Experiential Learning in Computing

Posted on Monday, March 18th, 2019

Back in October we let you in on why you should study computing at U of G. If you missed that article you can still view it on our website.

Now we’re back to tell you all about the experiential learning (EL) opportunities that you can take part in as a Bachelor of Computing student at the University of Guelph.

Explore an Area of Application

The area of application is a unique component of our computing degree that allows you to study a secondary subject and learn to apply computing principles to that field of study.

For example, you could choose to study Biology as your area of application and explore the bioinformatics field. Or you could select Business Administration and work on developing business apps and analyze business systems.

There are over 40 different areas of application so you can truly choose anything that interests you!

Course Integrated EL

In upper years you can take courses with experiential learning built right into them! From System Analysis and Design in Applications, to our new Data Science course, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to display your learning and skill development in various design, engineering and programming courses.

Co-operative Education

Both of our computing majors are available in a co-op stream. Not only are co-op placements good for networking, skill development and gaining hands-on experience, they are a great way to try out different work environments and industries to get a feel for where you’d like to work in the future!

Historically, BComp students have completed co-ops with companies such as Amazon, Microsoft, Apple, Google and more!

Visit the Recruit Guelph website for more information on co-operative education at Guelph.


In addition to the for-credit EL examples listed above, there are a TON of extracurricular activities that will broaden your horizons in computing.

Several student organizations exist to support and provide resources to computing students including the Guelph Women in Computer Science organization, the Society of Computing and Information Science and the Guelph Coding Community.

As a computing student you will also be invited to participate in different community building events such as the Roboticon robotics challenge, Hackathons and more!

Information on all these opportunities and more are available on the School of Computer Science website along with testimonials from students in the program! As always, you can also find more information on EL at U of G on the Experiential Learning website.

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