Experiential learning is the development of knowledge, skills, abilities, values, behaviors and attitudes through first-hand experiences outside of the traditional classroom. Experiential learning involves learning through doing, but more importantly “learning through reflection on doing” and can involve an array of hands-on activities and experiences. Students who participate in experiential learning develop critical thinking and problem solving skills and are much better prepared for the workforce or advanced study after graduation.
Check out the opportunities below from our different campus partners on experiential learning activities.
The Bob Graham Center was established in 2006 with the goal of creating a community of students, scholars, and citizens who share a commitment to revitalizing the civic culture of Florida and the nation. Former Governor and U. S. Senator Bob Graham founded the Center as a place where students acquire the skills and knowledge to become informed citizens, with the expressed purpose of strengthening the nation’s democratic institutions. Located in the middle of campus in Pugh Hall, the Center stands at the cornerstone of the University’s academic, intellectual and civic life.
The mission of the Career Center is to educate University of Florida students to advance their career goals in a global community by engaging them in career planning and employment opportunities.
The Center for Undergraduate Research exists to connect UF students and researchers in ways that go beyond traditional classroom settings. Scholarly work mentored by research faculty is a form of active learning that fosters critical and independent thinking, creativity, and understanding of the research process, and it hones analysis, problem-solving, and communication skills. The Center for Undergraduate Research is committed to fostering a culture of research that encourages all students to include a research component as a critical part of their undergraduate experience.
The mission of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences is to deliver unsurpassed educational programs that prepare students to address the world's critical challenges related to agriculture, food systems, human wellbeing, natural resources and sustainable communities.
The College of the Arts fosters creative activity, scholarly and artistic excellence and innovation across disciplines. We achieve the university’s mission by training professionals and educating students as artists and scholars, while developing their critical thinking and inspiring a culture of curiosity and imagination.
With an innovative educational program, the College of Dentistry is committed to cultural diversity, discovery, the transfer of scientific knowledge and the highest degree of service, clinical excellence and patient care.
The mission of the College of Design Construction and Planning is to improve the quality of the built and natural environments through offering exceptional educational and professional programs and research/scholarship initiatives that address the planning, design, construction, and preservation of the built and natural environments.
The mission of the College of Education is to prepare exemplary practitioners and scholars; to generate, use and disseminate knowledge about teaching, learning and human development; and to collaborate with others to solve critical educational and human problems in a diverse global community.
The College of Health & Human Performance's mission is to collaborate as an academic community to enrich lives, influence healthy living, and enhance human performance.
Experential Learning Courses:
The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications (CJC) is committed to a diverse and inclusive environment, preeminent scholarship, cross-disciplinary education, superior skills development, and collaboration spanning the science and practice of communication to produce significant societal impact on a local, state, and global scale.
Experiential Learning Courses
ADV 4910 Advertising Undergraduate Research
ADV 4940 Advertising Internship
ADV 4941 Advanced Advertising Internship
JOU 4201 News Center Practicum
JOU 4202 Advanced News Center Practicum
JOU 4905 Individual Problems
JOU 4910 Journalism Undergrad Research
JOU 4950 Applied Journalism
PUR 4800 Public Relations Campaign
PUR 4905 Individual Problems
PUR 4912 Public Relations Undergraduate Research
PUR 4940 Public Relations Internship
RTV 3945 Electronic Media Practicum
RTV 4905 Individual Projects in Telecommunication
RTV 4910 Telecommunication Undergraduate Research
RTV 4940 Telecommunication Internship
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences constitutes the intellectual core of the university. Its principal mission is to lead the academic quest to understand our place in the universe, and to help shape our society and environment. The College pledges to ensure equitable access for all of its constituencies present, drawing strength from our rich heritage of racial, ethnic and gender diversity. Through teaching, research and service, the College continually expands our knowledge and practice in the most fundamental questions in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural and mathematical sciences.
Experential Learning Courses:
AFS 4905: Individual Work
AFS 4911 Undergraduate Research in African Studies
The College of Medicine strives to improve health care in Florida, our nation, and the world through excellence and consistently superior leadership in education, clinical care, discovery, and service.
The Field & Fork Program seeks to provide students, faculty, staff and visitors with the opportunity to engage in a community of collaboration and experiential learning about sustainable agriculture and food systems.
The Field & Fork Program is a campus-wide resource where individuals can take courses, engage with demonstrations and participate in activities that focus on sustainable agriculture and food systems. From a home or community garden to an urban farm or large scale production, our Program has resources to explore production at multiple scales. With our on-campus Alan and Cathy Hitchcock Pantry and community partnerships, we can explore every aspect of food from food security and processing, to consumption and nutrition.
The Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering fosters and provides world-class programs in engineering education, and service to enhance the economic and social well-being of the citizens of Florida, the nation and the world.
HOUSING & RESIDENCE EDUCATION PROVIDES STUDENTS A HOME IN THE HEART OF THE GATOR NATION.
