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Experiential Learning at Clemson

Experiential Learning (ExL) is for every student at Clemson. Our research shows that when you actively participate in educational experiences, you gain a greater understanding of complex topics, you remember detailed information better and you have a great time, too. Explore nine different types of experiential learning we offer to see what might be a fit for you.

A female science student wearing glasses reads a book in her lab with glass bottles lining the shelf behind her.
Two Clemson students in wide-brimmed hats measure the depth of a dig they're conducting on campus in front of the Shoeboxes.

Types of Experiential Learning

Visit the Find My Experience page to see detailed information and next steps for each of the learning types listed below.

Find Your Experience

Workplace Learning

Center for Career and Professional Development

International Education

  • Conduct field studies abroad.
  • Enroll in partner institutions across the world.
  • Embark on a service-learning trip.
  • Conduct research to benefit global communities.

Study Abroad Opportunities

Creative Inquiry

  • Join a cross-disciplinary undergraduate research team.
  • Solve real-world problems.
  • Create peer-reviewed publications.
  • Present your findings.

Creative Inquiry + Undergraduate Research

Leisure Skills Courses

  • Explore more than 150 recreational courses at Clemson.
  • Gain a new skill.
  • Have fun and get outdoors while earning class credit.

Learn About Leisure Skills

Male Clemson student presents to a class of children in Japan.
Three Clemson nursing students talk with children and an adult in a South American country on a service-learning trip.

Creative Practice

  • Express yourself through the arts.
  • Take creative academic courses.
  • Engage in the arts through workshops or special events.

Student/Peer Teaching

  • Be a student teacher in a local school.
  • Mentor fellow undergraduate students.
  • Lead tutoring sessions on campus.

Teacher Education Field Experience

Service or Client-Based Learning

  • Apply classroom knowledge to real problems.
  • Serve businesses, organizations and people in our community.


  • Apply classroom concepts to real situations.
  • Adjust to changing circumstances and find innovative solutions.
  • Engage in fieldwork.
  • Serve real and simulated patients through clinicals.


  • Apply four years of learning in one project-based class.