From the beginning, theoretical and practical phases alternate approximately every three months. The theoretical phases intended to convey specialist knowledge required for the course of studies are followed by matched practice phases in the company. These are designed to use and reinforce the knowledge gained.
During the course, students complete homework (practical tasks, project work and study work) and take exams. The cooperative university determines the distribution of the exam performances which differ between the various programmes.
The student is remunerated for the entire course of studies. The individual programmes may take 6 or 7 terms and is completed with a Bachelor thesis.
You are required to pass with at least a "sufficient" grade every course in every year of study. If this result is not achieved, you may repeat the relevant examinations once. If the required minimum grade is still not achieved, you may submit to an oral exam in only one subject. Passing this oral exam, will give you at most a "sufficient" passing grade. Students not achieving this grade will be removed from the programme. This would also terminate the apprenticeship relationship with the company.