Dual Study

Requirements

Dual study is a combined form of study which is primarily for German students, not international students. It make up a small percentage of the enrolled students for a programme, and are usually students from Germany. While dual study is technically open to non-German international students, the inherent German-language requirements and other contract-related concerns restrict it de facto to native Germans and/or people with extensive time and experience in Germany.

Both the subject of study and the work position must be closely related to each other. Furthermore, the student must find a private company willing to co-operate in a dual study arrangement and work out the contract specifics with the company themselves. Dual study programmes do not have restricted admissions.

Procedure

In dual study, a student splits time between a private company and the university: usually 3 days at the company and 2 days studying.  After four semesters of dual study, the student sits an examination (in German) at the Niederrhein Chamber of Industry and Commerce, then the student returns to full-time study and writes their bachelor’s thesis usually in the ninth semester of study.

The study courses below offer the option of dual study. Please note that the programme Sustainable Agriculture  deviate from the standard dual study schedule. For further information please contact the Student Advisory Service.

*in English

Faculty of Life Sciences

  • Bio Science and Health, B.Sc.

Faculty of Technology and Bionics

  • Industrial Engineering, B.Sc.*
  • Mechanical Engineering, B.Sc.*
  • Mechatronic Systems Engineering, B.Sc.*

Faculty of Society and Economic

  • International Business and Social Sciences, B.A.*

Faculty of Communication and Environment

  • E-Government, B.Sc.
  • International Business Administration, B.A.*

*in English

Standard Schedule of Dual Study

First year:

  • 1st semester - at the company (3 days/week), at university (2 days/week)
  • 2nd semester - at the company (3 days/week), at university (2 days/week)

Second year:

  • 3rd semester - at the company (3 days/week), at university (2 days/week)
  • 4th semester - at the company (3 days/week), at university (2 days/week)
  • Final examination for the practical period of studies at the Niederrhein Chamber of Industry and Commerce

Third year:

  • 5th and 6th semester - full-time studies at the university

Fourth year:

  • 7th semester - full-time studies at the university
  • 8th semester - semester internship

Fifth year:

  • 9th semester - bachelor’s thesis, often in collaboration with a private company; thesis colloquium