Hands-on learning opportunities

India field school
Geography student Julia Bennett completed a field school in India. "I kept saying 'I can't believe I'm in class right now,' when we were hiking through a national park, talking to locals in a village or wandering through a palace," she says.

Want to gain hands-on experience during your time at university? Co-op is a great option, but it's just the tip of the iceberg! UVic offers hundreds of hands-on learning opportunities you might be interested in—whether it's a co-op work term, field school, volunteer opportunity or a really hands-on course.

We've created a series of "experiential maps" to show you the types of opportunities available for hands-on learning. These are divided into two types: opportunities through your program or extracurricular opportunities. Check them out here!

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Opportunities through your program

See tailored opportunities for your academic program, like co-op, hands-on courses, field schools, practica, study exchanges and more. 

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Extracurricular opportunities

Find ways to gain experience outside your program, including research assistant positions, UVSS clubs, the Work Study Program and more.

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The UVic Office of the Vice-President Academic and Provost tasked Co-op and Career with identifying and mapping curricular (academic) and extracurricular experiential opportunities for students across campus. This project’s primary goal was to better inform students about opportunities for hands-on learning available in their programs.

We adopted the Association for Experiential Education’s definition of experiential education: “… [A] philosophy that informs many methodologies in which educators purposefully engage with learners in direct experience and focused reflection in order to increase knowledge, develop skills, clarify values, and develop people’s capacity to contribute to their communities.” We then identified several key aspects of experiential education: experience, curriculum integration, student outcomes and reflection.

To date, we have completed two extracurricular maps and 55 curricular (academic hands-on learning) maps. These 55 curricular maps represent 674 different courses at UVic that constitute experiential learning under our definition with total enrollment of 32,170 students.

NOTE: This project was conducted in 2012. We encourage you to use these maps as a starting point for ideas, but to visit the UVic Calendar for up-to-date course information.