it along with your contract. 

Once your signed contract is uploaded, you’ll need to upload your admission documents. Our admissions team will then check them to determine whether you are indeed eligible to start your desired study programme.  

If some documents are still required, admissions will let you know by email. If all documents are complete and you are eligible for the desired study programme, you will be registered and will receive an email with the next steps.  

Once your starting date arrives, you will receive credentials to log in to your virtual campus and can begin your studies. Good luck! 

For more detailed information about the application process please click here.

What documents do I need to prepare for my application?

Relevant documents that are needed for admission to a Bachelor's or Master’s programme can be found on our website in the respective page of your desired study programme. 

In general, you will need to provide the following before you start your studies

  • Study contract signed (this will be made available for download at the end of your Online Application Form) 
  • University entrance qualification (this can be an upper secondary school certificate or a Bachelor’s degree, depending on the programme)* 
  • Upper secondary school transcript of records (with courses and grades) 
  • Proof of English proficiency (for detailed information, see next question of this section) 
  • For certain Master or MBA programs: proof of work experience 

And the following needs to be provided within the first three months of your studies

  • CV (in tabluar form) 
  • National ID (with your photo) 
  • Certified copies of your application documents – the originals and the translations*  

*The admissions documents must be provided in English or German, if they were not issued in one of these two languages, a translation is required. If you need to translate your documents, we can help refer you to our trusted translation partners M21 Global. You can find more details here

If you translate your documents via M21 Global, there’s no need to provide a certified copy of the translation, as this is done by them. You’ll only need to certify the original language version of your documents.

How can I provide proof of my English skills?

If you’ve completed your previous studies in English, you do not need to provide this. If not, you can prove your English proficiency level through one of the following: 

  • TOEFL (min. 80 points) 
  • IELTS (min. Level 6) 
  • Duolingo English Test (min. 95 points) 
  • Cambridge certificate (min. B grade overall) 

If you’re not sure, you can take the Duolingo English test online (just 45-60 mins) and receive your certified results within 2 days. For those who need extra help, we also offer a free online English course – simply reach out to our study advisors for more information. 

What is the deadline to submit my documents?

Your application is complete as soon as your study contract and admission documents are uploaded and approved. The sooner our admissions team receives your application documents, the quicker your admission is reviewed.  

IU offers you the flexibility to submit your documents whenever you’re ready, but we strongly encourage you to finish this step as early as possible.   

Is my pre-degree work experience valid?

Some of our Master and MBA programmes require work experience in a relevant field under certain circumstances. This must have been achieved after completion of your bachelor. Admission requirements for each course are available on course pages.  

When can I start studying?

Online: 
We guarantee IU online students maximum flexibility, so you can choose your own starting date in your application. On that day, we will send you the access data you need to begin.   

On Campus:  
We offer 2 to 4 intake dates per year, depending on the programme, but you can apply at any time. However, our on-campus programmes have fixed starting times. See the course pages for more.  

What alternatives do I have if I don’t meet the admission requirements?

IU International University of Applied Sciences is a German accredited university, which means we as an institution are bound by state regulations. To find out more about our accreditations, rankings, and degree recognitions, please visit our Accreditations & Rankings page. 

In case you don’t meet admission requirements, our study advisory team will provide you with the relevant requirements you will ultimately need to meet in order to be admitted. This may include, for example, completing free admission courses before starting your study programme – or choosing a different programme. 

Studying at IU

General questions

Can I combine my studies with a full-time job? Do you offer the option to study part-time?

Yes, we have taken various life obligations into account when designing our online study programmes. Therefore, you can switch between three time models and set your own learning pace, according to your personal needs.  
 
The regular study period for a Bachelor’s degree is 36 months, but you have the option of choosing between the extended study periods of 48 or 72 months. You can also extend your regular study period – even during your studies - by 12 months, free of charge.   
 
The regular study period for the Master is usually 12 or 24 months, depending on the ECTS points of your study programme. Here, too, we offer part-time variants that run for 36 or 48 months. You can also extend your regular study period – even during your studies - by 12 months, free of charge.   
 
For more details, please visit our Study Models page

What if I won’t be able to complete my degree within my chosen duration of studies?

IU students can exceed the standard period of study for their chosen time model by 12 months, free of charge.  

Do I have the option of taking a break from my online study programme or taking a semester off?

Yes, we offer you the option of taking a semester off to allow yourself a break from studying. During this time, your study programme will be suspended, and you will not have access to the online learning platform or your learning materials. We therefore do not charge any fees during your semester off.   

A leave of absence is possible from the second semester onwards. In total, a leave of absence may not exceed half of the regular study period for your online study programme (e.g., for a six-semester Bachelor, this equates to a maximum of three semesters of leave).  

Is there a graduation ceremony?

Twice a year, we hold graduation ceremonies on our campuses in Germany. Online students are welcome to participate at their own expense. If you do not wish to attend, we will send you your degree certificate by post, free of charge.  

I’m not a typical student. Are there people like me at IU?

