University education combined with intensive practical experience
A dual study program combines the advantages of a scientifically oriented university education with practical application in a company. In this way, study content can be put directly into practice.
The prerequisite for a dual study program at HWG LU is that students sign a training contract with a company that is a cooperation partner of the university. During the lecture-free period, students complete the practical phases in "their" company and get to know different areas of work there. Further advantages: The chances of being taken on after graduation are very good for dual students. In addition, they receive a training allowance from their cooperation company and are thus financially independent.
But the training companies also benefit. They get to know their academically trained students during the practical phases and can deploy them in the company after completion of their studies.
According to a study by the CHE Center for Higher Education Development, which analyzed the development of dual studies in all German states for the first time in 2019, dual studies in Rhineland-Palatinate are on course for growth. Since its beginnings in 2008, the number of study programs has quadrupled. It recorded 74 dual programs and around 3,500 dual students - and the trend is upward.
Accordingly, HWG LU is one of the universities in Rhineland-Palatinate that is in particularly high demand and, with a share of around 20 percent of dual students, ranks second after Koblenz University of Applied Sciences.
The dual study program has a long tradition at HWG LU: In 1995, the Bachelor's program "International Business Administration" started as the first training-integrated program in Rhineland-Palatinate (at that time still called International Business Administration in Practice).
The following dual Bachelor programs are currently offered at HWG LU:
- Viticulture & Oenology - German-French (Double Degree M.Sc.)
HWG LU's cooperation partners in the dual study program include
- Heraeus Medical Care
- Roche Diagnostics
and many more.
When it comes to the topic of dual studies, HWG LU works closely with the Duale Hochschule Rheinland-Pfalz (DHR), which is the umbrella organization of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate. The DHR's tasks include providing information, advice and networking for both universities and (potential) students as well as for cooperation partners. Furthermore, the marketing as well as the support in the initiation and further development of dual study programs in Rhineland-Palatinate is the task of the DHR as an umbrella brand.
At the beginning of the Corona pandemic, the DHR set up two hotlines for general and Corona-specific questions about dual studies in Rhineland-Palatinate:
- For dual students and prospective students:
0800/123 19 72, Mon - Thurs, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
- For companies:
0800/27 21 960, Mon - Fri, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
An answering machine is available outside office hours.