What is Experiential Learning?

What is Experiential Learning?

Experiential learning is an engaged learning process whereby students "learn by doing" and by reflecting on the experience. Experiential learning activities can include, but are not limited to, hands-on laboratory experiments, internships, practicums, field exercises, study abroad, undergraduate research and studio performances.

The Latin American Studies Program highly recommends, but does not require, that students have an in-depth Latin American cultural experience, usually through study abroad, before completing their undergraduate requirements. Programs range from intensive language study to group programs with a special focus. University of Iowa students may enroll in programs in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Mexico, and Uruguay.

Most importantly, the Latin American Studies Program supports student involvement in experiential learning only if it is conducted through reputable organizations which uphold ethical standards for both students and local populations worldwide. See the UI International Programs - Study Abroad website or meet with a UI Study Abroad advisor for more information on good practices for selecting a study abroad or other international experiential learning program.

For more information, contact:
University of Iowa International Programs
1111 UCC

Study abroad courses may be counted toward requirements for the certificate and the minor with prior approval. Contact the Latin American Studies Academic Advisor to discuss this.

Why Study in Latin America?

University Resources

The University of Iowa provides general information concerning research, internships, studying abroad and experiential learning. For more information about these learning opportunities, please visit the following links:

Undergraduate Researchhttps://research.uiowa.edu/researchers/student-research/undergraduate-student-research
Internships: https://careers.uiowa.edu/internships/finding-your-internship 
Study Abroad: https://international.uiowa.edu/study-abroad 
Experiential Learning: https://careers.uiowa.edu/career-communities
Engaged Learning: https://engagement.uiowa.edu/students