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.

Study Abroad 

The Department of German strongly encourages study abroad and recommends the following programs in particular:  

The Academic Year in Freiburg program, which is supported by the University of Iowa, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Michigan, and Michigan State University, provides a year of study for undergraduates at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg, Germany. Following a four-week intensive language program in September, students take a combination of special program classes and regular German university courses. Organized field trips give students a broad perspective of German culture, while vacation periods permit extensive travel throughout Europe. 

The University of Iowa also offers exchange programs with the Universität Dortmund and business-oriented programs in Frankfurt and Vienna. Study abroad scholarships are frequently available.  

The USAC Lüneburg program is ideal for students interested in learning the German language and focusing on European Studies—specifically Germany's role within the European Union. Through formal coursework and personal interaction with the host culture, students can greatly expand their language skills and knowledge of German society. Lüneburg offers students the quality of life of a smaller community without sacrificing the cultural resources and activities of a large metropolitan city. Lüneburg is also only 30 minutes away from former East Germany, providing a unique vantage point from which to study the dynamics of reunification. 

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