Work-study in France

CAWEB Master’s work-study program

The CAWEB Master’s program offers a work-study option during the second year.
The work-study contract binds the student and his/her employer as a salaried employee. Work-study rates of pay are based on a percentage of the minimum wage varying with the student’s age and diploma. The company benefits from considerable financial advantages. The work-study option concerns both the on-campus program and distance learning program.

Requirements to become an apprentice


The candidate must be aged between 16 and 25 when signing the contract. Since January 2017, the age limit has been set to 30 years in the regions of Grand Est, Bretagne, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Centre-Val de Loire, Hauts-de-France, Nouvelle-Aquitaine and Pays de la Loire.


The candidate must be a citizen of the European Union or have a work permit.

The students or citizens of the European Union and those of Romanian or Bulgarian nationality (EU countries subject to transitional mesures, must hold a work permit. The application must be made at the service of foreign labor and the Regional Direction of Companies, Competition, consumption, Labour and Employment.


Why choose a work-study program?

A work-study program makes it possible to combine theory and practice year-round

Students are paid, enabling them to fund their studies. They continue to enjoy student status and its benefits.

Students have a good chance of being hired at the end of the contract. In addition, they will have gained valuable work experience by the end of the year.

The cost of this program is supported by the employer and the Region of Alsace. Students don’t pay any contribution and they are also exempted from university enrollment fees.

Attending university and working at the sponsor company part-time

On-campus option:

The program begins with a three-week course that refreshes the students memory focusing on the technical IT skills learnt in the first year. During the first semester students will spend two days a week at work and three days at university.

During the following semester, students will spend three days at work and two days at university. This way, businesses can give longer assignments to students, making the experience much richer. The apprenticeship/work-study option is beneficial for students, the company and the university.

Distance learning option:

From September to mid-June, the student will work every day of the week: One whole day and four half-days. Distance learning courses take place four times a week beginning at 3 p.m. Three times a year, students meet in Strasbourg. These meetings are held in October, March and June.

Student mentoring at the sponsor company

The contract requires a work-study contact book. It lays down the student’s academic and administrative supervision and the training project.

At the start of the work-study contract, the university tutor and company tutor set up, in consultation with the student, a training project co-signed by the tutor, the company tutor and the student. It sets out:

  • The student’s tasks and assignments
  • The assessment grid with the student’s goals
  • The skills to be learned
  • The resources at the disposal of the apprentice

During this first meeting, a first report is made on :

  • the progress and evolution of the tasks entrusted
  • the main challenges and solutions to implement
  • the behavior of the apprentice
  • observations of the company tutor
  • observations of the apprentice
  • observations of the university tutor

A second meeting will be held before June and a final report will be made.

CAWEB master’s degree: training abroad

The Regions of Alsace and Baden-Württemberg have set up a specific system for students in the German-French border area.

Students of French and German enrolled in a postgraduate degree can opt for a work-study contract, undertaking the on-the-job training in Germany. The theoretical part of the training is undertaken in Strasbourg.

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Ils en parlent le mieux

In 2014, I choose the work-study program of the master for the second year. It has been really easy for me to find an enterprise to take me in in the area of strasbourg and in this field. For the whole year I worked as a webmarketing assistant at the Cuisines Schmidt factory, a really wellknown brand of kitchen furniture. It was my first experience in an office. I strongly recommend this program to the students of the master because it is a real first job experience that can make the difference on a resume. Moreover it allows you to put into practice the knowledge you got from the master and to understand how the business world works. By being part of the marketing team at Schmidt, I got very lucky since a lot of responsabilities were entrusted to me. It was a real challenge that I overcame with success

Noemie Chaigneau