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In co-operative (work-integrated) education, theory and practice are irrevocably intertwined.

What is a "Dual" Study Programme?

In co-operative (work-integrated) education, theory and practice are intertwined

What is a Dual Study Programme?

Germany's 'dual system' of vocational education and training

At many higher education institutions in Germany, it is common to offer a dual education, that is, the combination of work and study: Dual degree programmes are based on the principle of learning in two places and from two sources – one practical and one theory, i.e. in school and a company to give students both academic and practical qualifications.

This ‘dual’ approach across the three year span of the programme, allows the student to obtain knowledge and competence in class that they can then apply immediately in practice. Conversely, knowledge gleaned in the workplace is discussed in class, reflected upon, and used as a benchmark for the theory. This system was developed from the German dual apprenticeship system, and there are more than 100,000 students enrolled in dual programmes in Germany today.

Dual Study Programme = Cooperative education: a structured method of combining classroom-based education with practical work experience.

Advantages of a 'Dual Degree' at HSBA

HSBA Hamburg School of Business Administration is the first higher education institution in Germany to integrate academic studies with workplace training.

In cooperative (work-integrated) education, theory and practice are irrevocably intertwined. The HSBA's curriculum combines higher education and on-the-job training at more than 300 partner companies, aiming to provide both academic skills and work-related expertise. In that regard, the academic content conveyed in classroom is complemented with workplace experience, so that real-life situations immediately test the effectiveness of classroom theory and vice versa. The courses offered by HSBA therefore open up excellent career opportunities. To enable students to apply new theoretical knowledge directly in practice, the courses offered by HSBA are specifically tailored to the needs of modern businesses. This provides graduates with business knowledge they can count on to quickly take on responsibilities in any company.

Study programme

The 'dual' Bachelor's programme comprises six semesters. Each semester consists of a theoretical phase at the university (20 weeks per year on average) and a practical phase in the company (32 weeks per year on average). The third year of study is characterised by extensive elective options (focal points, elective subjects, excursions) and the Bachelor's thesis. The programme begins on 1 October each year. You can find the study plans of the individual dual Bachelor's programmes in the curriculum of the respective programme.


The first step towards a dual study programme at HSBA is to apply to a company. We cooperate with over 300 companies in the Hamburg metropolitan region. You can find available places in our 'Study Place Platform'. Are you interested in a dual study programme at HSBA and your company of choice is not yet a partner of HSBA? Almost all companies can offer a dual study place. So check whether you know a company that is not yet cooperating with HSBA, but which might be suitable for you.

If your application to the company was successful, the company will conclude a study contract with you and send it to the HSBA together with your application documents. As soon as all the documents have been submitted and you meet all the admission requirements, you will receive your enrolment documents from us. You can find more detailed information on the admission requirements and the application process in our 'online applicant centre'.

HSBA – the higher education institution in Hamburg which combines on-the-job training and academic studies

More than 95% of companies surveyed highly value this approach with regard to the knowledge gained and the methods used. More than 90% of our graduates receive offers for the next step in their career immediately on the completion of their studies and almost 95% of graduates are satisfied with their studies as a whole.

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