Student Success Centre

Experiential Learning

Experiential Learning: Get work experience. Volunteer. Go abroad. Engage with the community.

What is Experiential Learning @ Western?

As a complement to undergraduate and graduate students’ classroom learning, experiential learning activities – such as internships, co-op, community engaged learning and job shadow – ask students to apply theoretical knowledge in real-world environments. These opportunities require students to step outside the university and consider how community, industry and/or field experience might influence their academic learning and personal development.

Learn more about our programs

Community Engaged Learning

Undergraduate and graduate students collaborate with non-profit organizations on projects or placements that are directly linked to course content and contribute meaningfully to community outcomes. Community Engaged Learning programs include Western Serves, CEL Curricular Courses, and more!

Work Integrated Learning

Undergraduate and graduate students complete paid or un-paid, degree-related, credit-bearing work placements in a variety of industries. Work Integrated Learning programs include Internships and Co-ops, Job Shadow and more.

Global Experience

Undergraduate and graduate students participate in international learning activities that help them understand global issues, develop intercultural competencies, and prepare them for employment in an increasingly diverse workforce. Learn more.

Western’s Co-Curricular Record

Western's Co-Curricular Record is a document that helps undergraduate and graduate students showcase their engagement in outside of the classroom activities. Learn more.

Why is Experiential Learning important to Western?