Experiential Learning


At LHU we know that the best way to gain experience in your field of study is through first-hand experience. That’s why experiential learning is at the core of what we do. As part of your academic coursework you’ll have the chance to take part in hands-on learning. Whether it’s an internship, field experience, or student teaching, we’ll make sure you put your knowledge to work before you hit the job market.

Experiential Learning (EL)/ External Experience (EE)

The experiential learning/external experience requirement is part of the University's general education curriculum.  Please speak with your academic advisor for specific information regarding the requirement. You can find the EL/EE Form on LHU’s MyHaven under the Registrar’s Office Forms.

LHU’s MountainServe Center is one possible resource in supporting your faculty identified and approved Experiential Learning/ External Experience with possible community partnerships and community service activities.


  1. Students apply, exercise or perform, in an educationally meaningful way and in a setting outside the classroom skills and knowledge gained in the academic environment.
  2. All valid Experiential Learning (EL)/ External Experiences (EE) must have an audience, a set of colleagues, or a group of beneficiaries that extends beyond the university classroom and typically beyond the university community.
  3. A faculty member in a discipline related to the experience must evaluate the Experiential Learning/ External Experiences. The faculty member must be involved in identifying the activity as an Experiential Learning/ External Experiences before it begins,  the experience cannot be identified retroactively.
  4. One unit of EL/EE is equivalent to a minimum of ten percent of the coursework for a three-credit course, or approximately 14 hours.

Our students have taken part in a number of experiential learning opportunities including:

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