DHBW - A cooperative concept on its own
Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University (Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg / DHBW ) is the first higher education institution in Germany which combines on-the-job training and academic studies and, therefore, achieves a close integration of theory and practice, both being components of cooperative education.
The key feature of cooperative (work-integrated) education is that students regularly switch from their academic studies at the university to practical training by their workplace training provider. That means students are not only taught theoretical knowledge, but also learn to apply this knowledge in practice.
With around 34,000 enrolled students, over 10,000 partner companies and more than 141,000 graduates, DHBW counts as one of the largest higher education institutions in the German Federal State of Baden-Wuerttemberg. The university's official seat is in Stuttgart. Based on the US State University System, the organization structure of DHBW is unique in Germany for it comprises both the central (DHBW headquarters) and the local level (DHBW locations and campuses).
Throughout its nine locations and three campuses, the university offers a broad range of undergraduate study programs in the field of business, engineering, and social work. All degree programs are both nationally and internationally accredited, count as intensive study programs and are worth 210 ECTS credits. In addition, DHBW offers career-integrated postgraduate study programs.