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Fact Fridays – Episode 12: Experiential Learning at U of G

Posted: Friday, March 2, 2018 - 08:41

We believe there is no single way to learn and not everything can be taught in a classroom. This is why U of G offers MANY experiential learning opportunities for you to apply your classroom knowledge, network within your industry, and be prepared to work in your field after graduation.

Today we’re breaking down the many experiential learning prospects offered here at U of G.

Fact #1: We offer Co-operative Education

Not only are co-ops a great way to gain work experience, they also introduce you to others in your industry and allow you to build your professional network.

Not sure if an industry is right for you? Completing a co-op placement can be a great way to see if you can picture yourself working in that field after graduation. If you try something that isn’t right for you, choose to do your next placement somewhere that may be a better fit.

At U of G, each co-op student will have exceptional support from co-op coordinators, advisors, peer helper students and a student advisory committee!

Fact #2: Learn Internationally

Did you know that you have the option to study almost anywhere in the world WHILE gaining credits to your degree?

U of G offers:

  • 78 exchange programs
  • 6 different semester abroad opportunities
  • International co-op work terms
  • International research opportunities
  • Courses with international field trips

We believe the entire planet is your classroom, so if you’ve always wanted to see the world, take advantage of these opportunities Future Gryphons!

Fact #3: Internships, Practicums and Placements – we’ve got ‘em all

Some of our programs require students to complete an internship, practicum or placement – more great ways to gain industry experience and apply what you are learning in class to the real world.

Programs offering Practicums and Placements:

Programs offering Internships:

Fact #4: Learn outside the classroom in Field Courses

This is where you put classroom theories into practice; often in a natural setting. These courses typically involve collecting data using methods learned in class.

Select programs offer field courses including:

Fact #5: Design solutions to real life problems

In the Engineering and Computing programs, students have the chance to complete design projects where classroom lessons are put to the test.

Engineering at U of G is very design based, meaning many of the courses offered involve designing a solution to a problem.

Computing students will get the chance to compete in a 24 hour Hackathon where they are challenged to develop software solutions to contribute to a global issue.

Both programs give students the opportunity to work individually and collaboratively and engage in some friendly competition – sometimes with prizes up for grabs!

Fact #6: Top off your degree with Capstone Courses

These are typically completed during your final year. Most capstone courses involve long-term projects encouraging critical thinking and problem solving. These projects are meant to help you apply what you’ve learned throughout your degree and develop important skills like communication, planning and teamwork.

The skills you learn in a capstone course will help you succeed in the workplace, in grad school and life in general. Think of these courses as the cherry on top of your degree – not mandatory, but they make your experience a little sweeter.

Fact #7: We offer additional experiential learning opportunities

At the U of G, we view experiential learning as anything that enriches your undergraduate education. This includes anything from volunteering to work-study jobs to continuing your education through grad studies.

Learn how else you can Improve Life at U of G by checking out these opportunities:

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