The purpose of the studies at universities of applied sciences is to integrate the worlds of work and profession into students educational career. Lectures by representatives of the working world, Project Studies, visits to companies and organisations as well as seminars and theses related to various aspects in the working world are ways in which studies are brought closer to the working world. Practical training provides students with a concrete experience of what working in their chosen profession is like. Depending on the degree programme, the practical training takes place during the course of one spring or autumn semester or during several shorter periods during the academic year.
The UAS practical training is a systematic and supervised period of study where students work in real work environments. During their practical training, students learn about work procedures and environments as well as professional and customer relations with the help of their supervisor. Oftentimes, the practical training is linked to students' final thesis, and it may be a way of finding one's first field-related job.
Students are usually responsible for finding their practical training placement with the help of their supervisor. Students studying in the field of health care and social welfare and agriculture are an exception; these schools mediate placements for students. The supervisors in all field of study assist students in choosing a placement that corresponds to their field of education and interests. Practical training is a significant part of students' studies. Students are encouraged to be active in planning and choosing the placement that best suits them. Additional information about practical training is available from the teachers involved and the coordinators for the degree programmes.