Curricular and Course-based Opportunities

Curricular experiential learning opportunities are for-credit experiences that are offered through the University of Guelph's academic colleges. There are currently eight types of curricular experiential learning at the University of Guelph, approved by Senate in June 2020.

Contact your Faculty Advisor or Program Counsellor to find out more about Experiential Learning course opportunities in your academic program.

Experiential Learning Courses by Type

A program comprised of a required number of curated courses that promote specialized knowledge acquisition and skill development through hands-on experience and classroom learning, undertaken alongside a degree.

  • The Certificate in Leadership provides you with the opportunity to develop an historical and theoretical understanding of leadership with emphasis on contemporary theories, models and research through 2.50 credits of coursework and 120 hours of leadership practice.

A program that integrates academic with paid workplace learning and skill development in a relevant field, through alternating work and study terms. Students receive a Co-operative Education Certificate upon completion.

A course that intentionally integrates activities such as structured projects, laboratory work, design, simulations, performances, competitive practice, live or field case studies, or entrepreneurship to enable students to display their academic learning and skill development.

The following courses are always offered as experiential learning, regardless of instructor.

The following courses are sometimes offered as experiential learning, depending on instructor. Check with the offering department before registering.

A course that prepares students for professional work through first-hand investigation and analysis in a field location, led by faculty, for part of or the full duration of a semester.

The following courses are always offered as experiential learning, regardless of instructor.

The following courses are sometimes offered as experiential learning, depending on instructor. Check with the offering department before registering.

Research conducted by a student under faculty guidance in a workplace/simulated workplace environment which may be in an academic, industry, or community setting. Students engage in systematic investigation and research in their field and are evaluated by faculty supervisors or staff.

The following courses are always offered as experiential learning, regardless of instructor.

The following courses are sometimes offered as experiential learning, depending on instructor. Check with the offering department before registering.

Intersperses one or two work terms (typically full-time hours) as an elective or core course in an academic program, where work terms provide experience in a workplace setting related to the student’s field of study and/or career goals.

Experiential Learning Courses by Interest

Experience Profiles

  • Bayli graduated from the University of Guelph with a degree in accounting. While she was here she engaged in multiple applied research projects, and worked as a teaching assistant, which helped her make important connections with people across campus.