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Experiential Learning: Exciting Opportunities Beyond the Classroom

Dynamic and engaging, experiential learning is at the heart of a BW education because it unites knowledge, ideas and perspectives with real-world application.

Baldwin Wallace has an experiential learning requirement that helps students connect their classroom experiences to practical learning opportunities. It also helps students boost their resumes.

Experiential opportunities can include research, internships, study abroad, service learning and more. Through these initiatives, your student may work alongside a professor doing complex research, journey overseas to experience cultural assimilation, study the local effects of inner-city poverty or intern at a multinational company.


There are numerous opportunities to pursue research in collaboration with faculty, among them:

  • BW's Undergraduate Research and Creative Studies, a program that encourages students to work with faculty in examining, creating and sharing theories and knowledge in the areas of research, scholarship and other creative endeavors.

  • Summer Scholars, a living-learning program where students pursue a research or creative project of their own design under faculty guidance. Scholars live on campus together for ten weeks, share information and gain interdisciplinary insights beneficial to their studies.


Whether paid or unpaid, internships are opportunities for a student to gain valuable real-world experience and networking contacts. Students are encouraged to begin internship experiences as early as second year. Assistance in locating a meaningful internship can be obtained through your student's faculty advisor and advisors in the BW Career Center.

The Center for Global Exploration

Whether your student's motivations include personal growth, academic enrichment, career preparation or something else, study abroad can be important to a student's college experience. Individuals can participate in faculty-led group seminars, study at a foreign university, or intern in the U.S. or abroad.

Service Learning

Popular among students, service learning includes local, national and international opportunities for student engagement. They can include one-time projects, weekly service, alternative breaks and more. Service-learning opportunities help foster introspection, knowledge and an understanding of societal and environmental issues.