Our Story

It's a simple concept - 

when you learn by doing, you learn differently. You learn more. You learn beyond subject matter – you also learn about yourself.UGA student using a microscope for research

At UGA, we couldn’t agree more. We’re passionate about the promise of Experiential Learning, and we believe it’s a foundational part of the college experience and beyond. We believe hands-on experiences inform, transform, and unlock the true potential of higher education and prepare students to succeed in an ever-changing world.

Experiences outside the classroom are part of a powerful learning cycle that expands, stretches and enhances academic foundations to create a whole new level of awareness and understanding. It’s a proving ground where students commit to exploring, discovering, and defining how what they learn will shape who they become and what they do next.

As a leader in higher education we’re uniquely able to open virtually any door or blaze any path to create programs that enhance every field of study. We help students find and nurture the powerful connections that make experiences count.

We’re committed to Experiential Learning, and we’re invested in doing it right for every student. Our Office of University Experiential Learning ensures access to challenging and engaging experiential programs. At UGA, Experiential Learning is designed to deliver impact – for our communities, and above all, for our students. Experiential Learning can elevate a student’s trajectory, enhance  competencies and enable opportunities, now and for years to come – that’s why it’s a (required) part of every UGA degree.

Because at UGA, we believe experience is key. It’s the catalyst that empowers students to thrive. 


Build Your Future. Change Your World.Student standing on mountain in New Zealand