Experiential Learning

Make the most of your degree by participating in opportunities that apply classroom knowledge to the real-world.

Centre for Community Engaged Learning

The Centre for Community Engaged Learning (CBEL) collaborates with students, staff, faculty and community partners to work through complex community-based issues, both locally and internationally.

Their programs place students in community settings (non-profits and inner-city schools) either as a required part of an academic course or through voluntary co-curricular placements like Trek and Reading Week for a hands-on, immersive experience.

International Service Learning

Contribute towards important projects led by community partners around the world. International Service Learning (ISL) challenges participants to apply their discipline to real-world issues while aiming to make a positive impact in solidarity with their host organization.

You can participate in a variety of different programs with International Service Learning, including:

  • Reading week placements: an introductory experience for students who seek to explore service-learning. Over the course of the week, students will be introduced by the community partners to some of the most significant issues facing development.
  • Course-based placements: during course-based placements, students are partnered with community organizations abroad for twelve weeks. They spend this time working with their community partner to support the organization's mandate and address broader social change facets. Combining these placements with courses such as history, economics, sociology, or psychology allows students to earn course credit in a unique learning environment that fosters applying and critiquing theory to practice.
  • Co-curricular placements: students can apply directly to partner with a particular community on a focused issue for twelve weeks during co-curricular placements. Potential areas of focus may relate to sustainability, literacy, education, micro-finance and more. Students will assist their community partners in implementing projects that produce positive change.

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