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However, I did not enter the dual study programme directly and am currently in the contact study programme. This means that as a guest student I attend lectures in my favourite subjects in industrial and business informatics and thus am preparing myself for the dual studies programme. For example, I take a German course at the DHBW in order to achieve the required language level C1. In addition, I had to prove that I have a high school diploma. For this purpose I had my Syrian high school diploma as well as my Syrian diploma in law recognised.
Since October 2018 I have been attending lectures in programming, business administration, mathematics and law on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. At the end of each semester I can take written exams in order to see if I would pass them. The next exams will be in July 2019. In my opinion the contact study programme is a very good opportunity to familiarise oneself with the dual studies programme and to get to know the workings of a German university. I also get together with other students and lecturers and am able to make contacts. At the moment I am also applying for a work experience position with DHBW partner companies and I am already curious to see which company I will likely be working for come the autumn. The dual studies programme will then last three years. The university phases alternate with the practical phases every three months.