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Advantages & disadvantages of the dual course

Study and training in one, practical phases instead of gray theory and being paid for studying on top of that - a dual degree clearly has its advantages! Still, not all that glitters is gold. As in the "normal" full-time course, there are both sunny and dark sides here. Unsure whether the dual study program is for you? We'll give you an overview of the advantages and disadvantages.

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Dual study: advantages

Let's start with the positive sides - there are quite a few of them in the dual study program. Anyone who decides to study as a dual system benefits, for example, from ...

... the practical relevance

The practical relevance is probably the biggest plus point in the dual study program. Those who study dual studies already collect a lot during their studies work experience. While many Bachelor's graduates get cold feet even when they think about starting their careers, dual students can look forward to graduation with serenity. As a dual study course, you know exactly what to expect in your professional life - you will be spared the dreaded practical shock. Another advantage of the practical relevance: What you learn in the lecture hall, you can apply directly in your practical training sections. That takes care of variety and motivated. And later, as a graduate of a dual degree, you can score a lot with your practical experience in the job interview!

... several degrees

First of all: this advantage does not apply to every dual study program. Only in integrated training modelIn addition to your bachelor's degree, you will also acquire a (mostly) state-recognized one Professional qualification. Those who choose to do this have lectures and seminars at the university and the Practical phases Usually still at vocational school in the training company. Dual study integrating training is a tough one - you will end up with the coveted double degree rewarded. Those who complete vocational training and study one after the other need more than twice as long.

... the salary in the dual study program

As a rule, your training or practice company pays you a salary during the dual study program. The study costs (tuition fees, teaching material, possibly your own apartment, groceries, etc.) can be financed more easily. The amount of your remuneration is set out in the training or internship contract. If you're lucky, the company will even cover your entire tuition fees. Nevertheless, we have to slow down the euphoria a bit: You are definitely not rich as a dual student. Almost half of 600 respondents in our survey said "Is the salary enough in the dual study program?" to not get along well with the salary in the dual study program. Nonetheless, if you otherwise could hardly afford to study and do not want to get into debt, the payment in the dual study program is a great advantage.

... good chances of being taken on

Companies primarily offer dual study places in order to qualify To train junior executives and to bind yourself from the start. During the course of your studies, your partner company invests a substantial sum in your training. So it's no wonder he's interested in keeping you at the company after you graduate and, if possible, to take over. This also fits in with the results of a study by the IAQ at the University of Duisburg-Essen: three quarters of the dual students surveyed there in 2016 stated that they had one with their employer Takeover Agreement to have met. In most cases, there is no need to look for a job after graduation. Clearly a big plus point of a dual study program!

... good study conditions

Universities and vocational academies that offer dual study programs can often accept excellent study conditions score. The study groups often only consist of ten to 40 students, such proportions are less common in a “normal” full-time study. The equipment at many dual universities and vocational academies is also very modern.

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Dual study: disadvantages

So far we have only presented you with the best side of the dual study program. But: where there is light, there is also shadow. So that you can realistically assess whether a dual course of study is an option for you, we also want you to do this Disadvantages of the model do not hide, namely ...

... hardly any preparation for a scientific career

Due to the very high practical component in the dual course of study, the science that actually characterizes a course is neglected in some places. In addition, the topic of research is only mentioned in passing. Anyone who notices during their studies that one academic career as a lecturer (and possibly later as a professor) at a university comes into question, who has difficulties with a dual bachelor's degree to switch to this area. First of all, a master’s degree is a prerequisite for a university career in research and teaching. Even those who want to “do a doctorate” later on, i.e. do a doctorate, will find it more difficult to find a doctoral supervisor if the Bachelor's degree is a dual study.

... heavy workload

A dual course of study is not necessarily suitable for the faint-hearted contemporaries. Due to the constant alternation of practical phases, in which you may even have to attend vocational school, and lecture times, which usually end with exams, a dual course of study is quite nice labor intensive. Relaxation in the semester break? Nothing. Theory and practice are closely timed, dual students can only dream of weeks of vacation. Instead, they are only entitled to company vacation days, usually between 25 and 30 days off per year. The lucky ones among the dual students are released for the learning phases before the exams, unfortunately this is not the standard.

... it is difficult to break off the dual study program

Once you have decided on a dual course of study, you usually want to complete it. But what should you do if you are unhappy with your choice of study and career after the first semester and your studies are not fun at all? For "normal" students there is a Change of subject or drop outnot too tragic. Unfortunately, it looks a little different in the dual study program: In such cases, the (former) employer can demand repayment of the tuition fees paid to date. In extreme cases, the dual student forces students to finish their training, even though they know that they have made the wrong decision and that they “torture” themselves to work every day.

... definition of a work area

The “normal” study model makes it easy to set your own priorities in the course of your studies, for example through different internships or the choice of certain specializations. The situation is different in the dual course of study: As a rule, you always complete your practical phases at the same company. There is no provision for thinking outside the box.

While a full-time business administration student, for example in the fourth or fifth semester, can choose a certain area of ​​business administration as a focus and thus specialize, dual business administration courses are usually geared towards a sub-area of ​​business administration from the start. That makes perfect sense: Your training company would of course like to train you as much as possible to suit its own needs. So you don't just lie down when choosing a course of study Field of study, but more or less on one Field of activity firmly. Ideally, you will hit the bull's eye with the choice of the dual study place - then the specialization is a great advantage. If you don't do that and the reality of work looks different than you imagined, the definition of one area in the dual study program becomes problematic.

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