Practical Training

Practical training is an essential part of bachelor's degrees in universities of applied sciences. It is especially important in the processes of professional growth and growth of expertise. Practical training enables connection of theory and practice.


The extent of practical training varies in different degree programmes from 30 to 120 credits in periods of varying lengths. The practical training is target-oriented and supervised learning.

Practical training is mainly completed in genuine working life environments in Finland or abroad. It can also be completed in research and development projects of TAMK. Practical training completed abroad has to fulfil the Finnish educational requirements.


The aim of the practical training is to familiarise students under supervised conditions with practical duties of major importance in relation to their professional studies and application of knowledge and skills in working life, and to develop their professional competence. Objectives and tasks are defined for each practical training period.

Students formulate their own personal objectives for practical training periods after discussing them first with the supervising teacher and the supervisor in the practical training place. The supervising teacher is responsible for the supervision of the student's or student group's practical training and is the contact person between the university of applied sciences and the work place. (S)he is also in charge of the evaluation of the practical training. The practical training supervisor is the student's supervisor in the practical training place.


A practical training contract (NB! Change the language at the bottom of the page) is made between Tampere University of Applied Sciences, the student and the practical training place. If it is a question of paid practical training, an employment contract is also concluded for the practical training period. In the field of health care and social services, training places are mainly based on agreements between TAMK and the training place. The director of the School of Health Care and Social Services is in charge of the agreements (individual students do not conclude agreements). During unpaid practical training, TAMK takes care of the accident insurance (for further information see the study guide section on insurance cover).


Should the training take place outside Finland (even through a Finnish employer) students must follow the guidelines for trainee exchange end use the forms for that purpose.


Practical training places are provided through the employment and information service Y-makers. Social and health care training places can be found in the Jobiili system. Students mainly acquire their practical training places by themselves. More about Finding places and documents at TAMKrekry's page


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