As the nation’s first state-chartered university, the University of Georgia continues to be a leader in public higher education. Experiential learning is a distinguishing feature of a UGA education, and it will make our students exceptionally well-prepared for success after graduation.
Putting students first.
The University of Georgia is the largest public university in the nation to require each of its nearly 27,000 undergraduate students to engage in experiential learning prior to graduation. Through internships, research, service-learning, study abroad and other forms of hands-on learning, our students will have life-changing experiences tailored to their interests and aspirations.
By working directly with businesses, community partners and government agencies, our students build upon their academic foundations and gain experiences that distinguish them from the competition. Nearly one third of UGA students complete internships in fields as diverse as health care, international affairs, the arts and business.
Conducting research gives students a deep understanding of their chosen field and fosters the analytical and critical thinking skills that are essential in our knowledge economy. UGA’s Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities is just one of the ways our students conduct independent research in disciplines ranging from the humanities to the sciences.
Making an impact.
By enabling students to apply classroom knowledge to community needs, such as revitalizing downtowns and fighting poverty, service-learning prepares students for a lifetime of leadership. More than one quarter of UGA students enroll in service-learning courses each year.
The perspectives and insights students gain through study abroad give them an immeasurable advantage in our global economy. More than a quarter of UGA students currently study abroad at our campuses and residential centers in San Luis de Monteverde, Costa Rica; Cortona, Italy; and Oxford, England, or through one of hundreds of programs on all seven continents.
Partner with UGA.
The University of Georgia’s experiential learning initiative helps students connect their academic foundations with their professional aspirations. The initiative also creates opportunities for businesses, community agencies and other organizations to partner with UGA on mutually beneficial internship, research, service-learning and study abroad opportunities. Alumni and other supporters can help give students life-changing experiences through their gifts to the UGA Foundation.