There are various ways to access experiential learning at the University of Toronto. While there are many resources and offices on-campus to help you navigate this landscape, you will need to be self-directed in locating and assessing the array of experiential learning opportunities to find programs, courses, and / or initiatives that align with your academic, professional, and personal goals and that fit with your schedule.
Below, you will find an overview of how to begin your process of discovery. These are general resources and offices that can help point you in the right direction.We also recommend reviewing the Types of Experiential Learning Opportunities page as an important step in identifying the right Experiential Learning opportunities for you.
Locating Co-Curricular Experiential Opportunities
The Career & Co-Curricular Learning Network (CLNx) provides a portal to connect you with various types of Experiential Learning opportunities. The Co-curricular Record is a database of co-curricular experiential learning activities that allows you to search for opportunities beyond the classroom and keep track of your accomplishments. The Work Study program offers current undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to work on-campus for faculty members and staff.
Locating Experiential Learning Courses
Courses that incorporate experiential learning exist across the University. Research your academic program of study online and check with your academic unit or registrar’s office to discuss the best way to locate these opportunities. University of Toronto Mississauga has a system for tagging courses that incorporate Experiential Learning. The Centre for Community Partnerships provides a list of Community-Engaged courses with which they are affiliated.
Locating Entrepreneurial Opportunities
An entrepreneurial experience can help guide you through the process of starting your own company, connect you with industry mentors, and introduce you to other entrepreneurial thinkers. Discover the various entrepreneurship programs (incubators/accelerators) at the University of Toronto and review a full list of courses that empower aspiring entrepreneurs the university’s entrepreneurship website. You can also sign up for the Entrepreneurship e-newsletter for updates about all things entrepreneurship at the University.
Locating International Opportunities
A learning abroad experience gives you the opportunity to connect and work with other students, professionals, and professors from diverse cultural backgrounds and can help you to develop global fluency. Discover the many ways to study, research, and gain practical experience abroad on the Learning Abroad website.
Locating Research Opportunities
Participating in research can provide insight into how research is conducted both inside and outside academia. You will contribute to the creation of knowledge while enhancing your critical and analytical skills and deepening your understanding of a subject area. The Research Catalogue profiles potential research opportunities available to students. The Research and Innovation website offers a database of non-course-based research opportunities at the University of Toronto.
Still not sure where to start?
Some undergraduate academic programs have developed resources and tools that can provide a good starting point when you’re trying to understand how best to navigate your degree and when you might want to access experiential learning opportunities. Check out Career Navigator, a tool for St. George Arts & Science students; Program Plans, developed for students on the Mississauga campus; or Scarborough’s Explore your Program Options.
Locating Options Available at the Local Level
Given the many forms that experiential learning takes, you may want to connect with your local office (campus, faculty, college or academic unit) to understand your options. Below we have provided a list of local offices to help you with your search: