Last update: October 12, 2023

The impact it can have on career development and the student experience is proven. Experiential learning doesn't just benefit students –  there are many more reasons to consider embedding experiential learning strategies into your curriculum.

Why experiential learning?

Further your teaching practice and showcase educational leadership and innovation

Creating experiential learning opportunities for your students is easier than you think. There are teams of professionals on campus who can help. Here are a few ways to make it happen:

  • Go international by teaching a Global Seminar course with the help of Go Global. This program allows you to teach a UBC course internationally with a small group of UBC students. Each course is unique in location and length – to date, 30 seminars have been held in 26 different countries. Learn more.
  • Get funding to support rural and remote learning experiences within a course. The Remote Community Based Learning Fund enables students to apply discipline-specific skills and knowledge by working in partnership with organizations based in remote communities to address complex community challenges. 

Support your research

Access funding, build relationships with colleagues and potential grad students, and support students in pursuing research. Here are some ways that experiential learning programs can support your research:

  • The Work Learn Program supports and subsidizes meaningful work experiences for students on campus. As faculty, you're eligible to hire students at pay rates that are subsidized by the university. These positions can be research-focused, and are open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Learn more.
  • Access international talent with Research Abroad and Visiting International Research PathwaysGo Global develops opportunities within UBC's international university partnership network for research-focused or workplace-based student exchange.

Demonstrate disciplinary relevance

Help your students connect their experiences with your curriculum and show the value of your discipline in an applied context. Here are some examples:

  • Implementing flexible learning strategies to restructure class time, allowing for deeper learning outside of the classroom. By working with the Centre for Community Engaged Learning, UBC Biology instructors integrated a community-based experiential learning module into the curriculum of a section of a first-year lecture-based course, helping students see the connection between curriculum and career. Learn more.
  • Connecting faculty with superintendents from rural and remote School districts. By brokering partnerships between the university and community, the Centre for Community Engaged Learning helps faculty meet and form collaborations with community partners. 

Get in touch

We're here to assist you in implementing experiential learning strategies.

UBC Career Centre

The UBC Career Centre is a hub that connects students to experiences, resources, and people that will help them achieve their personal and career goals.

Centre for Student Development and Leadership

The Centre provides a wide range of programming and services supporting student involvement and leadership.

Centre for Community Engaged Learning

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

Go Global

Go Global helps students venture out into the world to meet people, build skills, and gain perspective through partnerships with over 200 universities and institutions worldwide.