Experiential Learning Experience is a life-changing lesson
The world is your classroom
Concepts that are difficult to grasp in the classroom often are easier to understand when explored in the context of the world and you. Learning becomes more real and relevant when you learn with your head, your hands, your heart.
At BGSU through a variety of hands-on, real-world experiences, you will find dozens of opportunities to do just that, and appreciate the strength of the University’s commitment to lessons outside the classroom.
- gain valuable experience in your field during a co-op or internship
- study in a global setting
- volunteer your time and talents for the good of others
- ramp up your leadership and survival skills as a member of the Air Force or Army ROTC program
- participate in our nationally ranked mock trial, forensics or sales teams
- participate in meaningful research and creative activities in all fields of study.
Cooperative education (co-ops) and internships put you into the working world classroom. In co-ops, you earn an income while gaining valuable and practical experience in your related academic field. Internships help you gain professional-level work experience in businesses and organizations related to your studies. High-level, well-known companies and organizations recruit BGSU interns and co-op students, including Abercrombie & Fitch Co., the Grand Ole Opry, Ernst & Young LLP, Habitat for Humanity, Mayo Clinic, E! Network, The Olympics, U.S. Departments of State, Defense and Labor, and the Walt Disney Company. You can participate in one, two or three semesters of co-op in a full-time or part-time work experience. Learn more through the WorkNet program found at hire.bgsu.edu.
From studying art in Florence to student teaching in Rio de Janeiro, partnership programs with universities around the world allow you to study virtually anywhere. Pick from sponsored programs that include Australia, Austria, China, England, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Spain and the United Kingdom. For details, educationabroad.bgsu.edu.
Learning to serve–serving to learn
Many life lessons are free when you volunteer your time at area agencies and organizations throughout the academic year. Also, several times a year, usually during breaks, special trips are scheduled to immerse students in other cultures or learn about social justice issues or community organizing. Civic responsibility and service to the community are also possible through student organizations involved in service projects or for students interested in serving as peer educators.
Adventure beyond textbooks
The Air Force and Army ROTC provide a significant path to personal and leadership development through their intense, physical programming. Scholarships and a monthly stipend are among the attractive options if you choose ROTC. BGSU is nationally rated in Best for Vets: Colleges by Military Times EDGE and recognized by G.I. Jobs as a Military Friendly School.
Active participation in actual research is encouraged as a way to provide intellectual stimulation and scholarly discovery. Many faculty, across most fields of study, are focused on research and eager to involve students in real-world experiences. Among them are:
- Dr. Hans Wildschutte, who has received a National Institutes of Health grant, is studying a type of marine bacteria that may provide the basis for new antibiotics with therapeutic properties.
- Dr. Sheryl Coombs, who involves students in research projects designed to answer questions about how animals find their way in the dark.
- Dr. Verner Bingman, whose research allows students to work side by side with him, aims to understand how the brain controls the navigational and spatial memory behavior of birds.
- Dr. Moira van Staaden, who asks students to play active roles in a range of projects that employ a variety of acoustic, anatomical, behavioral and molecular techniques. Her research focuses on understanding the sensory and ecological forces underlying evolutionary radiations, using two model systems: cichlid fishes in the African Great Lakes and bladder grasshoppers.
Whether for credit or personal experience, BGSU offers you options to grow beyond the classroom and develop such skills as communicating well, understanding global issues, appreciating diversity, and leadership.