FH Bielefeld engages in close contact with the industrial and the business communities and with the social, cultural and nursing institutions in the region. Students benefit from a well-developed co-operation network and can apply the academic knowledge they gain in a work environment.
Our students participate in practical subject-related projects, develop ideas and models, experience work placements and they write dissertations in companies.
Apart from "normal" full-time study programmes, FH Bielefeld offers three further study models: practice-integrated courses, dual qualification courses and part-time courses. With our flexible study models, study and work can be easily combined.
In Bielefeld, Minden and Gütersloh, FH Bielefeld offers sandwich courses, where on-the-job training and university education are closely interlinked. Each semester consists of an eleven-week work placement in a company followed by a twelve-week theory block at the university. This means that the theoretical knowledge and skills acquired are promptly transferred into corporate reality. Cooperation between students and companies in the placement phases can take several forms: commercial-technical training, an internship or a professional activity
With the dual qualification course in Nursing and Health, students acquire not one, but two qualifications in eight semesters: after three and a half years they are awarded a professional qualification in Nursing and Health; six months later the academic degree of Bachelor of Science. Theory and practice are combined at three institutes of learning: at the FH Bielefeld, in the training colleges and in the work placement settings, students learn, for example, to administer patient care on the basis of scientific knowledge and thus nurse people in need of care in the best possible way. The dual qualification course is offered in Bielefeld and Minden.
The part-time courses at FH Bielefeld are specially designed for the needs of working people and trainees. Students of part-time courses have self-study and attendance phases parallel to their work commitments. In the self-study phase, students prepare for the attendance phases with homework assignments. Block teaching is offered in employee-friendly manner exclusively on Saturdays in term time. Study, family and profession can thus be successfully combined thanks to flexible time and learning arrangements with Saturday lecture blocks.
Students have access to all the literature collections in the university library. Freely accessible computer workstations are available for literature and information research in the catalogues and databases of the library and in the Internet. Most of the media can be borrowed. The library collects specialist media relating to the range of subjects on offer, but also standard works of literature and reference works of a general nature. It also holds a constantly growing range of new media.