Since 1998, we have supported thousands of students of various backgrounds and age groups in developing themselves both personally and professionally. Our campuses and our online environment are home to a community of over 85,000 students from all kinds of backgrounds, career levels, nationalities, and experiences.  

When will I receive my certificate and what does it look like?

Your degree certificate should be with you up to 10 weeks after getting your final grade. You can find samples of the degree certificate and transcript of records for Bachelor, Master and MBA here. 

Who should I contact for assitance once I have enrolled?

Once you have enrolled, you can get in touch with our Student Office for help with any queries you might have, and they will point you in the right direction. Their contact details are on the myCampus platform, you will receive login details for this once you have completed your enrolment.  

High School Diploma Study Pathway

High School Diploma Study Pathway

How is IU offering this?

We are part of more than 10,000 Cambridge International schools that offer these qualifications. IU is registered as an online school that provides these courses digitally to prepare students for the Cambridge examinations.

How will IU help me get my high school diploma equivalent?

We will provide you with all the necessary materials needed to prepare for the Cambridge examination. We provide this through synchronous and asynchronous teaching, scripts, Q&A, Slides, Videos, Podcasts, etc.

Are there live or interactive classes?

We provide synchronous and asynchronous teaching.

Is this available for on-campus Bachelors?

No, we are registered as an online Cambridge School. We only provide these courses online.

Do I need to have any sort of diploma or certificate to do the High School Diploma Study Pathway?

Anyone without a high school diploma (or an equivalent secondary school leaving certificate, like A-Levels or an IB Diploma) can take High School Diploma Study Pathway. You do not need any kind of school certificate; the only requirement is to be over 16 years old

Do I have to be a certain age to enrol in the High School Diploma Study Pathway?

You must be above 16 years of age and have your parents or legal guardians sign a consent form in the study contract. If you are above 18 then you can sign the contract. 

Can I take the Cambridge exam again if I fail the first time? How often can I repeat it?

Yes, you can. You must register directly with Cambridge at an exam venue near you, which can be found here. In case you do not pass the exam the second time around, you can still re-register and wait for the next date to take the exam again (by your own means). You have unlimited chances to retake the exam. 

Can I repeat the exam right away or do I have to wait for the next examination date (June/November)?

You can only sit for the exam again in the following examination date (June/November).

Do I need to provide a proof of English skills for the High School Diploma Study Pathway?

We highly recommend taking the free of charge IU English course exam, but there is no need to provide proof for admissions. 

Do I need to send IU a certified hard copy of the Cambridge certificate?

You can send a copy of the certification or certified statement to our Admissions office so you can continue with your Bachelor studies. You can also send Admissions your Cambridge Candidate Number, the Cambridge Centre Number, and your date of birth so they can review your results for you. There are certain countries where Cambridge does not allow our team to verify the results online. In these cases, students should verify their results on their own and send them to us: Bahamas, Botswana, Brunei, Lesotho, Malaysia, Mauritius, Namibia, and Swaziland. 

How much time do I have to complete the High School Diploma Study Pathway?

You are obliged to submit proof of having passed the external examinations from Cambridge by mail to the IU Admissions Office within 12 months after starting the courses

Do I need to achieve specific grades in the final Cambridge exams?

To continue with your study programme, you will need to pass your Cambridge exams. According to Cambridge, the passing grade is any grade over E in the certificate.  

AS Level grade & PUM range 

A 80-100 

B 70-79 

C 60-69 

D 50-59 

E 40-49 

If I fail the Cambridge exams, will IU refund any already paid fees?

Since IU does not charge for the High School Diploma Study Pathway courses, we do not provide any refunds. Cambridge does not refund their examination fees either.  

What if I fail some of my Cambridge examinations?

If you do not pass any or all of your Cambridge exams, you can re-register and wait for the next date to take the exam again (by your own means). You have unlimited chances to retake the exams. 

Can I still change my study programme halfway?

Yes, but we do not recommend you to as you would have to pay a fee and you might lose contract time. If you want to change tracks completely, you will have to be ex-matriculated from your track and start the new one from the beginning. 

Can I study a degree programme that only starts in the future?

You can start both the High School Diploma Study Pathway and the study programme at the same time, you will just have to wait for that programme to start and have access to all courses. 

Study options

Studying online

How does distance learning work at IU?

Online courses consist of video lectures, interactive learning material, access to online materials via the library, as well as online examination. You can access the materials 24/7 on mobile or PC via our online learning platform MyCampus. That way you can fit learning around your own schedule. You will also be able to interact with other students and your lecturers in case you have any questions.  

Are there any in-person classes that I have to attend?

No. Your online studies are 100% flexible and are done whenever works for you. That includes the exams, too. 

What equipment do I need for my studies ?

You only need a reasonably up-to-date PC (desktop or laptop) with a stable internet connection. Other internet-capable devices such as a tablet or smartphone can also assist you in your studies. 

For detailed equipment recommendations, please visit our How to apply page

Does IU offer an online library?

