IU Pathway Programme
Gain the skills you need for direct entry into a degree programme at IU

Have a university entrance qualification from your home country but don't quite meet our bachelor's programme requirements? If you want to learn on campus in Germany, the IU Pathway Programme can help you get started. We'll help you bridge the gap in your academic achievements while providing a seamless transition into life in Germany.

There's no reason to put your dreams on hold - kickstart your journey with the IU Pathway Programme today!

IU Pathway Programme summed up


12 months (2 semesters)

Study start

April or October* 

Study model

Full time

Study language



On campus: Bad Honnef

Tuition fees

From €5890**

*Pathway intakes correspond to the intake dates of the degree programme with campus learning chosen by the student. 

**Not including the one-time campus registration fee or transportation ticket, per semester (Deutschlandsemesterticket).

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Your pathway to an education and future in Germany

The IU Pathway Programme is a one-year bridging course which will help you gain the competencies you need to enrol in your desired degree programme with on-campus learning at IU. The course is designed to help you: 

  • Develop communication skills in academic and business English 
  • Build a solid foundation in economics and business application of maths 
  • Get a head start in your future career with German language skills 
  • Integrate seamlessly in Germany with understanding of its history and culture 

Once you’ve completed the Pathway Programme, you will be able to start your desired bachelor’s degree programme in our on-site learning model at IU.

Maximise your learning

Benefit from supervised assignments, peer support and group work, as well as 24/7 accessible online study materials.

Experience campus life

Meet fellow students from 100+ countries, join student societies and clubs, and participate in events on campus.

Get full support, always

Have 1-on-1 discussions with your personal or programme tutors and receive support if you face difficulties.

Passed the TestAS? Skip ahead and start in the second semester.

The IU Pathway Programme typically spans two semesters within one year. However, if you have a passing score on the TestAS*, you can skip the first semester and start directly in the second semester, saving you both time and money. 

*Please note that TestAS is an external proficiency test not associated with IU and must be organised independently by you. We accept all passing results of the TestAS core test, regardless of the subject module. 

Discover, study, and live in Bad Honnef

Located in an idyllic spa town in Western Germany, our Bad Honnef campus is equipped with modern student halls, state-of-the-art facilities, and plenty of spots for dining and leisure.

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Am I eligible for the IU Pathway Programme?

You will need to have at least a non-direct university entrance qualification (which will be checked by our team via Anabin) to be eligible for the Pathway Programme. 

If you don’t have an IELTS of 5.0 (or equivalent certificate), you will also have to complete an IELTS preparatory course in the second semester of the Pathway Programme.

Can I enrol in the IU Pathway Programme online?

No, the Pathway Programme is only available to students enrolled in our bachelor's degree programmes with on-campus learning in Bad Honnef. For online students, we offer the opportunity to earn a Cambridge A-Levels qualification through the High School Diploma Study Pathway.

With our on-site learning model, you get the unique opportunity to combine online studies with in-person learning – you can enjoy campus life in Germany, study closely with your peers, and talk to your tutors up close and personal.

Is the IU Pathway Programme valid elsewhere?

No, the IU Pathway Programme is a non-official bridging course solely designed to prepare you for our bachelor’s degree programme with on-campus learning at IU. 

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Have any questions?

Visit our FAQ page or get in touch with our Study Advisors.

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