Experiential Learning

Experiential learning is a pedagogical approach grounded in the application of theoretical and academic knowledge in practical contexts and real-world settings and the intentional reflection on this practice.

Experiential Learning is one of the hallmarks of the UTSC approach to education. We strive to give students a head-start on their future by enhancing their academic studies with opportunities that connect them to the world-at-large. We provide various experiential learning opportunities in both curricular and co-curricular contexts.

We are the leaders in co-operative education at the University of Toronto. The rich experience gained during their work term allows UTSC co-op students to make unique contributions to their classes upon return to campus. We are unique in the tri-campus landscape of the University of Toronto in terms of our investment in supports for opportunities that take students off campus--this is particularly clear in intensive summer-session course offerings that allow returning students to keep up with their programs.Experiential learning is a pedagogical approach grounded in the application of theoretical and academic knowledge in practical contexts and real-world settings and the intentional reflection on this practice.

Upon graduation, UTSC students have earned a top-calibre, post-secondary degree that will take them wherever they want to go. But through additional educational experiences such as co-operative learning, research assistantships, internships, community volunteerism, and co-curricular participation in campus life, UTSC graduates will make that journey faster, with more skill, and a greater sense of confidence and purpose.

Experiential Learning opportunities are clustered in several focus areas, including Cooperative & Work-Integrated Learning, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Community Engaged Learning & Civic Engagement, Research, and International / Global Education.

Students working in TRACES lab
Student measuring liquid Chemistry Lab

Research

Advanced laboratory work or substantial research undertaken by students
Co-op students Queena Zeng and Christo Mohan at work

Cooperative & Work-Integrated Learning (WIL)

The formal and substantive integration of the students in a workplace setting
Snider Speaker Series Great Explorations Fall 2019

Community Engaged Learning & Civic Engagement

Academic coursework, institutional resources, and community engagement to address community challenges
Students working in Finance Lab

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Student-driven creation, organization, and management of a product development or business venture
Summer Abroad Prof Ahmed Allahwala

International & Global Education

Academic learning enriched through short- and longer-term international experiences