A dual vocational degree (“ausbildungsintegriertes duales Studium”) is a special form of degree program. It integrates studies at a higher education institution and on-the-job training in a company. Integrated dual degree courses are particularly common in the fields of business and engineering. You can find more information about them here.
In contrast to regular university degree programs, dual vocational degrees do not primarily focus on academic studies. In addition to the theory that is taught at a higher education institution or “Berufsakademie”, students also undergo on-the-job training at a company. This provides them with the necessary work experience that opens up excellent career opportunities. Moreover, students receive a salary like any other trainee during the time they work for their company.
Dual vocational degree programs usually last between three and five years. In most cases, the vocational part is limited to two years to make sure that there is enough time for the academic part. You can only participate in this kind of degree course if you have the required entrance qualification for German universities. The first step is to apply at a company that will be responsible for your practical training. Then you enroll for a degree course at the university your company cooperates with.
A list of dual vocational degree courses including companies that offer traineeships is available on the “Ausbildung Plus” portal. Simply enter “ausbildungsintegriertes duales Studium” in the search field. Please make sure to apply early, as these degree courses are very popular. Here you will find more information on dual vocational degrees in German language.