What is Experiential Learning?

What is Experiential Learning?

Experiential learning is an engaged learning process whereby students "learn by doing" and by reflecting on the experience. Experiential learning activities can include, but are not limited to, hands-on laboratory experiments, internships, practicums, field exercises, study abroad, undergraduate research and studio performances.

Study Abroad

Environmental Sciences students are strongly encouraged to seek a Study Abroad experience because of the value gained in understanding and addressing global environmental issues. Study Abroad programs are most valuable when taken in the junior or senior year of study. Courses taken during a Study Abroad program can been used to satisfy degree requirements when approved by the Academic Coordinator.

To start planning a Study Abroad program, first visit the University of Iowa's Discover Study Abroad page to find out more about how study abroad programs at the UI work. The University's Studies Abroad Program - Environmental Sciences website has specific information about programs relevant to the Environmental Sciences program. The most successful experiences are typically planned 6-10 months in advance.

University Resources

The University of Iowa provides general information concerning research, internships, studying abroad and experiential learning. For more information about these learning opportunities, please visit the following links:

Undergraduate Researchhttps://research.uiowa.edu/researchers/student-research/undergraduate-student-research
Internships: https://careers.uiowa.edu/students/finding-internship 
Study Abroad: https://international.uiowa.edu/study-abroad 
Experiential Learning: https://careers.uiowa.edu/students/career-communities
Engaged Learning: https://engagement.uiowa.edu/students