Our award-winning facilities and programs supports student development and builds community to enhance the university's academic mission. We provide a full-service living experience for our 7,600+ residence hall students and 1,900+ Graduate and Family Housing village residents. This includes in-house maintenance and IT operations to provide the highest quality support for students.
To provide well-maintained, inclusive, community-oriented facilities where residents and staff are empowered to learn, innovate, and succeed.
The University of Florida is proud to be a leader in fostering international understanding, and in developing the networks of students and scholars who collectively work to build a brighter future for the world. And the UF International Center’s (UFIC) mission is to serve and support the entire UF community in this effort since 1991.
UFIC staff administer the programs that made possible over 6,600 international students on campus or pursuing practical training this past year, that sent almost 2,200 UF students to study abroad, that manage hundreds of collaborative agreements with partner institutions across the world, and that support thousands of international trips for research, teaching and collaboration.
The UF International Center also works with units and colleagues across the university to help encourage and support our faculty’s international research engagements. As unique institutions dedicated to the development of human ingenuity and talent, universities are central to this effort, and the University of Florida is committed to becoming a global leader among them.
The Leader/Scholar Program (LSP) is designed to address the specific needs and interests of first-year students entering the University. Laying a foundation for success, it offers academic, leadership, and career programs and seminars beneficial for personal and community development. The program encourages students to get out of their rooms and become active members of campus. In order to make the most of their time at UF, students in this small, diverse, supportive community are introduced to many of campus’ untapped and underutilized resources and opportunities. By taking advantage of these opportunities, residents will gain an edge on their college careers over other students. Residents can also earn LSP credits toward a Leader/Scholar Certification at the end of the year. However, it is not the piece of paper that matters in the end, but the different experiences needed to earn the certificate that truly benefit the student as they begin their journey as a leader and scholar at the University of Florida.
The mission of the University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law is to achieve excellence in educating professionals, advancing legal scholarship, serving the public and fostering justice. We aspire to prepare lawyers to serve their clients, the justice system and the public with a high level of accomplishment and a commitment to the highest ideals of the legal profession. We strive to provide students with a well-rounded legal education. Our curriculum is designed to teach students about the law and to help them develop the skills necessary to use that knowledge in practice. Our goal is for our graduates to possess the core competencies essential to embark on the practice of law. These core competencies include:
Legal Analysis (including knowledge of laws and rules, the ability to apply laws and rules to different factual settings and the ability to engage in legal argumentation);
Legal Research and Writing (including the ability to conduct independent legal research and produce legal writings of professional quality);
Fundamentals of Client Services (including interviewing and counseling skills);
Fundamentals of Dispute Processing and Legal Problem Solving (including litigation, settlement and transactions); and
Fundamentals of Professional Responsibility and Identity (including knowledge of the shared values of the legal profession and ethical problem solving, the skills to create a professional identity and the skills to work with people from diverse backgrounds).
Semester in Practice Program - UF Law students may also choose to take part in the Semester in Practice program – allowing them to earn course credit while working in the city of their choice.
Samuel Proctor Oral History Program's mission is to gather, preserve, and promote living histories of individuals from all walks of life.
Oral history puts students in direct dialog with individuals and groups who have changed the world. The Samuel Proctor Oral History Program teaches students, independent scholars, and community organizations how to bring history to life. Oral history is an interdisciplinary methodology that draws on ethnography, literature, social theory, and memory studies—among other academic fields. SPOHP emphasizes rigorous collaborative research, civic engagement, digital technology, and other techniques that make history accessible, democratic and fun. SPOHP engages students, scholars, and local communities throughout the world in gathering, preserving, and promoting living history through academic publications, public programs, electronic media and other forums in order to document the human condition.
SPOHP also teaches the craft and intellectual traditions of oral history through university seminars as well as through community-based workshops. In addition, SPOHP consults on an ongoing basis with local historians, civic leaders, and educators in Florida and beyond who are interested in initiating oral history projects in their towns and municipalities. SPOHP is committed to engaging in the scholarly and educational life of the University of Florida and our state, as well as the broader world through public history programs, academic conferences, and scholarly collaborations.
In the Gainesville community and surrounding counties, SPOHP maintains local partnerships with social justice groups, collaborating with churches like Holy Trinity Episcopal Church and organizations like Gainesville Veterans for Peace. The Civic Media Center, a community activism center and library for alternative and non-corporate publications in Gainesville, regularly sponsors and hosts events for SPOHP, and Gainesville’s progressive newspaper, The Gainesville Iguana, features oral history interviews both online and in their print editions. Volunteers and interviewees also partner with the A. Quinn Jones Museum and Matheson Museum. The Waldo Historical Society is launching their local oral history project with SPOHP support, and is collaborating on a documentary about the Santa Fe Canal.
The Veterans History Project networks with organizations around Florida to collect interviews with military veterans, including the Matheson Museum, Alachua County Detention Center/Alachua County Library Branch, Orlando Honor Flight, Iwo Trio Veterans, Normandy Veterans, Library of Congress, and Outpost Coffee for Veterans.
Through creating influential research and educating tomorrow's business leaders, the Warrington College of Business Administration aims to build a better society through better business.