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University of Illinois Springfield

Experiential and Service-Learning University of Illinois Springfield

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About the Program

Experiential learning has been described as what happens when students are given the chance to acquire and apply knowledge, skills, and feelings in an immediate and relevant setting. UIS strongly supports the idea of direct encounter with the phenomena being studied.

Faculty and staff establish impressive connections locally and around the world to make sure that our students bring theory into the field. At UIS, you will explore your major in the real world and reach out to others through service. The payoff? You are ready to hit the ground running, backed by an impressive portfolio. AST student at museum internship

Active Learning

The three EXS-L programs – Applied Study Term, Credit for Prior Learning, and Service-Learning – provide students with a wide variety of opportunities in experiential learning and demonstrate the commitment of UIS to the principle that learning is active and can be acquired in a variety of settings.

woman painting fenceThe programs are central to the UIS public affairs mission and stress practical experience, professional development, and the value of self-directed learning. These programs give degree-seeking undergraduates and graduate students an opportunity to learn from the community about careers, service, professional life, and unmet needs.

Academic Credit

Wisdom may be its own reward, but you will also earn academic credit for your applied study, credit for prior learning and service-learning activities.

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The people you meet through internships and service-learning may be among the most valuable connections you ever make.