What is dual degree

What is a dual degree?

What exactly is a dual study program? How does this particular study model work? If you hear the term "dual studies" for the first time or you are not sure what that actually means, read on here. We will inform you about everything you need to know about the dual study program - study and time models, advantages and disadvantages, universities and companies, free study places ... and so much more!

Definition: dual study

The basic component of a dual course of study is the combination of practical work in a company and theoretical lectures at a university or professional academy. These two areas of application (practice and theory) alternate in a mostly regular rhythm (see Time models). 

At the end of the dual study program, you will acquire the internationally recognized bachelor's degree. At this point, you not only have a degree in your pocket, but also a lot of practical work experience, which is particularly valued by employers. Some dual study programs even integrate recognized vocational training in the practical phase (see Study models). Almost every subject can be studied as a dual.

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Corona pandemic and a dual course of study - can that work?

We will inform you about all the important consequences that Covid-19 has for dual studies in relation to universities, training and working in the company in our detailed article on the subject Dual study & Corona.

Which courses can be studied as a dual?

A dual course of study has many advantages, but what can you actually study as a dual course? Nowadays you can study almost everything as a dual study (see courses). The classic business administration, for example, is particularly popular. However, subjects that you would not at first glance assign to a dual course of study are also represented. Social work or social pedagogy can also be completed as part of a dual study program.

What are the requirements?

No matter how excited you are about a dual degree, you always have to meet certain requirements.

First of all, as is usual with any bachelor's degree, you need one University entrance qualification. This is usually the high school diploma. For a dual master’s degree, on the other hand, you need a first academic degree or vocational training with several years of professional experience. A numerus clausus (NC) is rather rare. However, many companies require applicants to have good school grades.

Which degree can I get with a dual study program?

You can do a dual study with a Bachelor or Master to lock. However, the dual bachelor's degree is more widespread than the dual master's.
If you opt for a dual course of study that integrates training, you will also complete vocational training at the same time and will also receive the corresponding qualification at the end.

How long does a dual course of study last?

A dual course of study usually lasts six to eight semesters. Of course, that depends a lot on the respective course and on the study or time model.

How much does a dual course of study cost?

The tuition fees of the dual universities and academies vary, but are usuallybetween 300 and 600 euros per month. Your employment contract regulates whether they will be taken over by the employer or your practice company.

However, tuition fees are not enough: Your apartment, groceries, hobbies and learning materials also need to be paid for. You will receive a salary during a dual study program, but that is not necessarily enough to cover all costs. But no fear. There are numerous financing options to relieve you!

You work during the dual study program, so of course you will receive a salary that the company will pay you throughout your studies. Depending on the course, industry and year of training, these arebetween 400 euros and 1,800 euros

Tip: Your partner company may not just pay the usual salary. Many companies offer additional services and some even cover the entire tuition fees!

Does a dual degree suit me? So that you can answer this question for yourself personally, we have the different ones for you Advantages and disadvantages compiled. Find out for yourself which of these points are important to you and whether you can cope with the disadvantages.

First of all the advantages

During a dual course of study, you not only have a change between the lecture hall and everyday work, you also benefit from one overall strengthen Practical relevance. After all, you work in a real company and apply your knowledge directly. You get your own salary and the companies often offer many different ones Additional serviceslike vacation pay, a laptop or paying the tuition fees.

That sounds really good, doesn't it? But it gets even better! If you complete a dual course of study that integrates training, you will even have two degrees after your studies. Because you are completing a degree and an additional training course.

Still, there are downsides

Since a dual course of study is primarily geared towards practical application, you will hardly be prepared for a career in science. So if you want to work as a lecturer or in a research department at a university, the dual study program is probably not right for you.

Also the heavy workload can bother you. Depending on the study model and phase, you work up to 40 hours per week in the company and have to prepare and rework the subject matter on the side. In addition, with a dual course of study, you commit to exactly one subject. Changing or even dropping out of the course is difficult. Often you are under Pressure to quiteven if you don't enjoy it.

And if you want to know more, read on here: Dual study advantages and disadvantages.

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