Dual studies at the Hochschule Niederrhein

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Dual Study at The Hochschule Niederrhein

Studies or apprenticeship? Since 1982, The Hochschule Niederrhein has offered a simple solution with dual studies in accordance with the Krefeld Model: both at the same time!

As pioneers and trailblazers of dual studies, we can look back on a tradition of more than 30 years.

In addition to the classic dual programme of study in accordance with the Krefeld Model dual - apprenticeship-integrated, further programmes of study have been introduced in recent years; dual - apprenticeship-integrated, trial and trainee (practice-accompanying).

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Dual degree programmes - Overview

The degree programme overview of the dual degree programmes provides information about

  • Facts about the Degree programme
  • admission requirements
  • the application
  • partner companies
  • the content of the Degree programme
  • the content of the examination regulations


1. studies & apprenticeship

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"dual - think twice"

The dual studies in accordance with the Krefeld Model started in 1982 as coopera-tive engineering training (KIA). In the meantime, more than 20 apprenticeships of the IHK/HWK/Chamber of Tax Advisors and other institutions can be combined with more than 14 Bachelor's degree programmes.

This programme of study combines initial vocational training at a recognized training company with academic studies at the Hochschule Niederrhein. The goal is a double degree (studies and apprenticeship).

The mutual supplementation of practical-company content and application-oriented scientific studies optimally prepare students for the demands of the modern professional world.

2. studies & practical phase

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"dual - training on the job"

The trainee program for Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics and Process Engineering combines scientific studies with regular practical phases in the company without accompanying vocational training.

The trainee phases are individually designed in the company according to study-relevant specialisations. Systematic apprenticeship and flexible, intensive familiarization with topics, some of which are very complex, over the entire duration of the study program enable students to quickly find a qualified position while remaining loyal to the company.


3. studies & apprenticeship diploma (Meisterb

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"trial - qualification to the

The Triple study format Skilled Trades Management - Business Administration enables the qualification and securing of the next generation of specialists and managers in the skilled trades sector.

During the studies, knowledge of the skilled trades and business administration are taught in equal measure. The aim is to achieve three degrees (journeyman's certificate (Gesellinnen/Gesellenbrief), master craftsperson's certificate (Meisterbrief), bachelor's degree B.A.) in just one Degree programme. This means that specialists in the trade are trained while at the same time mastering extensive business management knowledge.

In addition, an early bond with the company providing the training is achieved. The Triple studies are primarily designed to be combined with vocational training as a carpenter, electronics technician, automotive mechatronics technician and plant mechanic. The combination with other apprenticeships is also possible.

Info & Facts

Admission requirements and structure

Prerequisite for the dual studies:

  • Entrance qualification for universities of applied sciences (school and practical part) or Abitur (university entrance qualification)
  • Training contract

The standard time to degree (in semesters) is usually two semesters longer than for a full-time degree programme. This is because dual students study two days a week at the university in the first semesters and complete their apprenticeship in the company on three days.

The study structures vary depending on the subject area. You can find out the respective study structure of your desired dual degree programme from your contacts in the faculty.

Attendance at a vocational school is not planned. The content of the studies compensates for the knowledge to be imparted during the apprenticeship. Exam preparation for the written examinations for the apprenticeship is sometimes offered by the IHK.

Timing scheme for the dual formats

Advantages at a glance


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Your advantages of dual studies

Your steps as a dual pathfinder

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Become a network partner

The high practical content of our Degree programmes and the networking of the Hochschule Niederrhein, especially with the regional economy, is our trademark. Companies and the university have always maintained an intensive dialog. And we would like to expand this further.

Especially in times of demographic change and a shortage of skilled workers, companies can present themselves as interesting employers to young academics at an early stage. One thing remains certain in our future, which continues to be shaped by multimedia: a good image among prospective students and graduates will have an ever greater influence on their choice of employer when looking for a job. In this context, it is also worth mentioning that sponsoring universities is also becoming increasingly popular in Germany as part of education and knowledge sponsoring. It is a fact that two thirds of our graduates already choose an employer during their studies. For this reason, we are happy to support you as a company in employer branding as well as in recruiting highly qualified junior staff.

As a partner of the business community, The Hochschule Niederrhein continuously adapts its training programs to new economic developments and the needs of the company. It is a personal concern of ours to provide practical orientation for apprenticeship in our laboratories and workshops. Our students gain extensive insight into research and development during their studies. They learn to successfully develop their skills and abilities by working on practical problems. This expertise is complemented by internships and internship semesters as well as theses with our business partners. We lay the foundation for optimal preparation of our students for their future careers. Of course, this is best achieved by networking with strong partners in the business world.

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Frequently asked questions


Ellen Gerarts
University Communications oral presentation

Contact FB Chemistry

Inorganic Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Member ILOC Institute

Contact FB Electrical Engineering Computer Sc

Contact person

Degree programme Electrical Engineering: Mr. Göttert

Degree programme Computer Science: Mr. Rethmann

Degree programme Mechatronics: Mr. Ahle

Environmental technology, biosensor technology, sensor technology, microtechnology Head HIT
Practical computer science
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Elmar Ahle

Contact FB Mechanical Engineering

Angelika Grahl, M.A.
Program development and department management

Contact FB Applied Social Sciences

Contact FB Textile & Clothing Tech.

Francesca Corradi, M.A.

Contact FB Business Administration and Econom

Contact persons

Degree programmes BBWD, BSWD: Ms. Lenz

Degree programmes BBWD, BWID, BFD (tz): Mrs. Lenz

Degree programme BHM (trial): Mr. Steinwartz

Stephanie Lenz, Graduate economist
Internationalization Management Program Coordination International Studies - BSM, IMB, IMM, MIM
René Steinwartz, M.A.
Classification and recognition, Program Coordination BBS / BHM / BBFD / BBFT / BBWD / MBA, Contract lecturer bank management & risk management, scientific work, learning methods

Contact FB Industrial Engineering and Managem

Ernst Gebler, Dipl.-Betriebsw.
Assistant to the Dean and Student Advice.

Contact FB Health Care

Contact person

Degree programme ATW: Mrs. Schmidt

Degree programme Medical Computer Science: Mrs. Hoppmann

Degree programme Nursing: Mrs. Hayder-Beichel

Annette Schmidt, M.Sc.
Teaching Education Applied Therapy Sciences and Student Advice
Nora Hoppmann, M.A.
Student Advice Medical Informatics
Dipl.-Ges.oec. Heike Koß-Hülsen
Teaching Education Support, Student Advice Bachelor HCM, Coordination Dual Studies HCM

Factsheet Dual Study

Factsheet Triple Study

Information flyer company

FAQ Dual Study

Cooperation partners of all faculties total

Apprenticeship Exchanges

General apprenticeship exchanges:

IHK apprenticeship exchange

Apprenticeship exchange HWK

Preparation for the IHK examination for dual degree programmes:

Faculty 03 Electronics and Computer Science
Faculty 04 Mechanical and Process Engineering
Faculty 09 Industrial Engineering and Management