What is dual training?

Dual training takes place in two locations: in addition to classroom teaching, there is also practical training in professionally qualified companies. You will not only gain knowledge, but you will also learn about the company's operations and culture, all closely integrated with the university curriculum, in a package that combines the knowledge and diploma you have gained at university.

What does it mean in practice?

As a dual student, you alternate between studying at the university and at the company. You get a monthly student allowance of at least 65% of the minimum wage. 

At the end of your training, the company will probably offer you a job.

Take part in dual training if you are interested in:

  • earning money at the company you are emplyed
  • real-life practice
  • boosting your CV
  • the possibility to get a job at the end of your training period.

Or choose only a BSc course, if you do not want: 

  • tight time schedules
  • to work in the exam period
  • shorter holidays
  • company expectations regarding your academic performance.

Things to know about dual training

What does dual training mean in practice?

  •  The relationship between the student and the company is close throughout the period of study - the student receives a monthly allowance from the company - and is also set out in a student employment contract.
  • After the university study periods, there is an 8-week internship period in the autumn-winter semester and a 16-week internship period in the spring-summer semester.
  • The dual student is both a full-time student at the university and an employee of the company with an employment contract, who spends the academic term at the university. 
  • In addition to the study programme of the respective bachelor's degree course, dual students also complete the company's study programme.   


Dual training is beneficial for all participants.

Why is it beneficial for you?



  • There is a close relationship between the student and the company throughout the period of study - the student also receives a monthly salary from the company - which is also laid down in a so-called student employment contract.
  • You get a monthly allowance from the company. By law, this is at least sixty-five per cent of the statutory minimum wage (minimum wage), but individual companies can pay more than this, or the pay can increase depending on performance. In addition, other benefits, travel expenses and accommodation may also be reimbursed. It is important to note that company allowances are paid throughout the year, i.e., also during periods of study at the university.
  • In addition to company benefits, you are of course also entitled to a study grant or social assistance if you qualify for it on the basis of your academic performance or social situation.
  • If you do well, you are almost guaranteed a job offer after graduation.  In Germany, 85% of people who complete a dual apprenticeship stay at the company.
  • If you get a better offer after graduation, there is no obligation to repay the company for the benefits you received during your studies, because the student employment contract lasts until you receive your diploma.

At the same time, you should keep in mind:

  • Companies need motivated students who want to learn and perform.
  • If you do not wish to out extra effort into your university years, dual training is not for you.
  • Dual students have a tighter schedule, therefore you have to manage your time better.
  • Companies expect you to progress according to the curriculum, i.e. to complete all subjects when they are on the syllabus. In addition, companies may also have expectations about academic performance. You should always check with the company you have chosen for these expectations.
  • You can't expect long holidays, you will get summer holidays (about 2 weeks - 1 month) from the company in the same way as employees.
  • Exam periods are almost the same as in the case of correspondence students because you are working at a company. Of course, companies will help you to pass your exams as successfully as possible. Dual students try to get so-called 'offered marks' during the year. In this case, you no longer have to take exams in the subject.

Why is it beneficial for businesses?

The dual training partners have certainly not joined the training programme for their own benefit. Their aim is to train their future employees according to their own needs before they graduate.

Thanks to dual training, they can offer their students vocational training and the young people get to know the company culture, tasks and jobs, so that when they are hired as fresh graduates, they do not need expensive training and do not lose weeks of time in the process of settling in.

Why is it beneficial for the university?

By supporting dual training, the University provides more competitive skills, increasing the chances of its graduates being successful in the labour market.

The training will become more practice oriented.

  • Our graduates excel in the labour market.
  • The enrolment area is growing because students are coming from all over the country for dual training.
  • More people get into college with better results because the selection of companies works well.
  • The corporate relations of the university are strengthening.

General information and concluding contracts:

Information about dual training

Vehicle Engineering

Computer Science Engineering

Logistics Engineering

All programmes at the Faculty of Business and Economics

Mechanical Engineering

All programmes of the Faculty of Horticulture and Urban Development

Dr. Ildikó Király kiraly.ildiko@kvk.uni-neumann.hu