Pre-study placement

If you have not had any practical vocational training (e.g. because you have just completed your further education) or you change your specialisation after leaving technical or vocational college, then for degree programmes in the Faculties of Business Studies and Social and Health Care Sciences (except master and care) and Industrial Design you will need to complete a relevant pre-study training placement lasting a minimum of six weeks before commencing your studies. With other degree programmes the 6 to 12 week pre-study placement can also be completed during the degree programme (in the break between semesters). You will find important dates and other information under points 1 to 4 below.

Faculty

EngineeringBusinessSocial ServicesDesign
Architecture (12 weeks)Business Studies
(6 weeks)
Music and Movement Based Social Work (6 weeks)Architecture
(12 weeks)
Civil Engineering
(12 weeks)
European Business Studies
(6 weeks) 
Social Work (6 weeks) Industrial Design (6 weeks)
Biomedical Engineering
(6 weeks)
Social Work – Social Services at Schools
(6 weeks)
Electrical Engineering 
(6 weeks) 
Building Climate Control (6 weeks) 
Mechatronics (6 weeks)
Mechanical Engineering (12 weeks)
Production Engineering and Automation
(12 weeks)
Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency (6 weeks) 

The pre-study placement can also be split over two periods and two different locations. If attending a FOS/BOS please do not enclose any work experience records etc. with your application. A final or leaving certificate is perfectly acceptable as it shows the specialism.

The following information is only for degree programmes offered by the Faculty of Business Studies and Applied Social Sciences as well as for industrial design:
The pre-study placement must be completed by the time of enrolment; it can only be taken between the first and second semesters when it cannot be taken before the degree programme starts because the student is serving their military service etc. ending less than 6 weeks before the degree programme commences.

You are welcome to use our placement certificate [only available in German]. Either attach the certificate to your application, bring it with you when you enrol or hand it in to the Service Office.

During the placement, applicants should be taught practical and relevant knowledge and skills, i.e. they should not be assigned just menial tasks.

Duration: 12 weeks

Submission of placement certificate: By the start of the third semester at the latest

Content: Applicants should be involved in project planning activities in either architectural, engineering or planning offices. The FOS/BOS Design and Engineering certificate is fully accredited as a pre-study placement.

Duration: 6 weeks

Submission of placement certificate: By no later than the start of the internship semester

Content: The pre-study placement may be spent in a planning office in architecture, building services or energy advice, or as a site placement in the main building trades or with a building services provider. The FOS/BOS Engineer certificate is fully accredited as a pre-study placement.

Duration: 6 weeks (or 2 x 3 weeks)

Submission of placement certificate: Any time from the start of the course until the beginning of the 5th semester (not by the course application deadline).

Content: Essentially the pre-study placement is designed to give students practical preparation enabling them to meet the engineering requirements of the course. Above all this includes knowledge of the machining of materials (milling, turning, grinding, boring, filing, welding etc.) and familiarising students with relevant technical engineering materials and production processes.

For more information please refer to the separately available factsheet on the Biomedical Engineering course issued by the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering

Duration: 6 weeks

Submission of placement certificate: By enrolment, by no later than the start of the degree programme

Content: Insights into the business workings of commercial, management, industrial and service companies, such as banks, retailers, wholesalers and foreign trade companies, transport and insurance companies, business consultants and accountants

Duration: 12 weeks

Submission of placement certificate: By the start of the fourth study semester

Content: The pre-study placement should provide experience of practical construction or planning activities, e.g. construction preparation, earthmoving, blockwork, timber construction and concreting. Info.

Duration: 6 weeks

Submission of placement certificate: By no later than the start of the internship semester

Content: The pre-study placement may be spent in an electrical or metal-working industrial firm or trade. It should provide familiarisation with technical materials and processes (filing, boring, brazing, turning, milling), fabrication methods and equipment, assembly and operational sequences of technical processes and plant.

With renewable energies and energy efficiency, it would be beneficial for the pre-study placement to be spent in a company involved in installing or manufacturing devices or systems used in sustainable energy generation.

Duration: 6 weeks

Submission of placement certificate: By enrolment, by no later than the start of the degree programme

Content: The pre-study placement should cover construction planning or design activities and may be spent in the following fields: architecture or engineering consultancies, design departments, art direction, advertising agencies, design offices, furniture makers, shopfitters, exhibition stand builders, graphics, fashion design. The following occupations are recognised: toolmaker, precision engineer, carpenter and joiner, lathe operator, pattern maker or similar. The FOS/BOS Design certificate is fully accredited as a pre-study placement.

Duration: 12 weeks

Submission of placement certificate: By the start of the fourth study semester

Content: Familiarisation with technical materials and processes, also fabrication methods and fabrication equipment in the metal-processing or electrical engineering trades and industries.

Duration: 6 weeks (or 2 x 3 weeks)

Submission of placement certificate: By enrolment, by no later than the start of the course

Content: Applicants must be carrying out socio-pedagogical tasks in the following typical organisations and social services:

Kindergartens, children’s homes, curative education, special needs schools, hospitals*, care homes*, youth welfare offices, the Federal Employment Agency*, ‘weltwärts’, Voluntary Social Year (FSJ), German Volunteer Service and in the fields of educational and family support, healthcare, rehabilitation, resocialisation, adult education, youth work, school social work

* The socio-pedagogical work aspect is particularly important with these organisations!

The following are not recognised:

Periods spent parenting or as an au-pair/nanny, employment as a nurse in a hospital or care home, doctor’s assistant, honorary posts and administrative work in social organisations such as in teaching, quality management or office work.