Co-curricular Experiential Learning Categories

Co-curricular Experiential Learning are not-for-credit experiences that are offered through a variety of academic and non-academic departments at the University of Guelph. Below are the categories of co-curricular experiential learning at the University of Guelph. This listing includes definitions for each category, along with related examples of current opportunities at the University of Guelph.

A structured program requiring the completion of set requirements and demonstration of specific competencies that promote skill development in an area of focus.

A program that engages students in exploring a societal issue or theme while supporting the mission of a community organization.

A short-term experience that allows students to showcase knowledge and skills by developing, planning, attending, or presenting an original work, at a conference, exhibition, or competition.

A program that allows students to leverage resources, space, mentorship and/or funding to engage in the early-stage development of a start-up and/or to advance ideas that address real-world needs.

A university-sanctioned program that supports students in developing intercultural learning and competency.

Membership in an athletic team that represents the U of G in competitions with external athletes/teams. Students participate in regular training and activities related to the team and meet standards of performance.

Paid work experience outside of a campus department or unit.

Paid work experience within a campus department or unit.

A program embedded in service delivery that contributes to the campus community under the mentorship of faculty of professional staff.

Short-term activity designed to promote skill development in an area of focus.

Involvement in student-run organizations such as clubs, special status groups, service groups, affiliate groups that represent an area of interest, culture, hobbies and/or shared experience.

A student elected or appointed to provide representation, advocacy, service, and/or programming to respective constituents.

Engagement in an unpaid opportunity that contributes to furthering the goals of a community, program, or cause.

Experience Profiles

  • Sharon recently finished her degree in European Studies. She was engaged in applied research, community engaged learning courses and did a practicum in Europe. Additionally, Sharon also worked on campus as a student staff.