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Experience Matters

At UCalgary, hands-on learning opportunities are endless.

The path to where I am today was completely unexpected. There was a period where I felt that I didn’t have a lot going for me. I decided to open myself to new possibilities and say yes to whatever opportunities came my way, even if they were out of my comfort zone. I’m so glad I did.

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Saskia Mae-Livingstone

Bachelor of Arts, Law and Society, 2021

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Learning beyond the classroom

At UCalgary, learning is not just lectures and essays, it's experiential learning in the classroom and beyond. It's real-world scenarios in work placements, internships, practicums and co-ops. There's experiential learning in the classroom, too, such as labs, creative activities, and classes that let you explore through practical projects and research.

Experiential learning helps you build your resume, explore career options and sets you on a path to success.

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Work-integrated learning

Learning on the job is a great way to integrate what you learn in class with real-world situations and gain practical and professional skills. Your program may include an internship, co-op or practicum opportunity, or you can take a class like UNIV 304 to incorporate work-integrated learning into your degree.

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Undergraduate research

As a top research institute, undergraduate research is an important part of UCalgary culture. Through exceptional initiatives like the Program for Undergraduate Research (PURE), you can gain funding to conduct your very own research project with an on-campus mentor.

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Neurodiverse students

UCalgary wants to support all students as they explore work-integrated learning opportunities. With support from The Sinneave Family Foundation, we are ensuring neurodiverse students thrive in practicums, internships, co-ops and beyond.

Experiential learning across campus

Besties go from vet med staffers to students

Bonding over animals and aspirations, 2 UCalgary alumni follow same career path

Indigenous youth from across Canada descend on Barrier Lake Field Station in July

Outland Youth Employment Program provides land-based work experience, training and education, this year for double the number of students

Empowering change with UCalgary's Mental Wellbeing and Resilience certificate

Credential leverages experiential learning and community partnerships for student growth and innovation

UCalgary students embark on inspiring global journey with Global Indigenous Skills fund

Cultural immersion and exploration in Japan, Mexico and Nepal

Mathematicians to the rescue

UCalgary Math 2 Power Industry Workshop bridges the gap between math and industry

New nursing instructors experience a simulation just like their students

UCalgary Nursing celebrates the many scenarios of simulation during Health-care Simulation Week