"Participating in experiential learning opportunities has allowed me to demonstrate what I am learning in both my academic and personal life. I am now able to think creatively in challenging situations and I have learned to listen more than I speak; such skills are difficult to acquire without practice.”
– Raghad, Third year student
Experiential Learning opportunities for students
Explore experiential opportunities that will help you get involved on campus, locally or globally.
Why get involved?
Studying and going to class is an important part of being a student, but there is so much more you can gain from your time at university!
Engaging in experiential opportunities will allow you to...
- Expand and deepen your academic learning
- Gain real-world experience that can help you reach your career goals
- Develop practical skills, self-confidence, and self-knowledge
- Explore your role in creating more equitable and sustainable communities
- Meet new people, develop social networks, and make friends!
Did you know? There are 700+ opportunities recognized on the UM Experience Record!
Ways to get involved
It can be overwhelming to figure out where to start when you want to get involved. Here are some tools you can use to find out which experience is the right fit for you!
Browse the Experience Catalogue in UMConnect
The Experience Catalogue is a one-stop shop for all University of Manitoba Experiential Learning courses, programs, and partnerships.
Search for opportunities by opening UMConnect and clicking on the Experience Catalogue. You can use keywords or search by experience type to learn about hundreds of opportunities on and off campus.
For help navigating the Experience Catalogue, stop by the Student Life office in 225 UMSU University Centre (Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM). Or, email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Talk to a Peer Involvement Advisor
Peer Involvement Advisors are fellow students who are trained to help you figure out which experience is right for you based on your personal interests, goals, and needs.
Appointments available by appointment or during drop-in hours in the Student Life Office (225 UMSU University Centre).
Meet with a Career Consultant
Looking to gain experience to support your career planning or employability? Experiential Learning is a great way to help connect your interests to career opportunities and develop career related skills.
To learn more about how Experiential Learning can help you in your career, connect with the Career Services team.
The Experience Record is a document that summarizes a student's participation and involvement in activities that support holistic development, inside and outside of the classroom.
The University of Manitoba is in the process of transitioning from the former Co-curricular Record (CCR) model to our Experience Record model. We appreciate your patience through this transition period.
Why develop your Experience Record?
Your Experience Record is an excellent tool for...
- Capturing the experiences you have participated in and allowing you to reflect on the skills and knowledge you have gained.
- Allowing you to be intentional about gaining diverse experiences that will help set you up for success in your future career.
- Creating a formal record of your participation that can be used to support your academic pursuits like scholarship applications and graduate/professional program applications
- Assisting with resume building and interview preparation, since it contains a detailed record of your experiences.
For more information on how to use your Experience Record when looking for a job, get in touch with UM Career Services.
What activities are on the Experience Record?
There are over 700 University-approved activities on the Experience Record, which either fall under one of the 12 Experiential Learning categories or are noted as Student Involvement. All activities are found in the Experience Catalogue.
Experiential learning is when you learn by doing, and then reflect back to make meaning from what you learned. All Experiential Learning opportunities fall under one of the following 12 categories:
Student Involvement experiences are those that allow students to build skills, make social connections, and participate in meaningful opportunities without the requirement for structured supervision or reflection criteria. You can look for these activities in the Experience Catalogue by searching for the "Student Involvement" tag.
For additional information, please contact the Student Life office.
How do I access my Experience Record?
Experiences from Fall 2020 - Fall 2022
UMConnect includes all University of Manitoba approved activities from Fall 2020 to Fall 2022.
Experiences prior to Fall 2020
Approved activities from 2012 through Summer 2020 are part of your Archived Experience, and will not appear on your record in UMConnect.
Unlisted activity or position
You should request your positions at the end of an activity (i.e. once you have completed it, not while you are currently participating in it). An activity validator will review and approve your request at the end of the academic year, at which time it will appear on your record.
If your activity does not appear in the Experiential Catalogue, a member of your group will need to apply to have your group recognized. If the activity is listed, but the position is missing, you will need to apply to add that position to the catalogue. Information about applications can be found on the experiential learning page homepage.