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. However, practical training is done in the final year (i.e. senior status is required).
4. is the GPA important?
Yes, As per the University Training guidelines the student must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 (not under probation). It is extremely important that students maintain a good GPA since all training organizations prefer training students who hold a high GPA. An important point to keep in mind is 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. However, in other colleges practical training is required but receives no credit. For further information, 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 120 practical training hours at the training site in a period of 4 weeks minimum & 6 weeks maximum.
· 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.
* The duration depends on the training schedule set by the college
· College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Certain majors are required to complete 120 practical training hours at the training site in a period of 4 weeks minimum & 6 weeks maximum.
· College of Sciences
Students are required to complete 180 practical training hours at the training site in a period of 6 weeks minimum & 8 weeks maximum
· College of Engineering
Students are required to complete 240 practical training hours at the training site in a period of 6 weeks minimum & 8 weeks maximum
· College of Business Administration & Communication
Students are required to complete 120 practical training hours at the training site in a period of 4 weeks minimum & 6 weeks maximum
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 initial approval. Your Academic Supervisor will evaluate the training program to determine whether the experience qualifies as practical training or not. Hence, you should talk to your Academic Supervisor and 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. What is the grading criteria for my practical training?
As a trainee you MUST:
1) Submit your acceptance letter on Taskstream
2) Submit your Guardians Approval Letter (Female students only)
3) Submit all you weekly reports with the site supervisor verification form attached (must be signed)
4) Submit both the students' evaluation of training site and site supervisor evaluation of intern.
5) Submit your final report.
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?
First, both your Academic and Site Supervisor Along with CASTO must be informed about these circumstances. The decision will vary based on your case.
13. Can I start my training ahead of the practical training official start date?
Yes, by a maximum of one week earlier or one week later than the official date.
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 finished 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. Unless they are graduating in the same semester. Rules vary between Summer and Fall or Spring. Please consult CASTO for more information on this matter.
17. Can I cancel my training at any time 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 or your site supervisor.
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.
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.