Recognition of prior achievements in your online studies

Your application for recognition

Save time and money: We recognise your previous achievements.

With relevant previous experience, you can reduce your study time and save 30 euros per ECTS point on top of that.

We distinguish between recognition and credit. We recognise academic achievements that you have completed at another university. Apprenticeships and professional experience can be credited towards your studies. In the following, we use the general term "recognition".

We have prepared a standard and an individual application for you for the recognition of your previous achievements. If necessary, you can also combine the two:

Your standard application

We have pre-filled recognition applications for many training and further education courses. First of all, check whether there is a collective application that corresponds to your education or training. If this is not listed, you can use our individual application.

Your individual application

Do you have professional experience for which there is no general recognition option, or have you already studied at another university? Then submit our individual application. We will guide you through the individual steps below.

Your cost reduction

What do you have to pay attention to if you want to save money with your previous knowledge? It is particularly important that you submit your application for recognition online by the end of your trial month at the latest. This way you reduce the number of monthly installments - the amount of the installments itself does not change. You can find more information in the notes for your recognition at the bottom of the page.

Your online application

5 steps through your recognition application

Do you have professional experience for which there is no general recognition option, or have you already studied at another university? Then use our individual application for recognition of prior learning achievements.

1. Start your online recognition

You want to get started right away? Then go directly to our online recognition.

And, by the way: We will be happy to check whether (and to what extent) we can recognise your previous achievements before you apply for your desired study programme. Simple (i.e. non-authenticated) copies of your certificates are sufficient.

2. Fill out the contact form

Next, you choose your study programme and enter your details. Already a student at IU International University of Applied Sciences (IU)? Then enter the programme you want to have individual experience recognised for. 

3. Optional standard recogintion

We review a number of vocational trainings and formations in advance. Have you completed one? Then select it from the drop-down menu. Can’t find your particular training? Then you can apply to have the corresponding modules individually recognised in the next step. 

 You can combine standard and individual application of previous experience. 

4. Enter your previous experience

In your module handbook, you will find an overview of all courses in your course of study. Check if you can demonstrate relevant previous experience. To do this, you compare your professional experience or completed courses from previous study programmes with the contents of the listed modules. Next, you can select the courses you want recognised from the drop-down menu for compulsory as well as elective subjects. 

Please take notice of the regulations for elective subjects. You can find them on the corresponding study plan. 

5. Submit your documents

To finish, you submit relevant proof (see required documents) in the corresponding upload space. And you’re done! 

Our tip: To help us review your application faster, name your documents like this: Content_FirstName_LastName, e.g. Report_John_Doe

Submit an application and secure your benefits!

We will also be happy to check in advance whether we can recognise your previous achievements – without obligation and 100% online. You do not have to enrol directly for this!

Simple (i.e. non-authenticated) copies of your certificates are sufficient for us to check.

Required documents

Your checklist: Have you submitted everything yet?

We still need a few documents to check your recognition: You are welcome to send us simple (non-certified) copies, as we cannot return your documents to you. Here you will find an overview of which documents are required as proof of your previous achievements.

Achievements from a degree programme (university credits)
Previous achievements from education/further training
Achievements from professional experience
Next steps

Your path to recognition

  • 1. Application received

    As soon as you have submitted your application, we will contact you by e-mail and inform you of any documents we may still need.

  • 2. Final acceptance

    We will send you a message when we have processed your application and forwarded it to the Examination Board for final approval.

  • 3. Recognition notice

    You will receive your finalised certificate of recognition.

  • 4. Entering your achievements

    We will forward the notification to the Examinations Office so that your recognised achievements are recorded in your transcript of records. However, this only happens after your official matriculation.

  • 5. Cost reduction

    If you also save tuition fees through recognition, you will receive a supplementary agreement which will be sent to you before payment starts and is valid from your official enrolment date.

Tips for your recognition process

General notes
Your recognition of work experience
Your recognition of university achievements
Your cost reduction
Information on exam registration