With KOSMO, we offer a cooperative study model in close partnership with businesses, which offers students and local businesses the opportunity to get to know one another early on.
Together with your peers studying foundation subjects, you will regularly attend lectures and events at the university. KOSMO is a form of dual study with integrated practical phases.
How is the cooperation initiated?
As a student, you will apply to interested companies as part of the model. If your application is successful, an individual employment contract will be put in place between the student and the company. This contract will contain personalized terms. A copy of the employment contract must be submitted to the responsible Studierendensekretariat [Students’ Secretariat].
The company enters into a framework cooperation agreement with the Hochschule Kaiserslautern, which stipulates that the university and the company wish to collaborate in the future and educate students together as part of a cooperative study model.
Then, during your studies, you will be employed at a company and will receive a monthly wage, which will be based on the apprenticeship wages typical of the industry sector in question. It is possible to put personalized rules in place. In turn, you are obligated to complete certain elements of your course of study at the company in question, such as a pre-study internship, practical internship, project work, and your Bachelor or Master thesis.
How often will I be on site at the company?
These courses of study are on-campus courses. That means that the time you spend at the company will be outside of the lecture period, and of course, throughout the practical phase and for your Bachelor thesis. If your schedule allows, you may also spend time working at the company during the lecture period as long as the company approves of this.
Usually in the first one or two semesters, you will spend more time at the university in order to learn the basic theory. The further you are in your studies, the more involved you will become in the company.
In Master’s degree courses, the practical phases are generally even more pronounced, so much so that the course seems to focus almost entirely on work experience.
Here, you can find an overview of the Hochschule Kaiserslautern's semester schedule.
How much will I earn?
All interested partners will be advised to orient the remuneration on the apprenticeship wages typical of the industry sector. Experience has shown that students with a “Meister” qualification and those studying for their Master’s will earn more than students that have only completed a school education.
The monthly wages fall within the national average. The wages vary between 400 and 1,200 euros per month, depending on the industry sector, personal requirements, and the student’s own negotiation strategy. Some companies remunerate students once per semester, some calculate an average wage and pay the same amount at intervals throughout the entire course of study.
The wages earned are subject to social welfare deductions, regulations on minimum wage, and will be accounted for in any BAföG assessments.
Can I change to KOSMO even after I have started my studies?
More than half of the course of study must be completed as part of a cooperation. That means if you are on a Bachelor's degree course lasting seven semesters, you may become a lateral entrant to the KOSMO program up until the 4th semester, at the latest. The original and a copy of the employment contract must then be submitted to the Studierendensekretariat.
I am no longer able/willing to complete a cooperative study course. What should I do?
All parties may withdraw from the contract in accordance with the legal and contractual termination period. The student has the option to continue their studies in the traditional study model or find another company to cooperate with. This option also applies to a temporary employment contract.