Each semester, several thousand students get together with companies and organizations on projects. The students get a case and the ability to translate theory into practice, and as a partner, you get a scientific suggestion for a solution to a given problem. Solutions are often both creative and based on the latest knowledge in the problem’s area.
A typical project lasts for 4-6 months in either the spring or fall semester. Theses may extend over longer periods, and some students and partners are so pleased with the collaboration that they choose to continue over several semesters.
Student project work takes place primarily in groups of varying size, but typically consists of a group of two to seven students. Several people working on a task means that the students have the energy to tackle issues of considerable size.
The students will solve the problem as part of their semester project, which means that their work is carried out in conjunction with the company as well as with their supervisors from the university. Consequently, the companies end up with free, innovative solutions of high academic standard.
In the interest of the company, a project can be kept secret. This means that the project is not included in project libraries, and exams can be closed to outsiders.
Before you start, it is a good idea to run through our guide on project collaboration below.