Knowledge creates growth: Distance learning with the help of employer funding

More competence and know-how for your company

Invest in the future of your company by offering employees access to online study programmes that are employer-funded: The success of your company's goals depends to a large extent on the skills and commitment of your employees. By consistently promoting higher education programmes, you create an investment that pays off many times over and gives you a decisive competitive advantage in the "War for Talents".  

  • 1. Train skilled workers

    Through higher education, professionals can better develop their talents and acquire specialised expertise – skills that can be used in the further development of your products or services. 

  • 2. Retain employees

    Further training opportunities enhance your reputation as an attractive employer. This is because, in the age of lifelong learning, the opportunity for further education – alongside salary or promotion prospects – takes on a central significance.[1] 

  • 3. Increase productivity

    The opportunity for further training makes employees feel appreciated, which leads to higher loyalty. This in turn has a positive effect on your team's productivity and willingness to perform.  

A win-win for you and your employees

Flexible study programmes and models: In order to ensure that our students master their higher education and career, we offer various time models to suit their circumstances – with a wide range of subject and industry specialisations to strengthen their individual career profile in a targeted manner.  

Save costs: Lack of training opportunities can cause you to lose valuable employees to a competitor company. These fluctuation-related costs can be avoided by actively promoting the development of your employees and thus retaining them in your company in the long term.

  • Increase motivation and willingness to perform

  • Retention of staff in the company

  • No acquisition of academics necessary

  • Increase productivity

  • Expansion of the knowledge pool

  • Tapping into new trends and technologies

  • Further development of the range of services

  • Targeted preparation for specialist or management positions

  • No cost-intensive acquisition of new skilled workers

  • Increasing your reputation as an attractive employer

Distance learning at a glance

  • Study programmes

    200+ Bachelor-, Master or MBA programmes in various subject areas 

  • Study models

    Full-time, Part-time I or Part-time II 

    100% online, 100% flexible 

  • Start of studies

    Possible at any time 

  • Forms of examination

    Online or on-site exams 

    100% exam freedom – whenever & whereever you want 

  • State-approved

    Top-level education: state-approved, accredited & multiple awards 

  • Save additional costs

    Take a free semester off or extend your studies for 12 months free of charge  

    Tax deductibility: Recover up to 42% of tuition fees  

Facts and figures at a glance

  • 71% of companies use further training measures to counter the shortage of skilled workers [2] 

  • 74% of job advertisements are aimed at professionals with a high need of recruitment [3] 

  • 71% of companies use the development of their employees to retain them [4] 

How to apply for defrayal in 3 steps

  1. Your employee applies for their desired study programme via our online form. 
  2. Together with your employee, you fill in our application for defrayal and send it to finanzen-fernstudium@iu.org
  3. We will send you a bill at your desired interval so you can transfer the corresponding amount to IU International University of Applied Sciences. 


First-hand experience

Christos Papadopoulos

CEO - AWEOS GmbH

"The world of digital marketing is fast-paced and constantly changing. We benefit from the IU students in our team because they keep their cool in stressful situations and see change as an opportunity." 

Henrike Pflughoft

Hotel Manager - FORA Hotel

"So far, our experience with students has been extremely positive and we are very happy to count them among our team. For us, working with IU students is the ideal solution for attracting young talent." 

[1] Study "Attraktive Arbeitgeber 2018" (German)[2] Source: Statista expert survey 
[3] Source: Statista survey 
[4] Source: Statista expert survey