Who we are and what drives us

100.000+ students
28+ Campus locations
200+ study programmes
About Us

Study. Grow. Live.

You can take the next step. You can grow. You can study. Our team at IU International University of Applied Sciences (IU) will guide you on the road to success – with unique study programmes and –models. Because your goals are our mission. 

Your online study programme at IU International University of Applied Sciences

Study in the way that suits you best: In the IU distance learning programme, you study completely online, full-time or part-time and with maximum flexibility. Always in the way that suits your life.

Free trial? Let’s go!

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.

Your dual study programme

Study with maximum practical relevance: This is possible in the dual study programme at IU International University of Applied Sciences! Here, you complete your Bachelor's degree in regular alternation between theory and practice.

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myStudium - just for you

With myStudium, we offer you a state-approved study programme that you can complete both at our locations and from anywhere on our virtual campus. On campus, you study in small groups and interact personally with your teachers.

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Your academy

Further education at university level: Expand your qualifications sustainably – 100% online, flexible and yet structured.

Are you looking for work or are you on short-time work? Then increase your job chances with a certified qualification – with a further education course at the IU Academy funded by the Federal Employment Agency (BfA)!

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Facts & Figures

Your IU International University in numbers

As of: December 2020

100.000+ students

in 5 educational models

200+ study programmes

Bachelor, Master and MBA programmes

20+ years

Experience as an innovative education provider

  • Distance, dual & English-language studies, myStudium and continuing education programmes

  • Wide range of specialisation options: 450+ functional & industry specialisations

  • 600+ employees in teaching & consulting, 28+ campus locations, 130+ examination centres worldwide

Our milestones

2017 until 2021

  • 2021: IU International University becomes largest university in Germany.
  • 2021: The university is renamed "IU International University of Applied Sciences"

2012 until 2016

  • 2016: With our online study programme, we become the first university in the world to introduce online exams.
  • 2014: IU International University achieves excellent results in the CHE university ranking. In the subject of Business Administration, IU International University positions itself as Germany's best private university of applied sciences.
  • 2012: IU International University of Applied Sciences becomes an official member of the international academic network of the United Nations Global Compact.

2000 until 2011

  • 2010: IU International University of Applied Sciences becomes a member of the German Rectors' Conference.
  • 2009: IU International University of Applied Sciences receives the longest possible accreditation of ten years without conditions from the German Academic Council. Innovation Minister Prof. Andreas Pinkwart congratulates the University on this award.
  • 2000: Start of the first programmes under the then name "International University of Applied Sciences Bad Honnef – Bonn"

Our latest awards

QS Stars
Online Study – Direct
eLearning Journal


Take the opportunity to find out whether an online study programme with IU is the right fit for you. You can test your desired study programme during your free trial –completely free of charge and with no strings attached. Simply apply for your online study programme and unlock your access. Happy learning!


Diversity at IU International University

Variety is the very spice of life, That gives it all its flavour.
William Cowper's poem, The Task (1785)

IU International University is committed to mainstreaming diversity and gender equality in the decision-making processes of the University in all areas and at all levels and to realising this objective in an all-encompassing manner.

For IU International University of Applied Sciences, promoting diversity among the University's students and employees means not only increasing the number of female students or professors and lecturers, but also addressing the needs of people with disabilities or other underrepresented groups and taking appropriate measures if necessary.

Equal opportunities are understood as an interdisciplinary task and are taken into account in all the University's projects.

We show the great importance that diversity has within the IU International University of Applied Sciences and institutionalise what we really live. The idea of diversity is and always has been part of the organisation and shapes our working and study culture.

We strive to adapt the study opportunities according to demand.
The Student Registrar's Office (Studierendensekretariat) will be happy to help you adjust your study times at any time.
The Examinations Office (Prüfungsamt)is available to help you with any questions concerning compensatory mechanisms in place for individual impairments.

Mission statement

The Mission Statement of IU International University of Applied Sciences

The actions and development of IU follow the guiding principles laid out below:


We make it possible for our students to achieve their best results by providing them with individual, tailored options and innovative technological support based on state-of-the-art research and teaching, so that they can be successful in their careers. We help our corporate partners achieve their goals as best we can.


IU is Europe’s most innovative and top-quality provider of career-oriented degree and further education courses for students and companies. As a pioneer of digitalisation in vocational learning and personal development, we sustainably, efficiently and measurably improve learning outcomes compared to all our competitors and distinguish ourselves with application-oriented research.