Find the right distance learning programme for you

You are looking for help deciding on the right distance learning programme? You’ve come to the right

You are looking for help deciding on the right distance learning programme? You’ve come to the right place! On this page, you learn about some facts and figures concerning our distance learning programme and the benefits and options we offer. On top of that, we give you detailed advice on choosing your study programme.

Study landscape

Our distance learning programme is on the road to success. How about you?

Counting more than 85.000 students, IU International University of Applied Sciences (IU) is now the largest private institution of its kind in Germany. Growth is part of our mission: We want everyone to access education and enable you to follow your path – no matter who or where you are in life.

IU in numbers

Diversity is key: our student body is proof of that. 

  • 68.2% come from a non-academic household

  • 28.5% are looking after a child under 18

  • 13.7% have a migratory background

  • 10.3% do not have a high school diploma

  • 6.7% are facing health impairments

*Data from the first semester survey on distance learning (March 2021)

The most popular fields of study

The most popular fields of study with our students are health & social affairs, education & psychology as well as economics & management.

  • 30.6% Health & Social Affairs

  • 23.5% Pedagogy & Psychology

  • 16.9% Management & Economics


Advantages of studying online for you

Studying online has many advantages that allow you to combine it with your job, family or other commitments.

  • Start at any time

    You decide when you want to start your online study programme – at any time, without annoying enrolment deadlines and waiting times.

  • 100% flexible when it comes to your studies

    Today more than ever, we want to remain flexible. That's why your study programme is online – from the initial application, to study scripts, to exams.

  • Better career opportunities

    Your distance learning don’t only offer you personal fulfillment, your also benefit from more leadership responsibility and a higher salary.


You can try out your study programme for four weeks – no commitment. The fees for this period only apply if you decide to continue your studies with us.

Simply register online for your desired programme.

Choice of study

A study programme that suits you

There is definitely no lack of versatility in German higher education: You are spoilt for choice between so many study programmes and models. To give you an overview of your options, there are various information services available.

Study selection tests

Study selection tests are especially useful at the beginning of your orientation phase. They give you an initial tendency as to which field of study matches your interests and goals. You can find helpful study selection tests here:

Student advisory service

Our student advisory service will be happy to support you in your choice of study programme at any time – by phone, by e-mail or in our live chat via WhatsApp. We are here to help you with these and other topics:

  • We will help you choose the right study programme and show you possible subject combinations.
  • We will inform you about our different study and time models.
  • We will advise you on your financing options.
Personality factors

The role of your personality in choosing a course of study

When looking for the right study programme, it is important that you consider more than just your career goals. Your personal interests, characteristics and strengths should play at least as big a role in your decision. Here, you can find out what factors make up your personality that are important for choosing a study programme.

Soft Skills
Professional preferences
Types of interest

The role of your interests in choosing a study programme

Many different personality categorisations exist. For vocational orientation and occupational psychology, above all the Interest model by John L. Holland has proven to be useful. It distinguishes between six interest orientations based on personality, which can be used to determine aptitude for specific occupational fields.

The social interest type
Creative-cultural interest type
The economic-entrepreneurial interest type
The technical-practical interest type
The administrative interest type