How to study: The dual study / combined study

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In part 2 of my series on the changed study-time models in Germany, I am now going into the booming dual study program. This model, in which practice and theory alternate, has received a great surge in demand in recent years. What is a “dual study” and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

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High growth rates

In the year 2011 alone, the number of Company, who offer a dual study, compared to the previous year by 46% on over 40.000 companies. Together they offer around 60.000 dual study places.

With such a large offer it is clear that the universities and professional academies, which are carrying out the theoretical part of the dual study program, had to expand their range. There were therefore 900 courses in 2011, which are 12% more than in 2010.

20% more dual students

In addition, the German Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB), which has collected the above figures, has published the number of dual students in Germany: Young people are now taking over this study model through 60.000. These are 20% more than in 2010.

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These growth rates are, admittedly, enormous. But why is a dual degree program so popular?

Connection of practice and study

For school-leavers and / or students, there are three decisive factors, which is why they want to study dual. The direct linking of practical and theoretical learning contents is one of them.

In a dual study, one spends half of its time in a company and collects practical experience. Either by going through a normal company training, or by completing long-term internships.

The other half is spent at the university or vocational academy where the theoretical content is taught. Both together will result in a double degree (academic Bachelor plus training occupation or large practical experience through internships).

Factor monthly salary

Another factor is the payment as an employee already during the study. The companies do not only pay the study fees, but also pay a training salary.

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Although you can not make big jumps from this one, the basic supply is assured during your student life. This is a decisive point, especially for young people from economically weaker households.

Last but not least, the very good takeover chances are mentioned. The company's takeover rate, which has also been financed by the dual course, is above 80%. These include often indefinite contracts - in today's generation internships a not to be underestimated safety aspect for young job starters.

Many advantages, but still not everyone's thing

The above points all sound very positive. Why should you still go to a normal study, if you can acquire two degrees in a dual degree course?

But this is also the main disadvantage: the high workload. During the study period, you have to visit the university, learn for examinations, create housework and work in parallel.

A burden that should not be underestimated

This is a burden that one should not underestimate. If the other friends have leisure time in the normal course, it can be that one can not afford the time.

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Because you also have no 4 months semester breaks per year, but only the regular number of holidays as other employees as well.

Other disadvantages

Dual students must be mobile if the company and the study place differ. It may be that you study in Baden-Württemberg and work in NRW.

As a dual student, one is, of course, very much involved in the work structures of the training and internship work. A look beyond the box does not take place. Discipline and motivation is necessary! The duration of the study is fixed as a regular study time.

Conclusion: Exactly

A dual study is a special study model. While the right decision can be the right decision for those who can learn more practically than just theoretically, and the stress can be right, another person could break down under the workload and learning stress.

So you should assess yourself conscientiously and inform well in advance. On the Internet, there are several ways to learn more about this type of study and all courses offered.

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