"Ausbildung" (Vocational Training) is the best-known term in the field of professional education and training. In Germany, vocational training means more than to learn a profession from somebody else. Vocational training means that you learn both the theory and the practical side of your profession.
When talking about academic education, usually you would use the word "studies" or "course of study". During a course of study you learn a lot about the scientific basis and the theory of the subject.
Vocational training and study programs come in various forms.There are also different rules and requirements in professional and academic education.
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