Experiential Learning in Business

Posted on Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

Experiential Learning (EL) is all about learning through action and reflection both inside and outside the classroom. Today we’re sharing the EL opportunities available to our Bachelor of Commerce (BComm or business) students here at U of G.

Course-Integrated EL

Courses that intentionally include activities like structured projects, lab work, design work, case studies or entrepreneurship can be considered course-integrated experiential learning. They allow you to apply your skills and display your academic learning to help prepare you for your future.

Most course-integrated EL courses in our commerce program are offered in third and fourth year and include Applied Business Project I & II, Theory of Strategic Management, Beverage Management, Introduction to Econometrics, Food Product Development I & II, Business Consulting, Property Management and many more! Check out the Experiential Learning Guide for a complete list.

Certificate Programs

Our Certificate in Leadership is one of two for-credit experiential learning certificates and focuses on new leadership models and practical applications for leadership skills in an organizational setting.

Our Certificate in Civic Engagement and Global Citizenship is the second for-credit EL certificate and aims to explore how the diversity of people in the world contribute to problems and solutions.

U of G offers several additional certificates for students who want to develop or upgrade skills in a specific area. They make a great addition to any degree program! Check out the Undergraduate Calendar for a complete list of available certificates.


Co-op is offered for all 8 of our BComm majors! That means that no matter what major interests you, you can gain work experience, learn transferrable skills and build your professional network in the co-op stream.

Visit recruitguelph.ca to learn more about co-op at U of G.

Professional Practice

Professional practice curses or programs will allow you to work under the guidance of a professional to gain relevant experience and skills. These opportunities include internships, externships and practicums.

The School of Hospitality, Food and Tourism Management offers courses in Restaurant Operations that allow you to gain foodservice management experience while placing a strong emphasis on teamwork. Visit our website for course descriptions and more details.

John F. Wood Centre for Business and Student Enterprise

This is the hub for student entrepreneurship on campus. The John F. Wood Centre offers several resources to enable our business students to become business leaders.

For example, the Hub Incubator Program offers BComm students the opportunity to receive support to grow a potential startup. Students can take a Business Consulting Course to get out of the classroom and work with real organizations in the community. The MakerSpace is available for student collaboration and exploration.

For a complete list of resources offered by the John F Wood Centre, as well as additional details, visit their website.

When it comes to learning through experience, there are absolutely TONS of options. We recommend checking out the Experiential Learning website to explore other potential opportunities and to read testimonials from current students on how EL has positively contributed to their university experience.

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