Duale Hochschule Baden-Wuerttemberg (DHBW) - Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University - offers students an alternative to the traditional university system by a study program involving theory and practice (Dual System). With its main seat in Stuttgart, it is the first university in Germany to integrate academic studies and work experience. Like other universities, DHBW is a legal entity of public law and simultaneously a state institution.
Many aspects about the Dual System are unique. Basic requirement for those wishing to study at the DHBW is the German University Entrance Qualification (Abitur) or equivalent school leaving certificates along with a training contract, i.e. students do not apply to DHBW directly but instead for a position at a cooperating company. When they are accepted, they will subsequently receive their admission for the corresponding DHBW Bachelor Degree Program. The company provides the location for practical training and whereas DHBW is responsible for coursework.
Interlocking of Theory and Practice
Bachelor Degree Programs involve about three-monthly study study terms that take place on campus and which alternate with internship terms of about the same length. A course of study at the DHBW lasts three years (six semesters). The theoretical content is composed on the basis of the requirements in practice and the entire training program and is fine-tuned after consultation with Dual Partners. This communication ensures that the students will receive a well rounded education. Students obtain academic degrees and, in addition, the theoretical material covered is further supplemented and consolidated via practical experience.
DHBW Bachelor Degree Programs have been awarded the maximum of 210 ECTS Credits due to condensed learning plus synergy effects through dovetailing of theory and practice. Moreover, small classes of about 30 students guarantee close supervision. The period of study is highly concentrated and effective, providing graduates with a very broad experience of professional practice that will enable them to find a footing in working life quickly and easily. Besides attaining specialist knowledge required for their future professions, students have the chance to acquire a high degree of social competence.
Experienced Teaching Staff
In addition to the permanent faculty of the DHBW, teaching is in the hands of highly qualified lecturers from renowned technical colleges and universities of international standing as well as expert professionals in particular fields in Economy and Engineering. This well-balanced combination of teaching expertise ensures that lectures and seminars are characterized by a high degree of practical relevance and a close focus on the latest academic developments.
The international focus of the courses offered by DHBW Mosbach reflects a keen awareness of the increasing pace of the globalization process. In addition to a solid grounding in business management, economics and crucial social skills, students attain a high level of competence in foreign languages and intercultural affairs. To consolidate these aspects, we actively encourage our students to gain experience abroad, either with a theory semester at one of our numerous international partner universities or with a Summer School or International Semester at DHBW.
Outstanding Career Prospects
After three years of partaking in this program, the students’ future prospects are excellent. Roughly 90% of the students sign employment contracts with their training companies after graduation. Numerous DHBW graduates are now to be found in the boardrooms of well-known companies. Independent studies have shown that DHBW graduates can expect their subsequent careers to progress more rapidly than the average graduate. According to a study made by the IBM, graduates of the DHBW aged between 30 and 44 years have not only risen higher on the career ladder than former students of the same age with a degree from a university or technical college, but they also have a higher income.
Students possess an employment contract involving monthly salary throughout the entire study period of three years and insurance status of normal employees. Thus, anyone pursuing a course of study at the DHBW is, at the same time, a company trainee. Throughout the duration of his or her studies, the undergraduate will be receiving a monthly income from this company and will therefore be able to concentrate fully on the required course work.