Experiential Learning at UGA is driven by the conviction that hands-on experiences inform, transform, and unlock the true potential of higher education and prepare students to succeed in an ever-changing world.
Through an EL activity of their choice, students develop independent research skills in capstone courses or through research projects, increase their intercultural competence in study abroad and related international experiences, gain firsthand knowledge of different work environments in internships, or learn to appreciate and contribute to the social or educational work of others through service or community-based learning.
The Franklin College offers a wealth of opportunities for satisfying the Experiential Learning requirement. The Office of Experiential Learning maintains a list of approved courses and experiences; you can view Franklin's approved activities here. Students may also fulfill the requirement through any UGA-approved study abroad program. For a list of UGA-approved study abroad programs, please visit the GoAbroad PORTAL.
The College will also accept requests for the approval of 4000-level research courses not yet found on the current list linked above. And in exceptional cases, when a student is unable to satisfy the requirement within the framework of existing offerings, the College will consider proposals to fulfill the requirement with a non-credit-bearing activity that is not on the approved list. To be considered for such an exception, the student must identify a faculty member who is willing to serve as a mentor for the activity, then complete and submit a proposal at least one month prior to the beginning of the activity.
If you have general questions or concerns, contact the Office of Experiential Learning at firstname.lastname@example.org / 706-542-9891. If you have questions specific to the EL requirement in Franklin College, contact Kris Petti at email@example.com.