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Frequently Asked Questions
1.       What is the Practical Training Course at UOS about?
Practical training is an integral part of the study plan for each student at the University of Sharjah. It is necessary for students to undergo training outside the classroom, where they may get exposure to real life situations and are able to apply skills acquired in the classroom. Therefore, the University seeks genuine partnerships with the local, national and international commercial industries and various institutions. To this end, the Career Advising & Student Training Office (CASTO) makes every effort to establish a database of firms that can absorb UOS students for practical training each year.
 
2.       Who can apply?
CASTO provides its services exclusively to students enrolled in the University of Sharjah.
 
​3.       What are the eligibility requirements for practical training?
Each college has its own rules and regulations for practical training. Students must consult their Academic Supervisor (AS) before registering for the course. Generally speaking, however, practical training is done in the final year (i.e. senior status is required).
 
4.       Is the GPA important?
Yes! It’s extremely important that students maintain a good GPA since all training organizations prefer training students who hold a high GPA. It is extremely important to keep in mind that training organizations look at training candidates as potential future employees. Therefore, training organizations try to recruit students who demonstrate high academic performance.
 
5.       When is practical training offered?
Normally, practical training is available in the summer, but in some cases the course might be offered in the Fall or Spring semesters.
 
6.       Do I have to pay for the Practical Training Course?
Each college has its own criteria. Some colleges consider practical training as a credited course; in that case, the student must pay for it. In other colleges, however, practical training is required but receives no credit, so no pay is required. Consult your registrar regarding this issue.
 
7.       What is the duration of the Practical Training Course?
The duration of Practical Training varies from one college to another depending on the college’s requirements.
 
  • College of Sharia and Islamic Studies
Students are required to complete 60 practical training hours at the training site in a period of at most 15 weeks.
  • College of Law
An Internal Practical Training course is offered over one complete semester and the External Practical Training course is offered in six weeks during the summer session.
College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Students are required to complete 180 practical training hours at the training site in a period of at most 6 weeks.
  • College of Sciences
Students are required to complete 240 practical training hours at the training site in a period of at most 8 weeks or a minimum of 6 weeks.
  • College of Engineering
Students are required to complete 300 practical training hours at the training site in a period of at most 8 weeks or a minimum of 6 weeks.
  • College of Business Administration & Communication
Students are required to complete 120 practical training hours at the training site in a period of at most 6 weeks or a minimum of 4 weeks.
 
8.       Can I turn an existing job into practical training?
Yes. However, you need to put some thought and consideration into this proposal before pursuing it and get your Academic Supervisor’s (AS) initial approval. Your AS will evaluate the training program to determine whether the experience qualifies as practical training or not. Hence, you should talk to your AS and the CASTO office prior arranging such training.
 
9.   Where can I do my training?
You can do your training locally, nationally or internationally!
CASTO targets organizations locally in the UAE, nationally in other Arab countries through the ACTSAU (Arab Council for the Training of Students of Arab Universities) and internationally through IAESTE (International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience).
 
10.   How is my practical training graded?
As a trainee you must complete and fax a weekly report (T3) to your Academic Supervisor (AS). In this report you should summarize the activities that you have performed during the week. The report must be signed by your Field Supervisor (FS). Also, at the end of the training period you must submit your evaluation of the training organization, Form (T5), which will be coupled with your FS’s evaluation of your performance, Form (T6), from which your grade will be determined.
For some students, at the end of the training period, they must submit a final report on the whole training experience, indicating their contribution to the training organization. Therefore, we advise you to consult your AS about how you will be graded for practical training.
 
11.   Am I required to do practical training to graduate?
Yes.  All students at UOS are required to undertake practical training as a part of their course work before graduation.
 
12.   What if for “unforeseen circumstances” I am not able to start my training on the assigned date?
Firstly, both your Academic Supervisor and Field Supervisor, along with CASTO, should be informed about these circumstances so that they may take the necessary steps on your behalf. A letter grade of ‘I’ will be assigned for your Practical Training Course until you complete and submit all required reports before the end of your training.
 
13.   Can I start my training ahead of the practical training official start date?
Yes, maximally one week prior to the practical training.
  
14.   Can I divide my practical training across two different training sites?
Yes, you can. To clarify, if you need to complete 6 weeks of training, then you are advised to complete 3 weeks at one training site and the rest at another site consecutively.
 
15.   I have received an acceptance letter from 2 different organizations. What shall I do?
In this case, you will have to choose one of them to be your official training organization. As for the other organization, you may view it as an opportunity to gain more experience but to be completed in your own time.
 
16.   Can I register in another academic course along with the Practical Training Course?
Students are NOT allowed to register for any academic courses along with the Practical Training Course. However, in some cases, the Dean’s written approval is needed.
 
17.   Can I cancel my training at anytime after submitting my application and getting the training organization’s formal acceptance?
No, unless you provide all of the necessary documentation to prove your inability to do the training.
 
18.   Am I supposed to wear a special work uniform during my training at the site?
You need to clarify this with your training organization.
 
19.   Do I get paid during training?
Not necessarily. The majority of training organizations do not provide any financial payment. However, some organizations do provide a monthly payment.
 
20.   Will I be able to use UOS transportation during practical training to reach my training organization site on a daily basis?
UOS transportation is ONLY provided for the students who live in UOS dormitories.
 
21.   Do I have to locate my own training opportunity?
Yes, obtaining training is the responsibility of the student. The CASTO office can help by providing information resources that you might need. The best advice is to begin looking for training at least 3 months prior to the practical training start date.
 
22.   How do I start looking for training opportunities?
To conduct an effective training search, you need to utilize as many resources and strategies as possible. The list of organizations on the CASTO webpage is one resource for locating a training opportunity. Other strategies include speaking to professors, networking with people you know to learn about potential opportunities, and identifying and contacting potential organization sites. If you need assistance in locating a training opportunity, please do not hesitate to meet with the training coordinator in your college.
 
23​.   Will CASTO meet with us before training?
Yes, a meeting is conducted at your college to shed light on the most important issues you should be aware of during your training and how to fill out CASTO forms and write reports.
  
IMPORTANT ADVICE:
Prepare yourself well for practical training, both mentally and technically. Practical training is NOT a vacation time! It is extremely enjoyable if you approach it right. You need to review your notes to refresh yourself on the training organization before joining it so that you may get the most out of your practical training experience.