- How is the Bachelor of Engineering (B. Eng.) structured? Where will it take place? What is a "hosted programme"?
The B. Eng. Hydrogen Technology Transnational (BWTT) is a shared programme between the German Jordanian University (GJU) Amman, Jordan and the Technical University of Applied Sciences (THWS), Schweinfurt, Germany. Thus, the study location is the GJU during the pre-year and semesters 1-4 and the THWS in semesters 5-7.
- How long is the study programme?
The B. Eng. Hydrogen Technology (Transnational) is officially established for 7 semesters as a full-time programme plus the pre-year if needed (total of 9 semesters), where the students will have technical and German courses.
However, as most students will need to study German besides taking the modules, we recommend extending the study programme to 10 semesters.
- What is the pre-year?
The Jordanian and most international school-leaving certificates do not directly qualify for entering the degree programme according to the German system. Moreover, the required German language skills are usually lacking.
For this reason, the GJU sets up a pre-year's course (corresponding to PY1 and PY2 in the module overview) which, if successfully passed, can be partially credited towards the degree programme to reduce the workload. It also provides the German language skills required for the first admission level at B1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) through extracurricular classes. For the BWTT, the pre-year and the degree programme add up to 9 regular semesters.
- What will be the teaching language?
In the GJU for the pre-year and semesters 1-2 the language of instruction will be English. For semesters 3-4 at GJU most modules will already be taught in German and two modules per semester will be taught in English. At the THWS (from semester 5 onwards) the lectures will be completely taught in German, since students will be attending the regular technical courses of the German-speaking bachelor programme in Schweinfurt.
- How much will the programme cost?
The approximate cost of the entire study programme will be about 30.000 €, depending on whether or not you are in need of the pre-year and German language courses. For details, please see the fees page.
- Are there any scholarships I can apply for to cover (part of) the costs?
We are currently working on a scholarship scheme and are positive that we will be able to provide you with updates soon. Kindly stay alert.
- Who is this target group of this programme?
The programme targets excellent high school graduates with very good English language skills who aim for a study programme that will train them as engineers to design, construct and operate hydrogen plants and systems along the hydrogen value chain. Prospective students should be open for the option of an international or German career path and very much committed to learn the German language.
- Who will be teaching in this programme?
Around 70 percent of the lecuring will be delivered from THWS and 30 percent from GJU. The aim is to have an international lecturers team that broadens the perspective of the profession.
- When will the lectures start?
Lectures for the pre-year of the B. Eng. Hydrogen Technology (Transnational) at the GJU will start each winter semester around the October 8th.
- What degree will I acquire completing this study programme?
Once successfully completing the bachelor programme in Hydrogen Technology (Transnational), the students will acquire a German degree in Bachelor of Engineering (B. Eng.) that is recognized in Jordan.
- What will I be able to do with this degree?
After earning a German degree, students fulfill the academic requirements to practice their profession in Germany and Jordan. Typically, this would also be the case of other European or Arab countries (maybe depending on some adaptive measures). They will also acquire access to a wide range of Master’s degree programmes in engineering in Germany, Europe, Jordan and worldwide. Graduates thus will have a wide range of opportunities for further progression. These include opportunities in the fields of energy technology, mechanical engineering, plant and process equipment construction, process engineering, energy economics, and sustainable resource management.
- Is the study programme hybrid or in presence?
The study programme will be taking place at GJU for the pre-year and 1-4th semester and 5-7th semester at the THWS. However, some lectures might be online or hybrid since the Professors and Lecturers will be international. For the time spent at GJU, most of the German professors will teach parts of their lecture online and the rest in physical presence at GJU campus for an intensive blocked course.
- What will I learn in the lectures of this programme?
The aim of the transnational Bachelor's degree programme is to educate engineers for the design, construction and operation of hydrogen facilities and systems along the hydrogen value chain, independent of sectors, based on well-known technical processes. Hydrogen technology is a key technology and a pioneer towards a carbon-neutral era. Engineers in hydrogen technology make the most significant contribution to the necessary transformation of industry, transportation, and households towards carbon-free energy use, actively implementing the demands of the World Climate Council. In addition to the technical content, the programme also promotes the student’s methodological and personal skills. For more detailed learning outcomes, kindly refer to the module handbook.
- Is there any specialisation during the programme?
In this programme students will be able to choose some electives in order to specialise in different fields. Further specialisation will be possible through the practical experience gained during the internship.
- Where can I find an overwiew of the courses I will have during the programme?
If you look at the graphic illustration of the study plan and at the modules page you see how the courses are planned for each semester. In the module handbook you will find the detailed explanation and information for each course.
- Will there be a maximum number of students admitted per year to the programme?
We aim for small classes to serve you best. Thus, for the upcoming intake, we expect a class size of 20 students but could also serve more.
- Is there an obligatory internship during the programme?
Yes, in the 6th semester of the bachelor programme the students will complete the practical module as an internship in a company. This allows them to gain experience in professional practice and to build their first professional network. Students will also have the opportunity to write their bachelor’s thesis in their 7th semester related to their practical experiences.
- Does the internship necessarily have to be in Germany?
The 22-week long internship is an integral part of the studies and takes place during the 6th semester of the programme. It is highly recommended that you conduct your internship in Germany since you will acquire a German degree and want to make sure you get familiar with the German engineering field. If you want to enter the German labor market upon graduation, it is highly recommended to do so in order to increase your chances. According to the regulations, however, you are free to also conduct it abroad. In any case, the specific internship needs an approval by the THWS.
- What does the time commitment for the study programme look like in concrete terms? Can I complete the study programme while working?
The Bachelor Hydrogen Technology Transnational is a full-time course of study based on attendance, which generally takes place during the day. In some cases, blocked seminars are also held on Saturdays. While most courses do not have compulsory attendance, do not let this fool you: The programme is very demanding, especially as you have to acquire the needed German language skills and might have to work harder than the average mother tongue peer. Students are expected to be present and to do additional work (presentations, assignments, preparation and follow-up work, etc.), in some cases also during the lecture-free periods. If students do not show up for classes, it is their responsibility. The German university system gives students a lot of freedom – along with the respective responsibilities. Thus, we strongly advise not planning to work alongside your studies.
- What happens if I do not make it to the German study programme (not complete successfully the pre-year or the language requirements)?
First of all, we will support you along the way to make sure this does not happen. If you were actually in need of a safety net, there are different options and we would encourage you to get in touch with our advisory team in time:
- Re-taking the courses you are in need of (even though this might extend your studies)
- Switching to a regular programme at GJU that would also provide you with the opportunity of a German Year, and where the language courses and, depending on the programme, technical courses could be recognised
- Continuing in a related Engineering programme at a Jordanian university
- Is it possible to have a semester abroad (other than Jordan and Germany) during the programme?
In general yes, on an individual, self-planned basis. However, you would have to make sure to stay on track with your technical and German language courses. As you will have an extensive stay in Germany, we recommend you focus on that.