What do I need

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.

English skills

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.

Admission requirements

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.

Application Checklist

For a detailed review of all of the documents you need to prepare for your application, visit our Application Checklist page, where you can find all of the information you need.

View Checklist

Technical requirements

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

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