What exactly is the Franco-German apprenticeship track double Bachelor's 's program?

The Franco-German apprenticeship track double Bachelor's is a new 3-year program developed in partnership the Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg (DHBW), in Mannheim, Germany, not far from Frankfurt. Each year, students rotate between traditional academic training and professional apprenticeship. Students who successfully complete the program will receive two degrees, one from each institution.

What are the advantages and benefits of the program?

Students benefit from an innovative program that combines academic training in two universities of excellence with in-depth international professional experience. Once they have completed the program, students will be professionally tri-lingual in French, German and English and familiar with intercultural professional settings. Graduates have a choice between going on to a Master's degree at one of the two universities or beginning their professional career.

How long is the program?

It's a three-year program.

What degree do I receive after successfully completing the program?

The program is a double degree program. Students who successfully complete the program will receive two degrees, one Université Paris-Dauphine and the other from DHBW Mannheim.

How is the program divided up between classes and in company apprenticeship?

The program is organized in 3-month modules:  3 months of academic training followed by 3 months of professional apprenticeship. Semesters 1, 2 and 3 of the program are taught at DHBW in Mannheim while Semesters 4, 5 and 6 are taught at Université Paris-Dauphine in Paris.

Who teaches classes in Mannheim and in Paris?

Classes in Mannheim are taught in English by professors from DHBW. Classes in Paris are taught by members of the Dauphine faculty.

What does the curriculum cover?

The program is a Bachelor's in International Business focusing on Management. Curriculum includes all of the core disciplines essential to a university program in international business management: Finance, Accounting, Control, Marketing, Human Resource Management, Economics, the Social Sciences as well as quantitative techniques. The curriculum emphasizes the international aspects of all the disciplines.

What can you tell me about the program's student body?

The class arriving in September 2016 (class of 2019) is comprised of German students selected by DHBW  and French students selected by Dauphine. The students will all follow the same curriculum be it in Mannheim or Paris.

What language (s) are classes taught in?

Classes are taught primarily in English.

How can I find an apprenticeship contract?

All students admitted to the program are responsible for finding their own apprenticeship contracts – they benefit however, from Université Paris Dauphine's  support and assistance. Dauphine's Apprenticeship cluster is already at work contacting companies that could take on apprentices from the program. As soon as they accepted into the program, students will be asked to contact the Apprenticeship team who will guide and assist them in finding a host company and in making sure that the apprenticeship contract meets all program and legal requirements.

Where (in what country) can I do my apprenticeship?

You can do your apprenticeship periods in France, in Germany or abroad, independent of your academic training periods. Students taking classes in Germany, for example, can do their apprenticeship in France or in another country, just as students taking classes in France can do their apprenticeship in Germany or be sent on assignment to Sweden if their host company thinks it useful for them to see how their Swedish activities are organized. The goal is to give students the broadest and richest apprenticeship experience possible by working in a wide range of functions, departments or countries.

Which companies should I contact?

Only French companies can participate in the program. Apprenticeship contracts will be governed by French law. To make your apprenticeship experience as interesting, diverse and challenging as possible, we recommend that you give priority to companies who have an international structure with subsidiaries in France, Germany and other countries worldwide.

Is it possible to change companies during my apprenticeship?

Obtaining an apprenticeship contract is a lengthy and involved process. Changing contracts is therefore not recommended. Dauphine may authorize a change, however, if the host company does not respect its initial contractual obligations.

Are apprenticeship students paid?

Apprenticeship students are considered employees and are remunerated in keeping with the provisions of their apprenticeship contract (mandatory legal conditions under French law). In year 1, students are paid a salary equal to 41% of Smic (French minimum wage), in year 2 they are paid 49% of the Smic and then 65% in year 3.
Do students have to pay income tax?
Apprenticeship wages are not taxable under French law.

What are the program's language requirements

Since classes are taught primarily in English, students are required to be proficient in English (excellent level), A  good working knowledge (spoken and written) of German is also essential.

What are my academic options after completing the program?

Graduates of the program can continue on to a Master's degree at either Paris-Dauphine or DHBW. All Dauphine Master's programs are open to graduates of the program.

How much is tuition and who pays?

Tuition for the program is paid by the host company.