vocational training dual study
A combined study program is characterised by the constant change-over between the teaching of theory at university and practical experience in a company.
There are two types of combined study program:
A course of study at a cooperative university is divided into practical and theoretical phases. These take place in blocks. The course of study takes three years. The apprentices completes their study by taking the bachelor degree examination.
Vocational training at a vocational college is carried out within a company during the first two years of the course. In this case the apprentice does not undergo a training at a vocational college; instead he/she completes the foundation course at an university. After two years the apprentice completes his training by taking the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK) exam.
The apprentice then continues to complete his studies at the university. In general this involves an intensive study programme spanning four semesters. At this stage the course of study becomes full time and the apprentice becomes a student from this point onwards.
The apprentice/student receives a double qualification:
The study program is structured differently at each university, particularly within the different federal states. Study programs can last between four and five years depending upon the university, federal state, and course of study.