Watch undergraduate students conducting research at the Koffler Scientific Reserve north of Toronto.
Learn by Doing
In experiential learning, students apply academic concepts to real-world projects and challenges, either within or outside the classroom — from excavating bones in Peru, to interning at a local tech company, to testing water for microplastics.
- Engages you in a practical and authentic experience
- Counts towards academic credit in many cases
- Helps you achieve your academic goals
- Enables you to engage in experiences that are accessible and inclusive by design
- Helps you build professional skills and connections
There are many ways for A&S students to engage in experiential learning. Find the opportunity that's right for you by exploring the options below.
Frequently Asked Questions About Experiential Learning
It depends. While many experiential learning opportunities are free to participate in, others have a cost.
Financial support is available for many international opportunities; some are almost fully funded through the Faculty of Arts & Science. If transportation, childcare or other costs pose a barrier to participating in your experiential learning opportunity, you may be able to request funding support through your College Registrar’s Office to help offset your expenses.
Not necessarily. Often faculty are seeking students who exhibit strong interest, curiosity and commitment more so than students with previous research experience.
Yes. Experiential learning can be highly energizing and can be more demanding of your time, as you may be learning how to integrate into a new organization, communicate professionally and adapt to new situations. However, in doing so, you will gain valuable skills, such as time management, teamwork and communication skills that will help you in your future career.
If you have questions, contact the Experiential Learning & Outreach Support (ELOS) office at firstname.lastname@example.org.