Experiential Learning at KU

What is experiential learning? Learning by doing!

What does learning in action look like at KU?

  • Participating in service learning projects
  • Taking a semester to study abroad
  • Doing undergraduate research
  • Attending arts and cultural events
  • And much more!

To help you take advantage of the many experiential learning options on campus, KU has developed 7 different certificate programs, each with a different focus. Certificate programs include Arts Engagement, Entrepreneurship, Global Awareness, Leadership, Research, Service Learning, and Sustainability.

Let pretend for a minute that these programs are like ice cream Although each program has its own requirements and unique flavor, there are three components that make up a certificate program: coursework, hands-on learning, and reflection.

You can count classes that you might already be taking as part of your major toward a certificate. Service Learning and Research Experience certificate programs even fulfill KU Core goals!


  • Learning: Be curious. Certificates allow you to customize your education by pursing interests that may be outside your major.
  • Doing: Gain experience putting classroom knowledge into action.
  • Growing: Completing reflection questions about your activities will help you identify what you have learned from your experiences. Reflection on your experiences also better prepares you to articulate your skills and strengths in an interview.

Get credit for your learning inside & outside of the classroom! Certificates offer official recognition for being an active member in your KU community and beyond through an official notation on your academic transcript. Learn more at certificates.ku.edu!

KU Experiential Learning Certificates

Certificates offer you a way to take ownership of your education and recognition for your learning both inside and outside of the classroom. All certificates require a combination of coursework, real-world experiences, and reflection. After you have completed a certificate, this accomplishment will be notated on your official KU academic transcript. All certificates are open to undergraduate students at KU from any major!  They are great additions to your professional credentials that highlight your learning and experiences outside of the classroom. 

A few benefits of completing an experiential learning certificate include:

  • Earning recognition for being an active member in your KU community and beyond through an official notation on your academic transcript
  • Gaining experience applying academic knowledge outside the classroom
  • Exploring your options for potential majors and future careers
  • Pursuing interests that may be outside your major
  • Networking with faculty, community members, and other students in different majors


Certificate Programs

KU Experiential Learning CertificatesREP - Research Experience Program SUSTAIN -Sustainability Certificate CSL - Certificate in Service Learning ENTR - Entrepreneurship Certificate ARTS - Arts Engagement Certificate GAP - Global Awareness Program LEAD - Leadership Engagement Certificate CPS - Certificate in Professional selling KU Experiential Learning Certificates

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