Using the slogan “Bildung, die bewegt” (education that moves), the IST-Studieninstitut (Institute for Studies) has offered extra-occupational further education in the form of governmentally accredited distance learning for more than 25 years. This gives also persons with employment the opportunity to further their education wherever and whenever they want to. It allows them to flexibly acquire practice-oriented specialist knowledge and obtain a recognised certification. Participants can choose from a variety of professional qualifications from the fields “Sports & Management”, “Tourism & Hospitality”, “Fitness”, “Wellness & Health” as well as “Communication & Management”. The degrees range from certificates to IST diplomas to qualifications subject to public law, such as for business administrator, accredited by the Chamber of Commerce.
Moreover, the IST-Hochschule für Management (University for Management) was founded in 2013. The majority of the Bachelor courses are offered not only for full-time and part-time studies but also as dual courses of study. Thus it combines in-firm training and academic distance learning. The knowledge transfer via online lectures and online tutorials guarantees maximum flexibility. Additionally, optional subjects provide the possibility to pursue studies based on personal interests. The students obtain recognised academic degrees that qualify them for leading positions in middle and upper management.