Experiential Learning is a term to describe the kind of learning you do when you're not in a classroom or a school laboratory -- it's all that educational stuff that you experience. From traveling to other countries to leading a research group, experiences in education can be found in every corner of Carlow, and beyond.  

According to a 2014 Gallup-Purdue Report, students who participate in experiential learning while in college are more likely to lead meaningful lives, have more socially-satisfying relationships, secure financial well-being, engage more with their communities, and maintain better physical health.

Experiential Learning in the Carlow Experiential Learning Tradition (CELT) consists of five distinct areas: 

Undergraduate Research

Research is a form of experiential learning through which you will produce innovative research projects in which you develop a creative portfolio of visual art or writing, or conduct critical or scientific research. Each project will include a reflective observation (on your art, writing, critical inquiry or scientific process) or a written or oral presentation of the project, further conceptualizing the content of your research.


Internships and professional work experiences integrate career-related experience into your education through participation in planned, supervised work. This work emphasizes professional development and the assessment of real-world job performance. You will “learn by doing.”

Study Abroad

Study abroad is a form of experiential learning through which you enrich your global perspectives, further develop your studies, exercise independence, and gain experiences that make you well-rounded, highly competitive college graduates. Carlow students can study abroad for an entire academic year, one semester, several weeks, or over spring break. These opportunities are available in locations around the world—from England to Russia to Tanzania to Thailand.

Service Learning

Service-learning addresses human and community needs, together with structured opportunities for reflection.


Student leadership develops your skills in team-building, collaboration, and effective leadership. These experiences assist students in shaping your identities as citizens who will create positive change in the world. Some of the leadership opportunities at Carlow University are through Student Government, clubs and student organizations, and service as peer tutors. Off-campus opportunities may be, for example, leadership roles in community groups and organizations, religious organizations, or churches. 

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