Experiential learning brings academic studies to life

KiraExperiential learning is often called "hands-on" or "applied" learning, but it's so much more than that. It's a structured process that enables you to extract personally meaningful insights from an experience.

When you learn experientially, you participate in goal-setting, real-life activities, and structured reflection. This process enables you to develop deep knowledge about a subject or situation, along with personal and professional skills.

Kira Gill-Maher describes her experiential research project in Bhutan:

"I had the opportunity to learn about Gross National Happiness from those that are involved in implementing it and get feedback from international scholars!"


At Mount Allison, experiential learning takes a wide variety of forms, from field trips to photography exhibits to forays into the world of work.

Many experiential learning opportunities form part of for-credit courses. Others are offered through co-curricular (non-credit) programs, such as our internship program and the Alumni Career Mentorship Program.

Examples of experiential learning in courses:

  • Service learning projects (volunteer projects for organizations)
  • Field trips
  • Field work
  • Guest speakers
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Artistic performance
  • Scientific research
  • Archival research
  • Simulations
  • Conferences
  • Case studies
  • Consulting projects

Examples of co-curricular experiential learning:


For more in-depth information about Mount A's approach to experiential learning, check out our resources for faculty.