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Life as a campus student

Network, study, and explore Germany’s buzzing opportunities in our Berlin or Bad Honnef campuses. Learn about campus life at IU on this page. 

Here’s what’s waiting for you

Do you want to know what your everyday life at university is going to look like?  

On this page, you’ll find tips on topics such as finding an apartment as a student, finding a job, and what departments at IU you’ll be in regular contact with.  

Here we’ll cover everything you need to know about campus life at IU, plus the benefits of international student life in Germany. 

Part uni time, part you time

As a student learning on campus, you‘ll have tutorials on campus 2-3 days per week. The other days are at your free disposal!  

So you can decide for yourself when to study, when to work, and when to just take a break and enjoy some of what Germany has to offer.  

Your success is our mission

Even before you start your studies, our study advisors are here to answer any questions you might have. 

And once you started your studies? You’ll have study guides available for any need you have as an international student, plus learning advice and motivation from study coaches, career coaches who‘ll prepare you for your career entry.

And the student office for any questions or requests about your studies. 

Use your status to your advantage

As a student in Germany, you’ll benefit from discounts during your studies: 

For example, you can pay less on your Spotify subscription or Amazon Primeaccount.  

As an IU student, you can improve your skills thanks to free access to LinkedIn Learning with over 5000 exciting courses, and get free access to programmes such as Microsoft 365 or Adobe Cloud, to help you work on class projects. 

Discover more benefits 

How is student life in Germany?

Germany is a great place for students to live, work and build their future careers in. It has a very strong economy, one of the best educational systems in the world in regards to graduate employment rates, and countless opportunities for skillful, hard-working students who can contribute to its workforce. 

Here are some of the perks of international student life in Germany: 

It’s multicultural

23% of Germany’s population have either immigrated to the country at one point, or have parents who immigrated to the country. That is well above the EU average of 10%, making Germany one of the most international countries in all of Europe*.  

Everything is accessible

Despite its size, major cities in Germany are pretty evenly distributed across the map. Even smaller towns like Bad Honnef, that offer an intimate learning experience, are only a short train ride from lively cities like Cologne, Dortumnd and Düsseldorf - so university campus life can offer the best of both worlds.  

Opportunities are everywhere

Make campus life the entry point to your career life – living in Germany as an international student offers plenty of career prosepcts, especially as an IU student. Plus, with your student visa you can legally work part-time throughout your studies. 

You can stay after you graduate

Due to the large size of the local economy, German companies are always looking for talented, skillful employees. One of the best parts about international student life in Germany is that  as a graduate of a degree with campus learning, you’re entitled to an 18-month job seeking visa

Working, studying, living: Our tips

Moving to another country, finding your first job as an international student, sorting out your accommodation:  

These are all exciting aspects of being an IU student learning on campus.

We need they can all be stressful, too – so we’ve compiled some useful advice here for you, to help make your life easier

How do I find a flat?

Whether it's a shared flat, student dorms, or a room for subletting: You have many options. The best time to start looking is 2-3 months before the end of the current semester, when many graduates leave the city. 

In Bad Honnef, we offer student accommodation exclusively for IU students. In Berlin, the housing market requires a dedicated effort. 

If you're looking for a flat, it's worth looking into shared flats: the prices are usually a little lower compared to a flat of your own –

And it’s a great way to meet new people.

Our tips: 

  • Mobilise your friends and family 
  • Post on online groups  
  • Start an appeal on social networks 
  • Look at local online ad boards (Craigslist, eBay Kleinanzeigen) 

Es ist toll, dass du bei uns einsteigst!

How do I find a job?

You can earn money and gain valuable work experience while studying -with a part-time job.  

With a 450 € mini-job or a student job, you will have enough time for your studies. If you find a working student job, you might even be hired after your graduation.  

You can find offers on social media, through our career office, or on job portals such as JobTeaser (you’ll get access to the site as an IU student). 

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How do I learn on campus?

As unique as each IU campus is, they all have one thing in common: they offer you optimal opportunities to study, exchange ideas with others and relax.  

Our modern facilities give you plenty of opportunities to eat, study in peace and take breaks.  

In addition, you can look forward to the following advantages to learning on campus

  • You‘ll study in small groups and can better participate in the learning process 
  • You can study in a relaxed atmosphere in our designated learning areas 
  • You‘ll benefit from our innovative infrastructure and central location 
  • You‘ll have the opportunity to spend time with your fellow students – grab lunch or a coffee, and get to know the people you study with
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.

Personal counselling
Have any questions?

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

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