Practical Training in the Degree Programme in International Business
The aim of practical to training is to provide an opportunity for students to get to know the most important tasks of the their field of study under supervision and to apply their knowledge and skills in working life.
The aim of the practical training period is to support
- development of knowledge
- the development of practical skills required at work
- the development of personal skills.
From an employer’s point of view, practical training provides an excellent basis for future recruitment activities. The trainee will also bring new opinions and knowledge to the work place and will also help to spread the workload.
Timing of the Practical Training Period
Practical training can be accommplished as follows:
- Spring semester of the 3rd study year / 150 cr completed
- Autumn semester of the 4th study year / 180 cr completed
- During two summer holidays / 55 cr completed
The practical training period should be well planned to ensure the appropriate progress of your studies. Try to arrange the timing of the practical training so that you will not miss half periods because it's not possible to come back for studies in the middle of a course.
Length of Practical Training
Practical training forms a part of all University of Applied Sciences degrees. It is a study period or course amongst other courses so previous work experience is not considered a valid reason for not completing the training period and cannot be accredited. Naturally, previous work experience and summer jobs provide valuable work experience in themselves, but they are considered separately and are not included in university of applied sciences degree qualification.
The practical training is worth 30 credits, which means 800 hours worth of a student's work. In practice it means that the length of the practical training period depends on the amount of working hours per week and it lasts a minimum of 20 weeks. If the weekly working hours are from 37.5 to 40 hours, the length of the practical training period is 100 working days. If the weekly working hours are less or the practical training period includes holidays, practical training should include a minimum of 750 working hours.
Practical training must be a full time work/studying for student. Part-time working/studying can be accepted only for specific reasons and accepted by the practical training coordinator.
The Practical Training Place and Work Duties
Practical training can be accomplished either at home or abroad in a working environment relevant to the field of studies. Practical training can take place in companies, public organisations or other suitable organisations such as clubs and associations.
Trainees have the right to expect a variety of work duties that support their degree programme studies. The training period should become more challenging and demanding as it progresses. The practical training period should also support the needs of employers.
It is natural and recommended that trainees follow-up their practical training period by basing their thesis on the developmental needs of the practical training organisation.
Practical training is always supervised. Practical training supervision is part of the university’s student supervision process that is ongoing for all students during the whole of their studies at Kajaani University of Applied Sciences. The aim of practical training supervision is to advance and support students’ learning and professional development.