Yes, once you're registered as a student, you will also receive access to our online library, where you can search for an unlimited amount of journal articles and literature that can be downloaded in an e-book format.

What digital study materials are available?

Interactivity is a top priority for us. This means that you will have numerous online learning materials at your disposal. The content of each course can vary to include video tutorials, podcasts, interactive PDFs, presentations, or e-books from our online library.  

We also stress the practical relevance of our teaching material by using case studies and reports from everyday work life. We also attach great importance to intensive exam preparation (e.g. through non-graded self-tests).  

Is there a platform to interact with fellow students?

Yes, you can exchange ideas with other students via our virtual campus.  

Exams

Where do I take my exams?

If you study online, once you meet the exam requirements of a given course (e.g. passing non-graded self-tests), you can register for an exam at any time. Exam slots are available 24/7, 365 days a year. 

How are the exams carried out?

Our online exams are carried out and supervised by an external provider, with whom you’ll need to book a time slot in advance (at any time of day you would like). To take your exam, you will need to connect to the provider’s platform at the scheduled time, with either your laptop and an external webcam, or two digital devices (iPad and smartphone, for example) - one with which you’ll take the exam, and one which is set up so your keyboard, hands and face are visible from the side.  

This is required in order to ensure that you take the exam without using any external help, such as contact with other people or using notes. 

How long are the exams?

The duration is determined by the ECTS points earned through the course: 
- A 5 ECTS course means the exam is 90 minutes long. 
- A 10 ECTS course means the exam is 180 minutes long. 

How are the exams structured?

The structure of the final exam depends on the course type and reflects the content of the course. In standard courses, the exam usually consists of approx. 50% open/ semi-open questions and 50% closed questions (e.g. multiple-choice, yes-no, matching questions). Other courses may require a different exam type such as case study, project-specific presentation, written assignment etc. 

How and when will I receive mx exams results?

The results will be published three to six weeks (max.) after the examination date.

Fees & Payments
What are the online course fees?

Online course fees vary depending on your chosen time model and study programmes. Visit our Tuition Fees page to find a detailed breakdown. 

Can I pay the course fees in instalments?

Here at IU, we offer flexible payment options, please contact our student advisory team for more details.  

Which payment methods are available?

At IU we offer a wide variety of secure international payment methods that fit your needs. You can easily pay your fees in your local currency via bank transfer, or by using a wide range of local online payment options. The available payment options and currencies may differ per country. 

For more information on the different payment methods we offer, please visit our payment methods page. 

Are there any application fees or any other charges?

There are no application fees, or fees for consultations. Our tuition fees cover everything you need to study at IU, including access to our online study platform and app, your exams, access to our digital library and LinkedIn Learning courses, and career support services. 

For on-campus students, a one-time semester fee will be charged. For more details, visit our tuition fees page.  

Can I try out one of our programmes? Do you offer a trial period?

After you enrol, you can try out the online learning programme you’ve applied for, for four weeks free of charge and without any obligation. During this time, all IU offers and services will be available to you. If you are not happy with the programme, you can leave it within these four weeks, no strings attached. 

If you like your studies, you can simply continue studying after the trial period has ended. In this case, your first month will count as a regular study period for which a fee will be charged. We’ll only charge you for the first month after the end of the trial phase.

Post-application documents
What documents do I need send via post? When do I need to send them?

You will need to send: 

  • A certified copy of your university entrance qualification documents via post to our postal address: 

IU International University of Applied Sciences 
Albert-Proeller-Str. 15-19 
86675 Buchdorf, Germany 

If your documents are not in English or German, you will need to provide a sworn/certified translation into English or German – we accept both. 

IU works together with a translation agency called M21 Global. If you want to use their translation service, please submit your Online Application and your diploma for a first Admission review. Make sure to upload/send to us your translation consent form – available here

If you translate your documents via M21 Global, there’s no need to provide a certified (sworn) copy of the translation, as this is done by them. You’ll only need to certify the original language version of your documents.

If you already have sworn translations of your application documents, you should mail us a certified paper copy (s) of the sworn translation (s) via post.

Can documents be digitally certified, or do I always have to send certified paper copies via post?

If your diploma has a digital signature, which can be verified online, we can accept it and you don’t have send us a certified copy via post.   

You can also ask your university/school to send the diploma and transcripts directly from their official email address to our email address admission-online@iu.org. 

When is my deadline to send the certified hard copies of my admission documents by post?

Certified paper copies should reach IU within 3 months after starting your studies.  

Failure to provide certified paper copies on time may result in de-registration.  

Do you want to get started? Test 1 month for free!

Take the opportunity to find out whether an online study programme with IU International University of Applied Sciences is the right fit for you. You can test your desired study programme during your free trial –completely free of charge and with no strings attached. Simply apply for your online study programme and unlock your access. Happy learning!

Personal counselling

Have any questions?

Visit our FAQ page or get in touch with our Study Advisors. You can also find information about the application process under our Become a Student page.