Give yourself the best possible start into your studies - with our IU prep programmes! Whether you want to get to know Germany and learn the language or simply "test drive" some of our programmes - these preparatory programmes help you be prepared for what lies ahead.
Prepare for your studies
We offer a few different programmes for a successful start at IU. Prepare for your programme, boost your knowledge, or even try online courses before you apply fully.
Every January or July
On campus - Bad Honnef or Berlin
Our two month-long programme builds key skills and helps you have a smooth start to studying in Germany. Once you join us on campus, you’ll get to know all the facilities, including dining areas, our world-class library, and places to relax and study. You can meet fellow students from all over the world and explore your surroundings. We want you to feel as comfortable as possible during your stay with us, so give you time to take a look around before studies begin.
Once the Pre-Studies programme starts, you can begin to focus on preparing for your personal study success. We can help you get your language (German or English) and academic skills up to speed with seminars, small work groups, and individual time with tutors. We also, where possible, encourage guest lecturers and trips to companies to give you first-hand insights into what it's like working in the real world after you graduate.
The IU Pre-Studies Programme is a great start into study life, helping you get settled and motivated to begin this next chapter in your personal journey.
- Academic writing skills
- Language and culture
- Academic standards and procedures
- Professional development
Each October or April
On campus: Bad Honnef or Berlin
Recent IU research has shown that the success of students and graduates highly depends upon communication skills in academic and business English. The IU Pathway Programme builds the skills you need to leverage your academic success and give you the best possible start into your degree. You’ll live on campus, get acquainted with all facilities and your fellow students from over 110 nationalities, and settle into your new surroundings.
Once your programme starts, you can entirely focus on your studies and your personal success, with a solid foundation to build on.
This course includes optional and compulsory courses in the following areas:
Reading, writing, and mathematics
English and German (optional) language skills
Economic and business context for Germany, including history and culture
Optimal practice and prep for your language exams
Interested in our preparation programmes?
Reach out to our student recruitment team for more information.
1 year access
Discover a selection of our programmes and try out a course with no commitment: The Orientation Programme at IU is especially designed for students who want to study a course without having to sign up for a full degree. With this option, you can gain one year of access to our library of courses and select one to try. Once you’ve found one that suits your interests, you will be able to take the course using our online learning platform. After successfully completing the course, you will receive a certification of participation.
Discover our high-quality courses and see how we can help you build your future career! Signing up for this programme requires no previous knowledge.
Courses available in the Orientation Programme
- Innovation and Entrepreneurship
- International Marketing
- Performance Measurement
- Corporate Finance
- Strategic Management
- Managerial Economics
- Introduction to Data Science
- Introduction to Academic Work
- Introduction to Programming with Python
- Statistics: Probability and Descriptive Statistics
- Artificial Intelligence
- Use Case and Evaluation*
- Seminar: AI and Society
*Advanced knowledge of mathematics and statistics is required
- Seminar: Computer Science and Society
- Advanced Mathematics
- Seminar: Data Science and Society
- Use Case and Evaluation
- Programming with Python
- Cyber Security and Data Protection