The idea behind the dual study programme, also known as a cooperative training programme, is to alternate between theory and practical phases. The students sign a training or study contract with a company before they start their studies and commit to working in the company during the lecture-free period. In return, they receive remuneration for the entire duration of their studies.

The Hochschule Bremen offers two options:

  • In an apprenticeship-integrated dual programme, studies (theory) are interlinked with vocational training in firmly integrated practical blocks. In addition to the university degree (Bachelor), students also acquire a formally certified professional qualification.
  • In the practice-integrated dual programmes, practical blocks supplement the higher education studies. If necessary, you can also acquire a recognised professional qualification by taking the respective chamber's external examination.

The prerequisite for both variants is that the university and the company closely coordinate with each other and conclude a cooperation agreement that regulates the respective tasks in a binding manner.

Dual courses of study at the HSB

The following degree programmes do not correspond to the definition of dual degree programmes, but are comparable to them in their design and structure:

Information for prospective students

Advantages for students

Shorter training period

Compared to a period of vocational training followed up by studying a degree programme, the time required for a dual study programme is significantly shorter overall.

Two degrees

Training-integrated degree programmes end up with students acquiring two qualifications: the internationally recognised Bachelor's degree and the respective chamber’s professional qualification. In the case of practice-integrated degree programmes, it may also be possible to obtain a professional qualification in addition to the Bachelor's degree.


Career prospects

During your studies, you will already gain practical experience in the company. This gives you the edge over your competitors with a conventional degree. Many companies take on dual graduates because they are practice-oriented, ambitious and willing to perform. In addition, dual graduates are already socially integrated into the company.


In the case of a training-integrated, dual study programme, you will receive remuneration from the company employing you for the entire period of your studies. You will receive a training allowance up to the time of the external chamber examination. After that, you will continue to receive remuneration until the end of your studies. In many cases, the company also pays the semester fees. Students of practice-integrated degree programmes also usually receive remuneration from the company.

How to apply

Depending on the degree programme, prospective students must first contact the companies directly or the respective faculty. The application deadline for a training place is set by each company itself. It is advisable to apply for a training place early, often one year before the start of studies.

It is important that you first conclude a training or study contract with a company before applying to HSB. You can find information on the partner companies and the professional areas you can choose from on the web pages of the respective degree programmes.

The Central Student Advisory Service will inform you about enrolment formalities and application deadlines for the degree programme. It is best to make an appointment for a counselling interview by e-mail. The degree programmes will also be happy to advise you on questions regarding the dual study programme.

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What advantages do dual study programmes offer companies?

Qualified employees

The combination of theory and practice provides companies with professionally and academically well-trained and highly qualified staff. The employees are already familiar with the processes in the company through their practical work and can be deployed immediately. There is no need for time-consuming and cost-intensive induction.

"Transfer over the heads"

The dual students bring the knowledge they have gained at the university directly into the company. Conversely, the university and its students benefit from the practical knowledge they acquire by incorporating it into the course content.

Shorter training period

Compared to a period of vocational training and subsequent studies in a degree programme, the time required for a dual study programme is significantly shorter overall. Graduates are younger and start their careers earlier.

Binding to the company

Companies allow their trainees to take part in a dual study programme. In return, they can bind the employees to the company in the long term. In this way, the company retains its investment in staff. There is no need for a time-consuming and cost-intensive search for personnel.

Motivated and highly qualified employees are the backbone of every company. Through them, the company avoids the prevailing shortage of skilled workers. The dual study programmes offered by the Hochschule Bremen provide students with excellent preparation for their work in the company.

In the Hochschule Bremen, companies have a cooperation partner that is as competent as it is relaible. Other fields of possible cooperation are further education / lifelong learning or joint research and development projects.

Which companies are interested in dual study programmes?

A dual study programme is suitable for companies that rely on professionally competent employees in order to be well positioned for the future. Companies that cooperate with the Hochschule Bremen within the framework of a dual study programme enable their trainees or interns to gain qualifications at the university parallel to their work in the company. The company can benefit from this in many ways. The form in which the company supports the students during this time depends on the respective degree programme. It is possible, for example, to pay the student’s tuition fees.

How can companies get involved?

Companies interested in a dual study programme should offer internships or vocational training in thematic areas that can be combined with the study programmes offered by the Hochschule Bremen

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