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Overview of the dual study programme:

What is the dual study programme at the BTU?

A dual study programme always consists of at least two learning locations for the teaching and application of the theoretical basics.

In the BTU learning location, the dual student is taught the theoretical basics in particular. In the company learning location, the dual student is introduced to the professional activity through concrete tasks and practical work.

In the dual study programme at the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg, you can choose between the options of training-integrated (vocational qualification + degree) or practice-integrated (degree with in-depth practical phases) to study dual.

What is the difference between practice-integrated and training-integrated?

practice-integrating dual study programme
⇒ Study + practical experience

In this model, a Bachelor's degree is combined with many practical phases at the "learning location company". While regular students only complete an internship or similar in a company at times, dual students are always alternating between the "BTU learning location" and the "company learning location".

As shown in the following diagram, the dual students attend the regular courses together with the regular students during the semesters. Strongly practice-oriented study modules are shifted from the "learning location BTU" to the "learning location company" and completed by the students in the company during the lecture-free period.

In order to participate in the practice-integrating dual study programme, at least 4 modules in the form of practical phases (the exact designation varies depending on the study programme) must be completed at the company as a place of learning. These five modules have been developed so openly that most companies (even the smaller ones) are able to cover them.

You also have the option of increasing the degree of duality (i.e. the number of study modules at the "learning location company"). For this purpose, we have compiled a catalogue of modules that can (but do not have to) be carried out at your company. For each of these freely selectable modules, we have described the prerequisites, learning objectives, concrete tasks and activities.

dual study programme integrating vocational training
⇒ Study + vocational training

In this model, a vocational training course recognised by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce or the Chamber of Crafts and Trades is also completed during the course of the Bachelor's degree programme. In addition to the two learning locations BTU and company, the third learning location vocational school is added in the training-integrated model. The study duration is therefore 4.5 years, whereby the stay at the respective learning locations is as follows:

Vocational school

In the 1st year, before the start of studies, the dual student starts vocational training. Within this framework, the dual students attend classes according to the framework curriculum of the chosen training occupation.  After the 1st year of training, the dual students begin their studies full-time and continue their practical training in the company during the lecture-free periods. Compulsory vocational school attendance is waived from the start of the degree programme.

What are the advantages of a dual study programme for students and companies?

...the dual student is financially secure during the entire study programme and the job after graduation is basically secure.

  •     Fully-fledged university studies and practical experience,
  •     work on current topics in the company,
  •     stronger link between theory and practice,
  •     academic success is significantly increased,
  •     better development of soft skills,
  •     good preparation for the requirements of the labour market carrying out numerous practical phases in your company, you receive "tailor-made" graduates.

  • You bind students to your company at an early stage,
  • Induction periods or trainee programmes are no longer necessary or are shortened,
  • Your graduates also speak the language of skilled workers,
  • You incur no further costs apart from the training allowance,
  • You secure your skilled workers of tomorrow