How to become a dual study cooperating partner

  • If you are interested in the dual study opportunities at the THI, please get in touch with us.
  • Fill in our questionnaire to tell us your preferred course of study and study model.
  • After confirmation from the faculty, you will receive a cooperation contract from us. You are now a practical training partner in the dual studies programme of the THI.
  • When selecting applicants, please pay particular attention to the university's admission requirements. The THI does not have a dual study quota; applicants go through the regular admissions process

Dual study models at THI

  • Prospective students select a suitable course of studies which they wish to pursue in conjunction with professional training. See our database for an overview of all compound study courses available.
  • Candidates should apply early (6-15 months before the start of training) for a training place at a company that cooperates with the THI in the desired study programme.
  • Companies conclude a training contract with their candidates. At the same time, prospective students apply for a study place at the THI (the application period for the winter semester 2016/17 is 2 May-15 July 2016). Candidates already in possession of a training contract should submit this with their application.
  • A compound studies programme begins with an intensive practical phase of up to 13 months, in which candidates complete a large portion of their professional training. They are able to experience several departments within the company. They can attend the vocational school together with the regular trainees. After the first year in the company, they begin their studies at the university. From then on, they will alternate between university and practical phases. Those in possession of a university entrance qualification (including subject-specific qualifications) are entitled but not obliged to attend the vocational school. After the first year, the majority of candidates complete the course content in self-study.
  • The chamber examination (e.g. IHK or HWK) is generally taken in the practical semester in the third year. The timing of the final vocational examination varies according to the profession in question. 
  • Further practical units in the company may be completed even after the final vocational examination.
  • The dual studies end with the bachelor's thesis, written in the company.

In studies with an intensive practical element, students do not take part in professional training but instead obtain around 50% more practical experience in a company compared with those in regular studies. This is closely synchronised with the teaching at the THI. The length of the programme is 3.5 years.

  • Prospective students select their desired course of study from those available with an additional practical element. An overview of our study courses can be found in our database.
  • Prospective students apply to their chosen company for a placement in the dual study programme. Possible cooperating firms can be found in our database.
  • The company concludes a placement contract for the dual study programme. At the same time, prospective students apply for a study place at the THI within the regular application period (the application period for the winter semester 2016/17 is 2 May-15 July 2016). Candidates already in possession of a placement contract should submit this with their application.
  • Alternatively, it is also possible to register for dual studies at a later date! Students are able to enter a dual course of study and register for dual studies within the first three semesters.
  • University phases alternate with practical phases. Students complete their practical phases in the lecture-free periods (and where necessary during the semester), in the practical semester, and while writing their bachelor's thesis in the company. Students familiarise themselves extensively with the company and are involved in a number of different projects.
  • The dual studies end with the bachelor's thesis, written in the company.