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Introduction to Experience-based Education Program at Higher Colleges of Technology

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Experience-Based Education (EBE) @ hct

Experience-Based Education offers academic study with alternating work experience where 30% of the curriculum should include related, structured and paid employment. 


What is Experience-Based Education (EbE)?

Why Enroll in a EbE Program?

 - Experience-Based  Education can be an ideal source of manpower for employers in their Emiratization efforts to source and find quality national employees.


- A means of evaluating future employees in the workplace to ensure they are a good fit -“Try it before you buy” concept .


- It can assist companies to fill temporary human resource needs and have access to a year-round supply of highly motivated students.

Benefits of EbE  Employers

Step 1. Review EbE presentation and get a general understanding of EbE Program.
Step 2. Attend an orientation session and register at the program.

Step 3. Identify EbE opportunities at their organization and post them to the EbE website.


Step 4. In conjunction with the EbE office, shortlist candidates, interview candidates, and select the most qualified ones.


Step 5. Assign a mentor to EbE student who can monitor and evaluate student.


How Employers Can be Involved in EbE?

- Students receive hands-on experience in their chosen field of study.

- By alternating work terms with study terms, students are able to put into practice the theoretical knowledge gained in the classroom. 

- It allows the student to develop skills, explore career options and network with potential employers.
- The graduates of Experience-based Education programs are more confident and productive and have better chance of employment upon graduation.

Benefits of EbE to Students


Student who completed their second year of their study and maintained a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher are eligible for the EbE program.


Step 1: Qualified students should post a signed copy of the EbE contract along with their CV to the EbE website.



Step 2: After the EbE Office approved student’s application, student can apply for the relevant advertised jobs on the website.




Step 3: Shortlisted students are required to attend and interview


How Students can Apply for EbE?


As one of the requirements for EbE is a program matrix that accommodates 30% work terms experience at workplace), a EbE students should take 50 weeks of work term (equivalent to three semesters ) prior to grauation.


A possible matrix can consist of three 6-week summer work terms plus an additional semester (semester 9).

When EbE Work Terms need to be taken?

EbE Education versus Work Term

Links to EbE Programs and Associations

EbE is being practiced in a number of prestige universities around the world  where the quality of EbE programs are being vetted by relevant accreditation bodies.

The University of Brititsh Columbia, Canada

The Accreditation Council in Cooperative Education

University of Waterloo, Canada

Frequenty Asked Questions - FAQ

Q: What is work term? Work term refers to work experience at the EbE program.

Q: What is the length of a work term EbE? A work term is either 6 weeks or 16 weeks where 6 weeks EbE is takes place during summer

Q: What is the total length co-op that I expected to complete before graduate? You are required to complete 50 weeks of work term in order to graduate from a EbE program.


Q: When do I can begin EbE ? You will begin after successfully completed first year and second year courses in your program. 


Q: What is the admission requirement for EbE Program? You should have completed all year one and two courses and have a cumulative average of 2.5 average or above. 


Q: Am I guaranteed a job?  No. But, remember the Office of EbE and Career Services does guarantee we will help you in any way we can with your search. By being flexible on your expectations and fully utilizing the resources available to you, you will become skilled in successfully conducting your job search.

Q: Do I receive credit for EbE? You will get academic credit but this is mainly depends on each department.  You will receive further information in your orientation session but can discuss it further  with the Chair of your Program.

Q: Do I get paid in my work terms? Yes, EbE is a paid work experience. 

Q: How much do I get paid? It is ultimately up to the employer, but they often base it upon comparable EbE salaries and a candidate's experience. There may be room for negotiation.

Q: What type of work qualifies for EbE? You should strive to be in a position that will give you hands-on experience that you have never had before. Jobs, which are listed by the Office of EbE and Career Services, are "approved" EbE positions. If you obtain a EbE position on your own and are not sure if it is acceptable, see your program coordinator, faculty advisor or department chair before accepting the job. Keep in mind that if the job meets the criteria it doesn't matter if a company calls the job an internship or temporary employment.

Q: Am I guaranteed a EbE job? The answer is no. You are not placed into a EbE position, but rather you apply and go through the same hiring process you will when you look for a job after graduation (which is great practice). 

The Office of EbE and Career Services do guarantee we will help you in any way we can with your search. By being flexible on your expectations and fully utilizing the resources available to you, you will become skilled in successfully conducting your job search.


Q: What if I don't get an EbE job? See your program coordinator as soon as you feel anxious about your EbE job search. We can evaluate your search, make suggestions, and provide additional service that will assist you in meeting your goal. As a last resort, if EbE is mandatory for your program, a discussion with your Program Chair  may be in order. Depending upon circumstances, it is possible that your co-op will be delayed .

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