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What Is Experiential Learning?

Experiential learning is how lessons come to life for Clemson students. From taking a villager’s temperature in Peru to fertilizing plants in the South Carolina Lowcountry and even capturing game day footage on the sidelines in Death Valley, there are endless opportunities for Clemson students to make their mark prior to graduating.

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.

Gain a Global Perspective

As many Clemson students will attest, those who study abroad learn a new way of thinking. Gain cross-cultural awareness and explore new destinations by studying abroad with Clemson.

Study Abroad
A diverse group of Clemson students sit on a wall with a group of international workers on a service trip in South America.
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.
Male Clemson engineering student in professional attire speaks with Michelin representative at the career fair.

Put Your Major To Work

Attain professional experience while earning a degree, and enter job interviews with meaningful examples of work that showcase your skills.

Through Cooperative Education (Co-Op), Clemson students spend three semesters working full time for an organization in their field of study.

As a UPIC intern, Clemson students gain professional experience without leaving campus. Full-time and part-time on-campus internships are offered in departments across the University.

Experiential learning meets undergraduate research through Creative Inquiry at Clemson. Students participating in a Creative Inquiry collaborate with others to solve real problems, and they receive personalized advising from faculty in addition to course credit.

Students seeking guidance in their entrepreneurial endeavors can find it at Clemson. Funding, mentorship, networking opportunities and more promote entrepreneurial spirit in Clemson students.