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Center for Integrative and Experiential Learning

    Engaging Students Beyond the Classroom

    Experiential learning, sometimes referred to as learning by doing, enables students to apply their in-class learning to real-world situations. As students transfer their knowledge to settings outside the classroom, they apply their skills in new contexts to solve novel and complex problems. Ideally after engaging in experiential learning during their undergraduate experience, students can more easily make the transition from college to work and will be more engaged members of their communities.

    Beyond the Classroom Logistics Support

    The Center for Integrative and Experiential Learning is here to help you consider and plan ways to integrate experiential learning opportunities into your courses and curricula. Want to get your students out of the classroom and into the community? Starting Fall 2021 CIEL offers logistical support for any providers who are interested in planning or expanding a Beyond the Classroom engagement. This could include being connected with community partners, assistance with travel or ticketing, risk management and campus policy considerations, and more! Fill out this form to get started and our Experiential Learning Coordinator will follow up to establish a plan and timeline.

    My USC Experience

    We’re proud to announce the new My USC Experience database, which will house all Beyond the Classroom engagements and Experiential Learning Opportunities. This includes student organizations, service learning, leadership opportunities, internships, practicum projects, study abroad and much more. Please reach out to Deidra Pompey if you’d like to add an engagement or make changes to an existing one! If students are looking for a way to get connected and engaged, send them to the My USC Experience database


    Online Experiential Learning

    We encourage the continuance of current ELOs and the development of new proposals during semesters affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see recommendations for online adaptations or contact CIEL at to develop meaningful experiential learning opportunities in an online environment.

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