European Industrial Experience Mittelhessen (EIEM)

Want to gain first-hand work experience in a German company?

Come to Mittelhessen – the strong industrial region just north of Frankfurt/Main.

The partner companies of our dual study programme offer exchange students placements in Business Administration, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Informatics and Civil Engineering/ Architecture. The work placements are accredited modules of StudiumPlus and participants will be enrolled as exchange students of StudiumPlus and THM (Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen University of Applied Sciences). Following an intensive German language course, that will also help settle into life in Germany, participants will work full-time in our partner companies.

Key Facts

  • September to December (extension for obligatory placements within your degree possible)
  • Salary € 600 per placement month
  • Intensive German language course in September
    (the student fee of € 430 for students from partner universities will be reimbursed by the companies)
  • Enrolment as a full-time exchange student of THM (semester social fee approx. € 220)
  • Work within a team on projects with the support of a university professor and a company supervisor (October - December)
  • Gain up to 24 ECTS (placement: write a project report and present it 20 ECTS; language course 4 ECTS); up to 32 ECTS for extended obligatory placements of 20 weeks or more
  • Join the Buddy Programme to facilitate intercultural exchange and to get support for your start in Germany
  • Enjoy free public transport in the greater Rhine-Main region (RMV)

Partner Companies


  • Enrolment as a full-time student at a (future) partner university of THM during the EIEM programme (while at THM you will additionally be enrolled as an exchange student of THM)
  • German language level A2 or higher
  • English language level B2 or higher
  • Participation in the International Summer Course Gießen (an intensive German language course - see below)

Application for Wintersemester 2017/18 (continuiously updated):

Please find profiles of our partner companies and the placements they offer below:


  Placements offered
Partner Company Profiles  Business
 Mechanical Engineering  Electrical
 Informatics  Civil Engineering
Christmann & Pfeifer Construction GmbH & Co. KG          x
Elkamet Kunststofftechnik GmbH  x  x    x  
ILLE-Papierservice GmbH  x      x  
RITTAL GmbH & Co. KG  x  x  x    
 Schunk Group  x  x  x  x  
 Viessmann Werke GmbH & Co. KG  x  x  x  x  

Application (Deadline 31st March 2017) must include:

  • Application form
  • Letter of motivation in English and German
  • CV in English and German
  • Transcript of records
  • Language certificates for English and German (Please ask a lecturer of your home university to fill in the form provided here)

Language Course

To join the programme you need to take part in the International Summer Course of Justus-Liebig-University in Gießen in September:

» goto the International Summer Course in Gießen

  • Costs for students of partner universities: € 430 (the company will reimburse this fee during the placement)
  • Accommodation in student halls of residence, rates vary
  • 4 ECTS can be gained



  • Depending on the location of the company you will be assigned to, you can
  • stay in student halls of residence in Gießen or Friedberg and travel on local transport
  • receive help from your placement company to find appropriate accommodation nearby

Financial Aspects for EIEM participants:

Please be aware of the following costs and income linked to the programme

  • € 600 per placement month (Please note, voluntary placements which are not embedded in the curriculum of your degree are subject to German social insurance contribution)
  • Semester social fee: approx. € 220 (due prior to enrolment)
  • International Summer Course Gießen: € 430 for partner universities (will be reimbursed)
  • Cost of living including accomodation

Cost of Living:

For an estimate please visit the website of the THM International Office or the website of the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)

General Information on StudiumPlus

StudiumPlus - a branch of Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen (THM University of Applied Science) - offers unique and innovative dual study programmes in close cooperation with more than 680 partner companies. StudiumPlus students are nominated and employed by companies for their entire study programme (both Bachelor and Master).

Bachelor students work full time in their respective company during semester breaks and for an entire project semester, whereas during lecture periods they follow full time studies on campus. The practical phases in the companies are accredited modules within the degrees’ curricula including a written report on the completed project and often a presentation as well. A university professor and a company supervisor support and accompany the students and grade the projects.

The intensive, practical study programmes of StudiumPlus bring first-class academic education close to students and companies in Wetzlar and in our five local branch campuses all over Hesse. The close contact between professors, lecturers, advisors from industry and students is fostered intensely.


Cornelia Fritzsch
Praxis- und Projektphasen | Auslandssemester
06441 / 2041 - 224
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