In Germany we have the Cooperative State University. Doing your bachelor’s degree at this university works as follows:
- You will first need to find a company that employs you for this type of study
- This company then will register you at the university
- In roughly 3 month cycles you switch between working full time and studying full time
- Working here means a form of apprenticeship where they give you tasks that help you with your studies
- The whole program goes for 3 years and you will end it with a bachelor’s degree
- Over these 3 years the company is paying you (like an apprenticeship)
You must keep in mind that universities in Germany are free and paid by the state.
At a normal university it is also possible to partially work at a job (with a limit on hours per week), but that is a different concept and should not be confused with the type of study program I'm talking about here.
What I'm looking for is a English word for the employment relationship.
The last employment relationship I mentioned (regarding normal universities) is just called "Student Employee".
In German, the word for the employment relationship of a student in this work & study program is "Dualer Student" what roughly translates into "Dual Student". In the USA there doesn't seem to be a similar concept, probably because the universities aren't free to begin with. In Australia and the UK, a dual study program seems to refer to a different type of concept. It seems to stand for programs where students study at two different universities at the same time.
Does any English speaking country have a similar study program?
If yes, how is a student of such a program called and how is the employment relationship of this student called?
I'm currently writing my CV. I worked at the same company in conjunction to such a program and also for my master’s degree as a normal student employee. I want to differentiate both employment relationships since they are quite different.