What you'll need to study with IU
We’re excited that your considering to study with us! In order for you to have a smooth application process, you’ll need to make sure that you have the right technical set-up for online studies, as well as the required documents and study credentials.
If you’re feeling confused – don’t worry! In this section, we’ll go into detail and cover everything you need to have in order to become a student at IU International University of Applied Sciences.
And if you still have any questions, or would like more in-depth advice, please get in touch with our Study Advisory Team, who will be happy to assist you.
Our study programmes are all taught in English, and were all designed with internationality and global work skills in mind. Therefore, in order for you to succeed in your studies at IU, a good command of English is required.
Whether you’re planning to study completely online, or if you are planning to study in Germany in English, you are required to show a proof of English language proficiency, achieved in one of the following ways:
- TOEFL (min. 80 points) or
- IELTS (min. Level 6) or
- Duolingo English test (min. 95 points) or
- Cambridge Certificate (min. B grade overall) or
- Other equivalent proof, such as the Speexx B2.2 certificate (available via the free IU English course – more details below)
Not sure that your English skills are adequate? We’re here to help. You can test your English language skills by taking the Duolingo English test online – it's fast (just 45 to 60 minutes), easy to take and your certified results will arrive within 2 days.
Still not sure? Took the test and didn’t pass? Don’t worry. At IU, our goal is to make high-quality education accessible to everyone. That’s why we’re offering a free English course. By successfully completing the course in 3 months, you'll prove that you have the required level of English proficiency. For more details about the Speexx English course, get in touch with our study advisors.
In order to meet the IU admission requirements, you’ll need to first choose your study programme, as the requirements differ depending on your programme and its ECTS model.
Some programmes require previous professional experience, while others require a previous degree in a relevant field or a secondary school diploma. When looking at the study programme page you’re interested in, scroll over to or click on the “Admission” section. That’s where you’ll find in-depth information on the academic requirements you need to fulfil when applying.
If you don’t meet some of the admission criteria – don’t worry! You can contact our Study Advisory Team, who will offer solutions on a case-by-case basis, and help you apply to the right Bachelor or Master study programme for you.
As most – or all – of your studies will be carried out online, you’ll need some basic technological tools in order to study at IU Online University of Applied Sciences. These include a reliable Wi-Fi connection, a laptop or a PC and, for exams – an external webcam or a webcam mobile app on your smartphone or tablet.
We’ve prepared a list of the minimum specification requirements you’ll need, in order to ensure a smooth and enjoyable studying experience. The list covers the operating systems, browser and webcam models we recommend all of our students use.
If you have any questions regarding these technical requirements, please get in touch with our Study Advisory Team.
Minimum computer and webcam specifications required
- Operating Systems (OS):
- Microsoft: All operating systems from Microsoft Windows 7 onwards
- Macintosh: All operating systems from Mac OS X version 10.5 onwards
- Computer Hardware:
- Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo processor 2.0 GHz or faster
- Memory: 1 GB RAM memory or more, 5 GB free hard disk space or more
- Internet connection: Download speed of at least 3 Mbit/s or more (test your speed here)
- Mozilla Firefox (latest version)
- Browser Plug-ins
- Adobe Flash Player (latest version)
- Adobe Acrobat Reader (latest version)
- Sound card (with loudspeakers or headphones and a microphone)
- Webcam recommendations
- Please note: Using your laptop’s integrated camera is not allowed during exams.
- Either use an external webcam, which is connected to your laptop/PC or
- Connect a mobile device, for example your smartphone or tablet, via an app to your laptop/PC and use that as an alternative for the external webcam. We recommend apps like “DroidCam” (for Android devices) or “iVCam” (for iOS devices)
Feel free to use any webcam model that you find best. But if you’re looking for a recommendation, you can consider one of the following options:
- LOGITECH C270
- MICROSOFT LifeCam HD-3000
- TRUST 16428 SpotLight Webcam Pro
- Webcam use and positioning
- The camera should be placed so that the keyboard, your hands and your face are visible from the side. You will be able to see your live image in your laptop, as is seen by the proctor platform. This will help you to adjust the camera position.
- We recommend that you position your camera so that you are still visible if you slightly move/change positions during the exam.