IUS organizes teaching on both undergraduate and graduate levels through semestral course-work, scientific seminars and colloquia and thesis preparation.
IUS has a well established language preparatory school for English, and spoken language courses for Bosnian and Turkish. Courses in other languages will be offered based on sufficent demand.
IUS will soon be organising certificate programs for professional training in different fields. The language of instruction and communication is English.
The academic year is divided into two sixteen-week semesters, Fall and Spring semesters. A summer semester is held as a correction mechanism for students lagging behind. Each student is assigned an academic advisor to guide him/her in selection of course load, and advises about different course combinations and many aspects of academic life at the university.
The University offers Bachelor of Science Degree (B.Sc.), Bachelor of Arts Degree (B.A.), Master of Science Degree (M.Sc,), Master of Arts Degree (M. A.) and Doctor of Philosophy Degree (Ph.D.)
The course-work is organised by semesters, accredited by the number of credit hours corresponding to the number of the 50-minute teaching periods per week. All course load is expressed in the units of the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) in order to facilitate inter-European student exchange. In general, one credit hour is equivalent to the two points in the ECTS load coefficient. The semester workload is set at the level of 15-20 credit hours or 30-40 ECTS points for the undergraduate education. The ECTS system is also applied for graduate education.
The semestral organisation and correspondence with the ECTS credit system provides a variety of ways to combine the courses in different disciplines leading to special profiles of studies. It offers opportunities to study business and public administration or science and various engineering fields, alongside other disciplines, or to make various other interdisciplinary combinations.
Course-work is assessed continuously during the semester through homeworks, quizzes, presentations, active tutorials, projects, and midterm exams and at the end of the semester through the final exams and/or term projects. A letter grading system is used to facilitate easy interpretation and transfer of academic performance.
Especially talented students will be offered additional work through higher-level courses, consultations, tutoring and special thesis or comprehensive, leading to a degree with honours. The university has a special fund to give financial support to talented students.
Courses offered are enumerated in a way to indicate years, namely: 100-199; 200-299; 300-399 and 400-499 for the four years of the undergraduate program and 500-599 through 800-899 for the graduate program. Here the first digit indicates the recommended year of study. The letter abbreviation in front of the number is added to indicate the program offering the course. All courses in both graduate and undergraduate programs have a concise name clearly indicating their content.