Double degree at Tongji University, China

What is the CDHAW?

The Chinese-German University of Applied Sciences (CDHAW) was founded in 2004 at Tongji University in Shanghai. A consortium of 31 German Universities of Applied Sciences – including Esslingen University of Applied Sciences – and the University of Tongji share responsibility for it. The courses offered by the CDHAW cover Automotive Engineering, Mechatronics, Building Services Engineering and Engineering Management and are for Chinese and German students.
Approx. 50,000 students are currently studying at Tongji University. Since the winter semester 2009/10, CDHAW accepts German students who want to gain their Bachelor of Engineering double degree in Shanghai.

Important Contacts

Faculty of Automotive Engineering

Academic coordinator Incomings

Prof. Dr. Norbert Schreier

Academic coordinator Outgoings

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Thomas Brunner

Faculty advisor

M.Eng. Min Li

International Office

M.A. Cora Mathe

Studying and living in China

Global markets require global education and training. The semesters you spend abroad in China enable you to meet this requirement and increase your already excellent employment prospects. The double degree offered by this programme provides you with both a good scientific grounding in an international environment and training which is of great practical relevance.

At Esslingen University of Applied Sciences, we support you as you acquire specialist and methodological knowledge and teach you social competences at the same time. A basic knowledge of Chinese gained at the Institute of Foreign Languages and intercultural seminars complete your preparations. The course “Sprache und Kultur – Leben in China (Language and culture – living in China)” at the CDHAW is the ideal start to your year abroad. Your next move is to study at the CDHAW in Shanghai and write your Bachelor thesis in China. The lectures in China are offered in English or German in the winter semester only. A basic knowledge of Chinese is recommended nevertheless to make life outside the university easier.


All illustrations and the associated information can be found on the German page.

Course schedule

You will receive a Bachelor degree certificate from both Esslingen University of Applied Sciences and from CDHAW. You will moreover receive a Diploma Supplement. On completing your Bachelor degree, you also have the opportunity to obtain a Master’s degree from the broad range of Master’s degree programmes offered by Esslingen University of Applied Sciences.

All illustrations and the associated information can be found on the German page.


  • You must be studying Automotive Engineering B.Eng.
  • You must have passed all examinations up to and including the 5th semester
    or up to and including the 6th semester
     (incl. electives and the ‘Social competences’ module)
  • You do not require a knowledge of Chinese, the lectures are given in English or German. A basic knowledge of Chinese is recommended.

How to apply

Further information on the double degree can be found on the Website of the International Office which also contains a detailed description of the application process.


Apply for summer semester 2021!

Applications open October 15th 2020

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