The Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University Loerrach (DHBW-Loerrach) was founded in 1981 as Berufsakademie Lörrach. It offers workplace-focused, cooperative degree courses. This means that students alternate between learning the theory at school and applying it on the job in a three-months rhythm. Besides Loerrach, seven other schools of cooperative education and three branch campuses were founded in Baden-Wuerttemberg since the beginning of 1974.
The German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg has changed the school's legal status on March 1, 2009. The union of the merged eight institutions with 11 campuses is now named Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University. It is a legal entity of public law and simultaneously a state institution. By 2009 the combined student enrollment across all 11 campuses had reached more than 25,000 students. More than 90,000 graduated alumni have been educated in more than 8,000 cooperating companies.
About 2,000 students are enrolled at the DHBW Loerrach. It runs a faculty of business and a faculty of engineering and offers 17 different business and technical fields of study. All programs are intensive and full-time degree courses (accredited with 210 ECTS).
In most of the courses students graduate after three years with one of the following degrees:
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The DHBW Loerrach - situated in the triangle between Germany, Switzerland and France - offers two trinational courses in cooperation with the Université de Haute Alsace in Colmar and Mulhouse and the UASN-Switzerland in Basle and Muttenz. Students graduate from these courses after three and a half years and receive a degree from all three participating schools. The lectures are held in German, French and English.
The DHBW Loerrach cooperates with the Steinbeis Foundation Stuttgart and the following international universities: