Dauphine launches an ambitious new Bachelor's program: the Franco-German apprenticeship track double Bachelor's degree in International Business

18.11.2016

After two years of hard work and preparation, Université Paris-Dauphine and the Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg (DHBW) in Mannheim Germany launched their Franco-German apprenticeship track double Bachelor's degree in International Business and welcomed its first students.

This innovative program combines apprenticeship and academic excellence to give students an immersive international academic and work experience. Students rotate between work and study and between German and French culture throughout the three-year program. They spend the first 3 semesters at DHBW in Mannheim and the following 3 semesters at Université Paris-Dauphine in Paris.

Graduates will receive two degrees: a Bachelor's in the Organizational Sciences from Paris-Dauphine and a Bachelor's in International Business from DHBW, two institutions of excellence. They will also have acquired a unique appreciation of two distinct academic and business cultures and solid professional experience.

Dauphine and DHBW have already signed partnership agreements with companies interested in taking on student apprentices from this cutting-edge program and apprenticeship contracts have been signed with Oddo, Syrona, Aon and Vallourec, while additional contracts are under discussion.

The first cohort of 11 French students (Class of 2019) arrived at DHBW in early October 2016. Program participants are selected based on academic excellence, language proficiency in English and German, and for their autonomy and adaptability.

Two orientation Days brought the French students together with their internationally diverse classmates (German, Polish, Belgian, Mexican, Afghan …). "After creating a class motto, a class emblem and a class "Charter of Values", we all returned to Mannheim for the DHBW director's official welcome speech, followed by a reception where we met the Consul General of France in Germany, the Vice President of Paris-Dauphine, the President of DHBW, and our program director," says one of the students.

The academic year began officially on October 6th.

Feedback from students has been very positive both on the academic and student life fronts. As one student apprentice comments, "After just one week of classes, we have found our bearings, the whole class is starting to know each other, and I have the impression that the semester is going to go by very … very quickly."

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