Dual Studies - Theory and Practice combined
In summer, many students have their school-leaving qualifications in their pockets and ask themselves: "What now?" The increasing degree of academization is driving many school graduates to universities - traditional apprenticeships have often had their day.
A dual course would certainly be a good alternative for many, combining theoretical knowledge with a practical working life. And the numbers of nearly 95.000 students in 2014 prove that these practice-oriented study models are very popular.
6 Reasons for a Dual Studies
1. Practical relevance
One of the biggest advantages of the dual study is its practical orientation. The basic concept of these study models is the combination of practical work in one Company and theoretical teaching of background knowledge at a university or vocational academy.
Students spend about half of their studies in the company and thus have the opportunity to get to know the working world early, to make business contacts and then to start working faster.
2. Financial benefits
Dual students are paid both for their practical work in the company and for the theoretical education at the university or Berufsakademie. The trainees receive a monthly internship or training allowance from their employer, which depends on whether the trainee is in a training or internship relationship.
Further financial advantages: the training remuneration within a vocational training increases annually. To what extent, however, varies from company to company. In addition, some employers are taking over some of the incurring study fees.
3. Shorter duration of study
In contrast to a regular study at a university with six to ten study semesters, the dual students in the integrated training model at the same time complete a vocational training and a degree or gain additional practical experience in the practice-integrated model in addition to the phases at the university.
4. Acquisition of two degrees
This brings us to the next great advantage of the study model: the acquisition of two degrees when completing an education-integrated dual study. Just one example of the benefits of double degree:
If a student undergoes a dual degree in mechanical engineering, he is not only trained in theory, but is already gaining a better understanding of production processes through his work in a company. This means that if you study dual, you have a dual role as theorist and professional practitioner.
5. Good study conditions
Dual courses are often offered at smaller universities or professional academies, which offer their students courses as well as study and learning groups on a smaller scale.
This ensures more individualized supervision by the lecturers. In addition, a dual degree program is structured and organized in such a way that the interplay of study and training or in-depth practical phases functions smoothly.
6. Good chances of being taken on
For an apprenticeship or internship, dual students are a temporal and monetary investment in their new business. As a result, students' takeover chances are very high.
Ultimately, students and students have to decide for themselves what they expect from their studies or from their studies. Anyone who would like to work later on in a scientific way or would like to join a master's degree is better served by a regular study program. The students, who have the opportunity to study in addition to the university degree, should consider a dual degree course.
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