Experiential Learning Profiles

Below are a sampling of some of the amazing experiential learning opportunities happening at the University of Toronto. You can browse through these profiles or filter based on experiential learning type or the home campus of the initiative.

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Engineering Strategies and Practice, ESP

Engineering Strategies and Practices (ESP) gives students the chance to use their engineering skills by working with clients to solve problems in their workplaces, communities, or organizations.

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Understanding the Role of Pharmacology & Toxicology in Society

In Pharmacology and Toxicology in Society (PCL389) students learn about the science and societal views of drugs and partner with a community-health partner serving front-line workers and clientele.

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iPRAKTIKUM is an experiential learning and internationalization initiative that helps students find impactful internships designed to promote global fluency and cultural competence and to deepen skills acquired in the classroom in work contexts. Placements are available at local schools and businesses in Toronto and Germany.

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Internship in the Arts and Visual Studies: VST410H5

The Internship in the Arts and Visual Studies (VST410H5) provides an excellent opportunity for students to gain practical work experience at an institution or business related to the arts and to visual studies.

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Service Delivery Improvement (SDI) Project

The SDI Project was a partner project with the Toronto East Quadrant Local Immigration Partnership (TEQLIP). Participants helped create a data warehouse platform that has collected, aggregated, and anonymized over 90,000 records.

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Job Shadowing Program

Students shadow professionals from fields in which they are interested. Students are offered a tour of the professional's workplace, have the opportunity to observe workplace culture and participate in hands-on learning to understand their own transferable skills.

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New Venture Program

The New Venture Program blends academics with mentorship and relevant experience. It is a rigorous co-curricular program that involves the completion of several modules, culminating in a series of ‘defenses’ of a student venture’s business plan.

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Imani Academic Mentorship Program

The Imani Academic Mentorship Program aims to increase representation of black students in post-secondary education through activities focusing on experiential and transformative learning, such as weekly high school visits to the University of Toronto Scarborough.

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Women and Gender Studies Practicum, WGS435

WGS435Y is a year-long community engaged learning course for advanced Women and Gender Studies students to combine theory and practice by participating in a part-time unpaid placement with an external community partner.

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Arts & Science Co-op

Currently representing 35 academic programs at UTSC, the Arts and Science Co-op program facilitates academically aligned paid 4, 8, or 12-month co-op work terms and empowers students through extensive preparation.

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Start-up Experience Program

The Start-up Experience Program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in paid micro-placements with early-stage start-up companies while developing transferable employment skills.

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Social Innovation Projects (SIPs)

Social Innovation Projects (SIPs), pair a team of student volunteers with a community organization over a 16-week period to utilize design thinking as a strategy to explore challenges the organizations face and to create achievable solutions.

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Professional Experience Year (PEY) Co-op

PEY is a 12-16 month co-op program where students work full-time for an employer after their second or third year. Students apply their education to industry challenges while making meaningful professional contributions.


Field Archaeology, NMC 261

Run in partnership with the Summer Abroad Program, NMC 261 allows students to participate in a six-week archaeological field school in the Republic of Georgia.

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Master of Science in Sustainability Management Program Co-op Program

MScSM students complete a co-op term in their field of interest midway through their degrees, enabling them to put their coursework to use, and to explore sustainability in a given sector before returning to studies.

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Jackman Scholars-in-Residence

SiR is an annual 4-week undergraduate residency in humanities and social science research. SiR seeks to foster students’ research abilities, create a multidisciplinary community of students and faculty, and pioneer a collaborative, team-based model of experiential learning.

Bachelor of Kinesiology In-Field Learning

Bachelor of Kinesiology In-Field Learning

In-field learning offers placement opportunities where students gain hands on experience working alongside leading edge practitioners in sought after locations across the GTA.

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Community Youth Mentorship Initiatives, Indigenous Spirit Journey

Students assist youth in experiential land-based activities aimed at fostering community leadership skills, an understanding for inter-cultural inclusion, and an understanding of individuals' roles in their communities.

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Work Study Program, Heritage Language Variation & Change in Toronto Project

Work study positions offered through the Heritage Language Variation and Change in Toronto (HLVC) Project provide research opportunities for students to design and conduct research projects in the field of linguistics.

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Health in Community

Health in Community is longitudinal curriculum for all medical students. Faculty members are paired with community agencies to deliver a challenging and immersive curriculum that includes in-class sessions, reflective assignments and community-based experiences.

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Environmental Research, ENV421

A capstone course for students in the School of the Environment, ENV421 connects students with local environmental non-governmental organizations to address pressing research questions.

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Music and Urban Engagement, EMU425

Students are mentored by professional community music teachers and assist in preparing and leading music making sessions with youth residing in detention centres, allowing them to explore music's role for youth in the justice system.

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Learning in Community Service, CITC02

Taught at the East Scarborough Storefront, CITC02 connects students with community partners. These partners determine key projects where students learn about community-based development and planning through first-hand experiences.

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Urban Communities and Neighbourhoods Case Study: East Scarborough, CITC01

CITC01, offered in partnership with a local non-profit organization, introduces students to the theory and practice of (youth-led) participatory action research with a strong emphasis on ethical and value-based research praxis.

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The Anthropology and Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island (North America), ANT241

ANT241's goal is to establish an Indigenous and settler alliance of solidarity that supports the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation's goals of truth and reconciliation.

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Alternative Reading Week

Alternative Reading Week (ARW) is a three-day initiative during winter reading week, for students to volunteer in teams to support the needs of different organizations.