Bachelor of Science Viticulture & Oenology - Course of cooperative studies
Contents – What awaits you?
The degree course at the Neustadt Wine Campus is enjoyable and rewarding for everyone who is interested in viticulture, oenology and the marketing of wine and who would like to study in small groups based on individual attention and support.
A cooperative education degree course combines practical, vocational experience with the academic aspects of study. The syllabus is agreed upon between the University and the wine estates cooperating as training partners, resulting in optimal interaction.
The balanced relationship between the various specialist subjects (viticulture, oenology and business administration / marketing) ensures a course of study aligned to current commercial requirements.
The Neustadt Wine Campus is in the south of the Rhineland Palatinate, in the western part of the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region, one of the major economic locations in Germany. A wealth of leisure-time activities and cultural highlights is guaranteed – the area offers three world heritage sites, more than 200 fortresses, castles and sacral buildings, three national parks, leading festivals, over 110 theatres and cabaret venues, more than 200 museums, countless opportunities for recreational sports as well as top sporting events.
Advantages of this course of studies
- Innovative and practical course of study
- Bachelor degree and qualification as winegrower in a combined course saving one year’s study time
- International network of three universities and the DLR Rheinpfalz (Rhineland Palatinate Service Centre for Rural Regions)
- Lectures and laboratory training in small groups
- Individual student guidance
- Internship or study time abroad
- Trainee remuneration during the time in the cooperation partner’s company
- No tuition fees
- Excellent opportunities on the job market
Career opportunities as Bachelor of Science
The cooperative course of studies at the Wine Campus gives you as a motivated and hard-working student a flying start in the employment world. The outstanding reputation of the dual qualification (vocational training and university degree) provides you with the ideal starting point for a successful career.
You will have the possibility of pursuing your profession as a qualified executive manager in wine-producing estates, wineries or wine-growers’ cooperatives worldwide and of training apprentices yourself once you have completed the instructor qualification.
In addition you will find interesting prospects in upstream and downstream business sectors (for example in wine laboratories, the wine trade, the chemical industry or even in mechanical engineering).
Who we are
There is an increasing requirement for executives with sound practical and theoretical skills in the domestic and international winegrowing sectors. This demand was the reason for establishing the Neustadt Wine Campus in 2009.
This was made possible by the cooperation between the three Universities of Ludwigshafen, Bingen and Kaiserslautern, the DLR Rheinpfalz (Rhineland Palatinate Service Centre for Rural Regions) and more than 200 wine estates throughout Germany as cooperation partners.
The course of studies leads to the internationally recognised qualification of Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology, awarded by the University of Ludwigshafen. Successful students are also awarded the professional qualification of winegrower by the Rhineland Palatinate Chamber of Agriculture.
Admission requirements – Contact
The first degree course is exempt from tuition fees in the Rhineland Palatinate. Living expenses during the semesters of study can be estimated as being approximately € 700 per month. During the periods of apprenticeship in the training companies the students receive remuneration according to the statutory rate (approximately € 560 per month). We would be pleased to help you with information on scholarships as well as on suitable accommodation.
Evidence of your qualifications at German university-entrance level is to be submitted at the beginning of the application procedure. The course is taught in German and it is necessary for prospective students to pass a German language test, e.g. DSH-2, ZOP, Test DaF Level 4.
Our Students’ Office will be delighted to provide you with further information on the course of study as well as on the wine estates cooperating with the University.