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Study on Campus at IU

Get the full student experience by joining us in Germany on one of our international campuses

Experience a blend of online and in-person learning at IU

As Germany’s largest private state-accredited university, we believe in giving you flexibility in your learning journey so you can succeed at your own speed. 

That's why we also offer an on-campus option for students who want to study in Germany. You’ll benefit from a mix of online studies and classroom learning alongside your peers. Whether you choose our Berlin or Bad Honnef campus, you'll get the full international student experience.

The best part? Once you’ve completed your degree, you can apply for an 18-month post-study visa. This means you can remain in Germany after graduation and look for a job to kickstart your global career. For more information, download our free brochure or simply reach out to one of our study advisors anytime.

High-quality, accredited education

Our German-accredited and globally recognised study programmes ensure you achieve success after graduation, no matter where you go. 

Study with flexibility

Design your own learning path with our digital learning tools and benefit from a structured curriculum on-campus.

Having an IU degree pays

Our practical and career-oriented modules with a focus on future trends and digital technologies will help you build a futureproof career.

How On-Campus Studies Works

  • Attend classroom lectures 2 to 3 days a week at our Berlin or Bad Honnef campus.
  • Connect with your fellow students in small learning groups and benefit from a direct exchange with your lecturers.  
  • Get full access to scripts, videos, and presentations at any time via our online learning portal.
  • With the two-semester format, you will only study three modules per semester and sit for your exams after you've completed them. 
Online platform & Learning app

You’ll always have at your disposal interactive scripts and learning videos, for when you can’t make it to class.

Connect with your peers

Collaborate and interact with your classmates in small groups under the guidance of experienced lecturers. 

Get the guidance you need

Get full support from your personal study advisor, study guides and career coaches, whenever you need them.  

Discover Campus Life at IU

Germany is considered one of the top study destinations in the world and one of the best providers of education. The IU international campuses in Berlin and Bad Honnef are intimate, welcoming, and easily accessible to all students.  

You’ll have plenty of space to study, meet other students, talk to your professors, and socialise. Experience the German hustle and bustle in Berlin or enjoy the idyllic way of living in Bad Honnef – either way, you’ll have a full and rich international student experience in Germany.  

Benefits of on-campus studies:  

  • High-quality learning in an international environment   
  • Experience a new city and the German lifestyle   
  • Networking with international students   
  • Enjoy a structured way of learning with lots of flexibility  
  • Study rooms to concentrate and revise for exams 
  • Option to join sports clubs and associations   

Berlin Campus

International, dynamic, and progressive, Berlin is set to become Europe’s leading start-up hub and entrepreneurial capital. With a multinational population of around 3.5 million, the city is a powerhouse for networking and collaboration.

The IU campus is right in the heart of Berlin, with around 2000 students studying in the cultural hotspot. Students have access to libraries and facilities across the city and we are happy to support in finding accommodation in Berlin.   

Bad Honnef Campus

The picturesque town of Bad Honnef is situated in North Rhine-Westphalia, one of Germany’s most beautiful regions. It offers amazing scenery, and the cultural centres of Cologne and Bonn are just 30 minutes away by train.

The IU campus offers the most modern facilities housed in a mixture of historic and contemporary buildings. There is WiFi across campus, bars and restaurants for students to relax, and many sports clubs and societies for students to join. With IU's on-campus student accommodation, you’ll quickly feel at home.   

Campus in Berlin and Bad Honnef

Get the full benefits of the student lifestyle by choosing one of IU’s campus locations 

An international experience

Being in a diverse environment lets you build social skills such as tolerance and self-confidence.   

Accommodation support

Live with IU students on-campus in Bad Honnef or get help in finding a place in Berlin from the Student Office. 

How to Apply

Apply Online

Already know what you want to study and when you want to start? Simply fill out our online application form, select your desired study programme, and submit your application - without any obligations. 

Sign your study contract

Once we've reviewed your application, we will send you a study contract via email. Click on the link in the email to upload the required documents such as university entrance qualifications, national ID, and a professional CV.  

Get ready

During your admissions process, you will receive an email with all the access information that you’ll need for your studies: myCampus, IU Learn App, IU email address, Office 365. Your IU introductory session will take place within your first week. 


The application process

Where can I apply to study on campus?

Applying to study at IU takes place online; simply fill out our online application form and we'll review your application within 72 hours. In your application, you can select one out of two campuses to study at in Germany: Berlin or Bad Honnef. 

Who can apply to study on campus?

Anyone with a valid university entrance qualification to study in Germany can apply. Depending on the country you are from, you might also need a student visa. 

Once you apply online, you will be contacted by a study advisor who will provide you with all the details about your application needs.  

When can I apply?

You can apply to study on campus anytime by submitting the online application form. We have a total of 4 intakes per year: In January, April, July and October. It’s up to you to decide when you want to join and you can indicate your desired starting date in your application. Make sure to apply early so you can get any visas sorted out in time for your studies.

I am unsure about which study programme should I choose – Who can help me?

Don’t worry – many people face the same issue. Simply reach out to our Study Advisors by email or phone. Our team will guide you personally on your study options and provide support whenever you need it.

Studying on-campus

Can I change my location after I’ve started my studies?

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

When do I need to attend on-campus classes?

You'll need to attend classroom lessons 2-3 days per week during the day. 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. 

When do exams take place?

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 in parallel. After you've completed the courses, you 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. 

Can I work part-time?

Yes, in Germany, you are allowed to work part-time as a student and it is manageable with on-campus studies. Since the classroom lectures take place 2-3 days a week, you can always plan to have free days for a job on the side. Please note that the job search is independent of IU.

How much contact do I have with fellow students and lecturers?

With our on campus studies, there is always a group feeling. Within your degree programme, you move closely with your fellow students through the joint courses and can also talk to your lecturers personally at any time. While you have direct contact at the location, you have many opportunities for digital exchange with interactive video conferences or channels on various topics. 

About IU International University of Applied Sciences

Are on campus programmes state-recognised?

Yes, all our study programmes are accredited by the German Accreditation Council, FIBAA, and internationally recognised. For over 20 years, we’ve been a provider of quality-assured higher education to students from all around the world. 

How many people are studying at IU?

There are currently over 85,000 people studying at IU. We have over 20 years of experience with excellent feedback from our students, whether in distance learning, part-time or on campus studies.

What's IU's reputation?

IU is well-ranked among other universities around the world; we received a 5-star rating for Online Learning on QS Stars, the world's popular source for university ranking data. The quality of our programmes, faculty, and resources are regularly tested and evaluated against international quality standards.

96% of our students recommend us - that speaks for itself and we are very proud of that. Through innovative teaching methods and practice-based curriculums, we prepare our students for a successful career start. 

Personal counselling

You have questions?

Do you need help with your decision? Your personal student advisor is there for you!

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