The Dual Vocational Training System

Yes, we are proud of our dual vocational training as Germany is a leader in this area. The combination of vocational training and academic studies has been available since the early 1970s.

In 1974 Stuttgart and Mannheim were the first universities to offer cooperative education and in the last decade the number of study programs has risen by 50%.

At the moment over 95,000 students are in dual vocational training in Germany. Around 40,000 companies offer 1,500 different study courses which is remarkable as they cover every sector you can think of: financial sector, civil engineering and architecture, applied sciences, business studies, fashion, media, public health sector and much more.

Let’s face it, the dual vocational training has pros and cons. However, the advantages prevail.


– highly professional linkage of theory and practice
– early work experience
– the ability to cover the costs of studying by using one’s own salary
– ease of starting work in the training organisation
– more than one degree due to vocational training and study course


– less scientific approach, not prepared in terms of an academic career
– high workload
– less flexibility due to a very specific field of work


The German government started the initiative “Make it in Germany” and launched a website:

Wanting to find out what kind of professions are currently in demand, whether you need a visa, where to learn German or you need advice about living in Germany? This website provides some answers.


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