1. What is the Practical Training Course at UOS
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
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
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
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.
An Internal Practical Training course is offered over one complete semester
and the External Practical Training course is offered in six weeks during the
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.
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.
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 &
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
21. Do I have to locate my own training
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
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.
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.