The most important thing before getting the ball rolling

Kick-starting your studies: From A to Z – making sure all bases are covered

Starting your studies

We want the path through your online study programme to be easy for you right from the start: That's why you can also register with us quickly, easily and online. Our study coaches are always available to answer any questions you may have. Here you will find all the information you need about starting your studies.

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Study without a university entrance qualification

After graduating from school, many opt for vocational training. Getting a degree can be a good way to develop or choose a new path at a later point in time. 

Under certain conditions, you are also entitled to higher education without a university entrance qualification. Today, every German university offers degrees that don’t require one. You can study either full-time or part-time at an online university. 

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Financial advice

You know what you want to achieve with your distance learning – we will put the wind in your sails. Here you can find out how to reduce the costs of your distance learning and make a smart investment in your future.

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Study models and fees

The IU online study programme adapts to your life – not the other way around. We know that there are other important things you need time for in your everyday life. That's why we offer flexible time models for all degree programmes.

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Recognition of your previous achievements

Have you already studied, worked or completed an apprenticeship? Then have your previous achievements recognised for your studies: This saves you time and money – 30 euros per ECTS point.


How to choose a course of study

The number of first-year students has been growing steadily for years and an increasing number of people of all ages are considering getting a degree. This has led to the development of a huge range of differently organised higher education institutions with a thematically broad selection of study programmes. Since the range of courses on offer is diverse and specialised, many prospective students are looking for help in making a decision.

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