• The Dual Education System in Germany


I felt very safe in Germany during the whole program. I loved being able to experience so many different aspects of Germany and this trip has truly helped me grow globally and personally. I feel very grateful for this experience

CEPA Study Abroad Alumnus, Arizona State University

  • Academic Field(s)


  • Destinations

    Stuttgart and Munich

  • Duration

    10 days

  • Accommodation

    2-star hotels in Stuttgart and Munich

A dual education program combines apprenticeships in a company with vocational education at an institution. This system is practiced in several countries, notably Germany, and recognized worldwide as a highly effective model for the combination of theory and practice. During this program in southern Germany, students will visit a local State Ministry and learn about various school models as well as companies that voluntarily provide these training opportunities as they believe that this is the best way of meeting their own need for skilled staff.

  • DAY 1

    • Overnight flight to Stuttgart, Germany (group flight can be booked separately)

    Stay 5 nights at a 2-star hotel in Stuttgart

    • Arrival at Stuttgart Airport (STR)
    • Check-in at the hotel and orientation session by your CEPA On-Site Coordinator
    • Guided walking tour of Stuttgart, the Swabian metropolis, to learn more about the city’s past, present, and future
    • Welcome dinner at a Swabian restaurant
    • Guided tour of the Ludwigsburg Palace, one of Germany’s largest baroque palaces with an enormous garden
    • Guided tour of the School Museum in Obersulm to learn more about six centuries of school history in Germany

    • Visit the Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs of Baden-Württemberg to learn about the vocational training and technical education in the state of Baden-Württemberg
    • Visit the Gewerbliche Schule Im Hoppenlau Stuttgart, where in addition to the training at the companies, vocational lessons are given for numerous apprenticeships, such as bakers, butchers, hotel specialists, and hairdressers
    • Visit the Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg (DHBW) in Heidenheim, which is specialized in business-related education
    • Visit a partner company of DHBW, such as Paul Hartmann AG, and learn about dual education available at their corporation and the cooperation with DHBW
    • Visit a vocational school, e.g. Max-Eyth-Schule or Steinbeisschule Stuttgart, which offers a variety of school models while focusing on mechanical/technical jobs
    • Light lunch at the school’s cafeteria or the nearby cafeteria of the Volkshochschule Stuttgart
    • Visit an automotive parts manufacturer, such as Mahle Group, to see their apprenticeship workshop
  • DAY 7-10: MUNICH

    Stay 3 nights at a 2-star hotel in Munich

    • Check-in at the hotel and orientation session by your CEPA On-Site Coordinator
    • Guided walking tour of Munich to learn about interesting and historical facts of the city and see some of its most visited sights
    • Free time to further explore the city on your own
    • Visit a nursing school, such as the academy of the Städtisches Klinikum München or the Klinikum Schwabing, to learn about dual education, advanced training, and further education in the social and health sector
    • Visit a company, such as MAN, to understand what kind of dual education options are available for their trainees and how they partner with local schools and universities
    • Free day to further explore Munich at your own pace
    • Farewell dinner at a Bavarian restaurant
    • Departure from Munich Airport (MUC)
  • What’s included in this sample itinerary:

    Academic and professional excursions with special presentations • cultural excursions and field trips with local, bilingual guides • entrance fees and reservations • accommodation in 2-star hotels (twin rooms for students; single room for the faculty) • daily breakfast • welcome and farewell dinner • 1 additional group lunch • local transportation by private bus as needed • public transportation passes in Stuttgart (zone 1) and Munich (zone M) • on-site coordinator during excursions • orientation sessions • time to study, instruct, and explore

  • Program fee starting at € 1,580 per participant based on a group size of 15
  • All program fees are calculated to include participation of one accompanying faculty or group leader.
  • Prices are based on a minimum number of 15 or 20 paying participants.
  • The actual quote for a tailored program will vary depending on different factors, for example: the actual program dates, the final participant number, the duration of the program, the visits and excursions included, as well as varying exchange rates

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