A pre-study internship is mandatory for this degree programme. This will give you the opportunity to gain first insights into your future field of work and to find out before you begin your course whether it is the right course for you or not.
It is in some cases possible to begin your programme without having done a pre-study internship, or to have previous experience partially or completely accredited. Please read through the following sections on "Timing of internship" and " Internship waiver".
The pre-study internship should if possible be carried out before the programme begins. If this is not possible, it can be done at any time before the beginning of the 4th semester. It can also be completed in several stages, but each stage should have a duration of no less than 2 weeks at each institution.
For the pre-study internship to be fully recognized, in addition to an 8-week duration, a written report of your activities during the internship period must be submitted, even in situations where the internship has been completely waived due to some form of previous training or apprenticeship. Please use the form supplied.
Upon application, the internship may be partially or completely waived. Prerequisite is proof of work experience as described under "Internship objectives" above. Please contact the vice-dean of studies of the study programme for confirmation.
The following activities could be recognized. Each case will be examined individually.
- Training or internship in a recognized and relevant apprenticeship programme
- Graduation from a subject-specific high school (Gymnasium or Berufskolleg)
- Incomplete university degree programme, e.g. biology, medicine, health sciences
- Year of voluntary work (FSJ) or voluntary service with relevant experience
Further information can be found on the Pre-study Internship Information Sheet.