FAQ for Students

Study-related questions

How do I identify the right discipline?

Identifying the right discipline can sometimes be tricky. To do this, you should consider your personal interests and talents.
Completing an internship beforehand could also help you find out more about your interests and talents.

Should I follow a traditional degree course or opt for a “dual-track” or “cooperative” degree course?

Your choice between a traditional degree, whether at university or a more vocational “Hochschule”, or one of the newer “cooperative” or “dual-track” programmes, in which your studies are closely linked to on-the-job experience, will depend on your expectations and requirements.
What all these options have in common is that a completed bachelor’s degree will entitle you to study for a master’s degree. 
Where the various forms of study differ is in the choice of subjects and teaching methods. While a university degree course involves a set of options from which you are free to select your courses in line with specified guidelines, studying at a “Hochschule” usually involves a fixed timetable. Another difference is that a degree from a Hochschule tends to prepare you for a specialist career, whereas a university degree is comprised of a broader range of elements and gives you an overview of a discipline in general. A dual-track degree course (“duales Studium”), on the other hand, offers you an education that is both practice-oriented and academically robust.
 
Questions about dual-track degree programmes (“duales Studium”)

In what fields are dual-track studies available?

Currently, we support dual-track study programmes in Business Administration or Business Informatics.

What existing skills do I need?

To undertake dual-track studies at Steuler, we don’t expect you to have any specific existing skills. However, we do see a strong affinity for your chosen discipline and good results in your final high-school exams as vital for success in your studies.

Who acts as my mentor while I’m studying?

Whatever field you’ll be working in, you will be supported by a skilled male or female mentor.

When do I need to apply?

You should ideally start applying around one year before you plan to begin your studies.

What degree can I obtain by following a dual-track degree programme with the Steuler group?

Upon successfully completing your dual-track studies you’ll graduate with a BA (in Business Administration or Business Informatics). At the same time, you’ll also gain the professional title of “Industriekaufmann/-frau” or “Informatikkaufmann/-frau” (which can be roughly translated as “Industrial Management Assistant” and “Informatics Management Assistant”, respectively).

How long do dual-track degree programmes take?

On a dual-track course of study it will take you three years to complete a BA degree in Business Informatics and four years to complete a BA in Business Administration.

Are students on dual-track programmes paid?

We take care of your tuition fees and also pay you a training allowance. This means you can expect to be achieving your own income right from the start.

Can I take holidays during my studies?

You are entitled to 30 days’ leave per year while studying on a dual-track programme.
 
Questions about cooperative degree programmes (“kooperatives Studium”)

In what fields are cooperative degree courses available?

We offer “cooperative study” programmes in the fields of Construction Engineering and Energy & Process Technology. We are also open to considering other disciplines, such as Mechanical Engineering or Chemical Engineering. Feel free to contact us regarding this.

What existing skills do I need?

To undertake a cooperative degree programme with Steuler, we expect you to gain a pass mark in the relevant subject in the first semester. We also view a strong affinity for your chosen discipline as vital for success in your studies.

How are the practical and study phases organised?

During the study phases, you can concentrate wholly on your studies and won’t need to work. During the semester holidays, you’ll then come to work with us at Steuler, where you’ll be able to put into practice the theoretical content you’ve learned. To facilitate this, we agree around 200 hours of work per year, equivalent to approximately 5-6 working weeks annually. The exact working hours are set down in an individual agreement with you.

Who acts as my mentor while I’m studying?

Whatever field you’ll be working in, you will be supported by a skilled male or female mentor.  

When do I need to apply?

Ideally, you should apply as soon as you can demonstrate successful completion of the first semester. You can also apply before that point. If we see you as a suitable candidate for cooperative studies, we’ll sign a preliminary contract with you, which is then converted into a full contract after a successful first semester.

How long do cooperative study programmes take?

Your cooperative studies for a BA degree generally take three years to complete. Master’s degree courses are slightly shorter and usually run for two years.

Are students on cooperative study programmes paid?

We take care of your tuition fees and also pay you a training allowance. This means you can expect to be achieving your own income right from the start.
 
Future career and prospects

How likely am I to be taken on after my studies?

Are you someone who shows initiative, has a sense of motivation and is eager to develop professionally and personally? Then there’s nothing to prevent you from being taken on once you graduate from your studies.
 
Questions on the application process

What method should I use to apply?

We prefer to receive your application online, via our job portal.

What happens after you receive my application?

Your documents will be immediately accepted into our application process and initially checked for completeness. After that, your application is viewed and evaluated by our human resources department. Once both of these stages have been completed, you’ll receive a response by email. 

What happens to my data?

Your data is treated confidentially and deleted if your application is unsuccessful in accordance with data protection rules. However, if you give us your consent, we’ll be happy to retain your data in case a suitable opportunity for us to work together arises at a later date.

How long does the application process take?

If you apply using our online application form, you’ll receive a confirmation of receipt as soon as you’ve submitted your application. As a result, you can be sure that we’ve received your documents and will be reviewing them.
We try to go through all incoming applications and then give appropriate feedback as soon as we can. You can also visit the candidate portal to check the latest status of your application at any time.
 
Questions about final-year dissertation projects

In which divisions of the company can I work on my final-year dissertation project?

In principle, you can work on your final-year dissertation project in any of our divisions. The requirements are that the topic, developed jointly with us, is relevant for the division concerned and that we can provide competent experts with sufficient time to support you. 

Can I suggest my own ideas for topics?

We appreciate creative approaches and new ideas and are open to considering your own suggestions for dissertation projects provided we have the expertise to assist.
We can work with you to identify a topic that’s right for both you and the company. You simply need to tell us your idea. The more precisely you formulate your focus areas and aims – and the more clearly we can see the added value for our business – the easier it will be to identify a suitable dissertation topic.

Who will assist me with my project?

For your final-year dissertation, you’ll have access to expert mentors who will assist you as fully as possible. 

Can I combine my dissertation project with an internship?

Ideally, we will already have got to know one another as a result of an internship and discovered that there’s a good fit. If this doesn’t apply but you’ve demonstrated your strengths during your dissertation project, there’s no reason why an internship couldn’t be arrange to enable us to get to know each other better.
 
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