Experiential Learning

To graduate, all UGA students must engage in hands-on, experiential learning within a domestic or global setting. Although experiential learning became a university requirement in 2016, the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences has always prioritized enriching students' academic careers with experiential learning opportunities. In fact, it’s an integral part of our Deans’ Promise initiative.

The experiential learning requirement allows students to gain real world experience, broaden their horizons and become more marketable to employers through several curricular options. CAES offers a range of course options that support internships, research, service-learning, study abroad, field study, and other hands-on specialty experiences.

Students also have the option to fulfill the requirement with a non-credit experience, but they must get approval in advance from their department head and experiential learning certification officer. Students must also spend a minimum of 50 hours on the activity and submit a reflective essay at the conclusion of their experience.

Courses that fulfill the experiential learning requirement for CAES students:

Internship Courses

Research Courses

Students participating in CURO or successfully completing the following research courses will fulfill the CAES Experiential Learning Requirement.

Service-Learning Courses

Students in all CAES majors (or unspecified CAES students) may fulfill the CAES Experiential Learning Requirement by completing any service learning course, denoted with an S-suffix. Examples of CAES service learning courses are listed below.

Study Abroad and Field Study Courses

Students participating in and successfully completing UGA-sponsored exchange programs fulfill the CAES Experiential Learning Requirement.

Specialty Courses

Our Deans' Promise initiative states:

Every student in our college will have the opportunity to enrich their college experience beyond the classroom.


Deans' Promise opportunities include:

  • Internships
  • Research
  • Service-Learning
  • Study Abroad