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Experiential Learning

Experiential Learning

In the College of Arts and Sciences, discovery-oriented learning is the norm. We don’t ask our students to just sit and listen—we invite them to get involved, gain experience, and explore the greater world. From internships and research projects to creative collaborations, our hands-on learning opportunities will prepare you to succeed in your academics and your career after college.

Abundant Undergraduate Research

Undergraduates across the arts and sciences have the opportunity to take part in research teams or conduct individual research projects.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Rich Experiential Learning

Hands-on learning emphasizes the knowledge and skills gained through experiences beyond the traditional classroom format.

Hands-On Learning Opportunities

Hands-On Learning Scholarship

The College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to invite undergraduate students to apply for scholarships to support them in pursuing experiential learning opportunities. The scholarship will provide financial support of up to $5,000 to assist students in completing an unpaid internship, research opportunity, or service-learning experience. Preference will be given to applicants with financial need, as determined by the Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships. We will consider assistance for paid internships where the case can be made that the compensation will not be adequate to cover living expenses.

Experiential Learning Scholarship Deadline Calendar


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Prison Education Program

The Prison Education Program was established in 2016, building on collaboration between the University of Oregon and the Department of Corrections to offer credited classes through the Inside-Out Program beginning in 2007. We work in an interdisciplinary academic framework, and with a broad range of students, campus organizations, community groups, and national organizations working to improve educational opportunities in prisons. We are now active in offering classes, not-for-credit opportunities, and in working to advance educational opportunities for people who are incarcerated statewide. 

UO Prison Education Program



Take Your Education International

In partnership with Global Education Oregon, the College of Arts and Sciences sponsors a world of opportunities to study abroad.

Gaining Real-World Experience

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“My research focused on the relationship between dams and methane, which alone promotes and creates so many detrimental impacts on our ecosystems, public health and the global warming crisis.”
–Ashia Wilson, 2021 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship recipient
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“The excitement and responsibility of being an active collaborator motivated me to tackle more scientific papers and initiate more discussions with my mentors.”
–Sanjana Basak, 2021 First Year Research Experience grant recipient and biochemistry major
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Students of Color Opportunities in Research Enrichment

SCORE (Students of Color Opportunities in Research Enrichment) is an academically based hands-on research club designed for students who are underrepresented in the life sciences. The program involved weekly workshops designed to teach students basic laboratory techniques, with the primary goal being to enable each student to gain confidence with a scientific skillset. These skills aid in students perusing undergraduate research and professional development opportunities.

Explore SCORE

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First-year Interest Groups (FIGs)

Find your path, find your people. Each FIG is unique and tailored to explore an exciting academic theme while helping students acclimate to campus both academically and socially. There are seven themes to choose from, and with over 50 FIGs offered each fall there is something for everyone!

 Learn More About FIGs

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Academic Residential Communities (ARCs)

Academic Residential Communities are programs created by University Housing to help students find a community based around shared interests and passions for inquiry. Students living in ARCs take classes together and connect with professors and advisors who offer social and academic support.

Learn More About ARCs

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Student Organizations

Looking for opportunities to connect with peers, network around common interests, and make an impact outside of the classroom? At the UO, you have your choice of more than 400 student organizations, societies, and clubs you can join.

Explore Student Organizations

School of Global Studies and Languages

Special Facilities for Learning

Our network of research facilities, centers, and institutes provides students with enhanced access to technologies, capacities, training, and projects that expand the boundaries of inquiry and skills development.

Explore Affiliated Centers and Institutes

Liberal Arts for Real-World Careers

CAS has countless opportunities for students to increase their skillsets and portfolios with meaningful learning experiences. To prepare our students for life beyond college, we challenge them to examine our society’s most important questions, developing and honing their skills in questioning critically, thinking logically, communicating clearly, and collaborating with others.

Our students and alumni constantly surprise and inspire us with the professional paths they have blazed — journeys that begin with study of the natural sciences, humanities and social sciences.

CAS-to-Careers Connection

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UO Cinema Studies Alumni Gathering: Los Angeles Aug 25 Everson Royce Bar
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The BIG 10+ Academia Career Fair Oct 16
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