International English

International English

Expand your international experience with us

The IST University of Applied Sciences is state approved by the Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. The equivalency of IST and State University degrees is, therefore, guaranteed. Bachelor and MBA programmes are accredited by the International Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (FIBAA). By awarding credit points according to the European Credit and Accumulation Transfer System (ECTS) academic achievements are internationally comparable and recognised.

The IST University of Applied Sciences offers management degree programmes in specialised areas

  • sports business
  • fitness & health
  • tourism & hospitality
  • communication & business.

The courses are characterised by both, high scientific quality and strong practical orientation.

The IST University of Applied Sciences benefits from the cooperation with the IST-Studieninstitut (study institute), which offers full and part time qualification possibilities for over 25 years. From the beginning, the focus of the IST study institute was on blended learning. Constantly evolving, this learning system is used by the IST University as well. Nowadays our blended learning methods enable students to study wherever and whenever they want. All study materials are constantly revised. Because of the innovative learning system, high quality education materials and the focus on specific business areas, the number of students is growing constantly.

International Activities

Companies are acting more and more international. Germany is already an export world champion and many companies are world market leaders in their field. For the young generation, this represents a daily and increasingly important challenge. At the IST University of Management, we see internationalisation as an opportunity. It is part of our education policy and we therefore support our students, staff and professors in the expansion of their international experience.

We want to adjust teaching and research to the constantly and dynamically changing conditions of internationalization. For this reason, the university is taking part in the Erasmus+ programme and has several university partners all over the world. We are always interested in new partnerships.

Language Skills
We promote the language skills of our students through special online language courses and sector-specific modules in English and we consistently strive to enable our students and staff to expand their international experience.

IST-students worldwide
Students can study at the IST from all over the world. Students abroad have digital access to their whole educational materials and the International Office offers arrangements for students to write their exams abroad, i.e. at Goethe Institutes or International Schools.

English Qualifications

Since 2016 we offer the English diploma “International Sports Business Management”. This diploma provides you with useful knowledge to act confidently and successfully in the international sports business.  You`ll find all informations below.

Our ‘International Office’ provides administrative support and coordinates the internal posts. The ‘International Office’ is also the first port of call when it comes to advising and supporting the students, teachers and staff in international matters. Additionally professors assists the Steering Committee in the planning, preparation and implementation of international activities.

Our university is taking part in the Erasmus+ programme and has several university partners all over the world. We are always interested in new partnerships.
Incoming students are very welcome. All degree programmes are in German, therefore German language skills at B2-Level are necessary. Please find here more information for applicants with foreign educational certificates.

More Information (in german)

One overall objective of the IST-University in terms of research is to work as often as possible in productive collaborations with research teams from other national and international universities or scientific organisations. To support these cooperative research projects the ”Alumni and Supporter of the IST-University of Management gGmbH” as a 100% subsidiary of the IST-University was founded, which supports research projects and also charitable tasks. Studies are already conducted with organisations in the field of sports economics and sociology, fitness and health science, tourism and hotel management and media and communication. If you are interested in a research cooperation with the IST-University please contact

You are hailing from a non-European country and would like to apply for a dual study with our University? Our International Office is happy to assist you regarding all matters related to general and German language entrance requirements, Visa application, Uni Assist and VDP, Academic Evaluation Centre (APS), Block Accounts, etc. Please contact our International office at +49 211 86668 6184 or


Nina Jestaedt

If you have any questions, please contact our international office:

Nina Jestaedt
International Office
+49 211 86668 34