Experiential Learning Programs

Broadly, experiential learning is any learning that supports students in applying their knowledge and conceptual understanding to real-world problems or situations where the instructor directs and facilitates learning. The classroom, laboratory, or studio can serve as a setting for experiential learning through embedded activities such as case and problem-based studies, guided inquiry, simulations, experiments, or art projects (Wurdinger & Carlson, 2010).

Gain the competitive edge you need in today’s labour market. CBU students have the opportunity to graduate with experience and career knowledge that will give you a critical advantage. Cape Breton University prides itself on integrating experience into your studies by offering co-op courses and a variety of hands-on learning opportunities in your academic program. Work with our career team to successfully translate your experiences, both inside and outside the classroom, and launch yourself into your career.

Experiential learning opportunities offer formal, guided, authentic, real-world experiences, students will have an opportunity to:

  • Deepen their knowledge and skill set through practice and reflection
  • Develop a network of support
  • Bring their learning back to the classroom setting and apply it to their studies
  • Support the construction of new understandings when placed in unique situations
  • Gain experience in a field of interest

Some of the Experiential Learning opportunities at CBU are:


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