Experiential Learning at the University of Toronto

Welcome to the Experiential Learning Hub for students at the University of Toronto. Here, you’ll find everything you need to apply your knowledge and learn from your experiences.

But first of all, what is Experiential Learning?

Experiential learning means learning from experience or learning by doing. Experiential learning allows you to learn new skills, understand workplace practices, acquire new knowledge, and explore how your academic experiences can help you contribute to the broader community and society. Through reflecting on these experiences, you will be able to perceive changes in your thinking or attitudes, articulate what you have learned, and position yourself for future opportunities.


“We have so much to contribute, so much more we can accomplish together, to help reimagine the world – as a world of equality and justice, health and prosperity, wisdom and wonder.”

President, Meric Gertler

Experiential Learning: Your Education in Action

Community engagement: Experiential learning offers you opportunities to interact with a range of stakeholders beyond the University, to learn through experience, and understand how classroom ideas take shape in practical settings.

Disciplinary outcomes: Experiential learning supports the knowledge and competencies that you develop through your studies at the University of Toronto.

Competency development: Experiential learning supports you in developing general competencies through the integration of disciplinary outcomes with community engagement. Reflective activities help make this learning explicit.

Experiential Learning Examples