At the University of South Carolina, what you learn inside the classroom is only the
True learning extends beyond the classroom. That means taking what you've learned
and connecting it to other meaningful experiences.
In order to make the most of your time at Carolina, we encourage you to think about
the experiences that you'd like to gain while you're here. Consider how those experiences
can influence your academics, how your academics can enhance your experiences and
how both can impact your long-term goals. This interweaving of learning inside and
beyond the classroom is called experiential and integrative learning. The Center for
Integrative and Experiential Learning supports all students, faculty and staff as
they connect academic work to "real life" applications and their goals for the future.
CIEL can help you
create your plan so that your experiences can be applied in a purposeful way. CIEL partners - faculty and staff across the university - can help you choose your experiences,
and engage in the ones that are right for you. Along the way, you should think through
the significance of your experiences and demonstrate what you have learned.
By engaging in integrative and experiential learning, you are enhancing your preparation
for life and success beyond Carolina. The
pathways of experience that you choose can even lead you to pursue special recognition through Graduation with Leadership Distinction to set yourself apart as you move into work, graduate programs and life!
At USC, I have discovered myself, uncovering traits I didn’t know I had, honing my
abilities as a student and leader, and pursuing my interests on a daily basis.
Lily Gullion, Exercise Science
The Center for Integrative and Experiential Learning invites proposals from full-
time faculty and instructors who have completed or who are currently completing the
Integrative and Experiential Learning Certificate to apply for
Supporting Undergraduates Through Integrative and Experiential Learning Grants. The goal of the grants is to develop, implement and assess instructional materials
or approaches that integrate within and beyond the classroom experiences to achieve
course or program learning outcomes.