Université Gustave Eiffel is France's first apprenticeship-based university. For more than fifteen years, the various units and institutions that form it have been developing apprenticeship education in the context of a wide range of courses, promoting teaching methods that are based on sandwich courses and that also target student employability and professional integration.
Nearly 22% of students in apprenticeships
In 2019-2020, the university has nearly 3,500 apprenticeship students, i.e. about 22% of all its students. They are working towards more than 90 qualifications, ranging 2-year to 5-year diplomas: two-year technology diplomas, general bachelor's degrees, professional bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, engineering degrees, architect's degrees, etc. The qualifications relate to all fields of education: the humanities and social sciences, economics and management, literature, arts and languages, mathematics, computer science, physics, etc.
Université Gustave Eiffel's apprenticeship education courses combine academic requirements with high quality assignments given by companies to the student apprentices. The quality of the work-linked education system mainly depends on the match between the assignment and the content and aim of the education, on rigorous monitoring of the apprentice in the company and at the university, and on a close partnership between the teaching team and the host company regarding the apprentice's education.