Vocational – Hotel & Gastronomy

The dual vocational training program in Germany comprise theoretical as well as practical elements. In Hotel & Gastronomy (HOGA) students spend 18 weeks per year at a vocational school where they acquire the theoretical knowledge that they need in their future occupation.

The dual vocational training program in Germany comprise theoretical as well as practical elements. In Hotel & Gastronomy (HOGA) students spend 18 weeks per year at a vocational school where they acquire the theoretical knowledge that they need in their future occupation.

The dual vocational training program in Germany comprise theoretical as well as practical elements. In Hotel & Gastronomy (HOGA) students spend 18 weeks per year at a vocational school where they acquire the theoretical knowledge that they need in their future occupation. The rest of the time they work in a Hotel, where they get to apply their newly acquired knowledge in practice and learn how their work place operates.

Employment prospects for students who have completed a dual vocational training program are very good. That is why this kind of training is very popular with young Germans: around two thirds of all German students leaving school go on to start a dual vocational training program.  After passing the finals exams, students are recognized professionals in Europe and stand a good chance of starting a successful career in Germany.


Educational qualification: 12th completed or diploma 10+3

(One should have your school-leaving certificate recognized to apply for a vocational training course.)

Language qualification: B1 Level Certification is mandatory

Age: 18 years – 24 Years


Maximum 6 Months of Pre Semester

3 Years of Job training with a minimum of 800 euros stipend /month

Pay during Vocational Training:

Trainees will receive 800 Euros – 1150 Euros (monthly gross)

A) Hotel Industry Expert

Hotel Industry Experts work in all departments of a hotel business: at the reception and reservation, in sales, in Housekeeping and in stores, in customer and catering service as well as in the event department. They plan and organize the essential work processes in the hotel.

Training content:

  • Receiving, advising and looking after Guests
  • Serving food and drinks, preparing breakfast buffet
  • Selling and creating offers
  • Cleaning Guestrooms
  • Planning and organizing events
  • Developing, executing and controlling marketing campaigns
  • Planning personnel deployment
  • Managing inventory

B) Cook

Cooks perform all activities related to the preparation of food. This includes craftsmanship skills and the application of kitchen techniques as well as the planning and calculation of menu sequences. The work area also includes the preparation of menu suggestions and the advice of guests.

Training content:

  • Preparing food& drinks
  • Using professional kitchen technology and modern tools
  • Considering nutritional, economic and ecological aspects
  • Observing hygiene regulations
  • Presenting products
  • Advising Guests
  1. Our Program consists of four stages:

    Stage 1: Preparation in the country of origin (approx. 6 months)

    • Language course
    • Conclusion of a vocational training contract
    • Visa and recognition of certificates

    Stage 2: Preparation in Germany (Maximum 6 months)

    • Intensive language course
    • Integration course & intercultural programmers
    • Excursions and visits of future companies

    Stage 3: Dual Vocational Training in Germany (36 months)

    • Studying theoretical knowledge in the vocational school
    • Learning practical skills in the company
    • 12 month of personal support from AGENTUR DER WIRTSCHAFT

    Stage 4: Working in Germany (open end)

    • Automatically absorbed by the workplace or one year time to find an employment
    • Signing a working contract and earning a German salary
    • Gaining indefinite residence permit just after only two years

Work in the hospitality industry

a) Chef
b) Waiter/Waitress
c) Hotel Clerk
d) Specialist in Theme Gastronomy
e) Hotel Administrative Clerk

Admission Process

Steps for admission:

  1. IAS Document check
  2. AAF (admission acceptance form) will be sent once IAS has received all documents
  3. AAF needs to be signed by the student within a week
  4. Students need to pay administration fee by the date mentioned in AAF
  5. Student needs to pay course fee 3 weeks before the visa date

Documents required via Courier for the check at the ministry of education

(Once Step 4 completed)

Passport (Original of the notarized document)

12th-grade certificate or highest qualification (will be translated by a sworn German translator (taken care of by IAS)

Resume in tabular form in the German language (manually signed)

Document Checklist 

  1. Application Form
  2. Declaration Form
  3. Accommodation Form
  4. Notarized Copy Of 10th Grade Certificate
  5. Notarized Copy Of 12th Grade Certificate
  6. Notarized Copy Of Other Vocational Training Or Further Study Certificate (If Any)
  7. Resume In Tabular Form With Educational Background 1st To 12th Grade (Including Photo, Percentage Of The Results Of 10th And 12th Grade, Place, Date, Signature) As.Doc File
  8. Notarized Passport Copy
  9. Passport Size Photo In Good Resolution
  10. B1 Certificate (Needs To Be Available Before The Visa Interview)



Online Group Courses

Young Learner’s Courses

Those who wish to do Masters in Germany and make a career later on. 

Eligibility criteria’s are:

  • First Class in Bachelor’s Degree (>60%)
  • Minimum 180 credit points from Bachelors (If you have 180 ECTS from your bachelor’s but want to study a master’s with 210 ECTS required then oftentimes you can still get enrolled with the obligation to catch up on the 30 ECTS within the first 3 semesters of your master’s study).

In Germany the education is excellent and yet free of charge. In general the public universities have no tuition fees. Students just have to pay administrative costs per semester, which often include the semester ticket for train and bus travel in the city or state area. With a student ID one will receive discounts in many places, like shops (mostly special days are designated for students to receive discounts), leisure activities (like cinema, sports, museums etc.) or travel within Germany or in Europe.

There is a wide range of master courses, so candidates will surely find a course that matches their interests, be it with a practical approach or research oriented. Moreover, Germany suffers from a lack of manpower in many fields, foreign candidates with a good education and a solid command of German, are in high demand.

Overall Germany is an economically stable and also safe country.

In Germany, you can opt for masters taught in English as well as in German (via the MEP Program). In order to qualify for the direct English taught the student must have a very high percentage as well as the need to compete with many more other such aspirants. Few courses are offered in English in comparison to German taught masters. Also, to study an English based master leads to difficulties in finding an internship, thesis or jobs upon completion, as the (internal) communication in companies is in German.

German taught master’s program

There is a wide selection of German taught masters and many courses also fall under the non NC category. Meaning a lot more admission slots are available. To study masters one must prove enough German language skills (C1 Hochschule level). As language is the key to finding better internships or jobs as more companies would be interested in offering such positions. MEP prepares candidates to achieve this goal.

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Public UniversityPrivate University
No study fees, just general administration fees (mostly semester ticket i.e. local travel in Bus, Tram or Train is already included)Study fees, starting approx. from 2000,00€ per semester, depending on the course and the University
More attractive to majority of people, leading to fuller classrooms and more students capacitySmaller numbers of students which allows individual mentoring and support
Offer a wide variety of subjects to study, sometimes up to 150 courses per universitySmaller curriculum, mostly specialized in specific fields and currently in trend courseworks

Typically focus on a theoretical approach regarding their teaching and study content.

In recent years though more and more practical training has been included in the itinerary. Nevertheless, students still have to plan practical experiences (Internship, Thesis etc.) by themselves in many cases.

Commonly well connected to industries and companies and have a more practical approach in their studies & better career opportunities

To sum it up: There is no right or wrong when choosing the type of university. See what fits your needs and interests best. With degrees from either university you will have good chances to find a good job afterwards

To answer it shortly: In most public Universities there are NO tuition fees, as they are publicly funded. But there are some administrative charges which could be anywhere between 0 to 500€ per semester. This includes mostly the ID card, the administration fees, the local transport etc.

Fees are charged mostly at private universities.

You can apply for the MEP and mostly the work experience is an added advantage. Some Universities also take relevant work experience into account for Credit point calculations.