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Experiential Education at UNB

Learning through authentic experiences

Experiential education includes a variety of approaches where educators intentionally engage with learners using direct or authentic and real experiences.

This philosophy and method focuses reflection to develop learners’ capacities to contribute to their professions. It also:

  • increases knowledge
  • develops skills
  • clarifies values

Experiential education connects UNB with our communities. It also helps to create strong partnerships and solve problems in creative and innovative ways.


Experiential education takes many forms:

  • curricular and co-curricular opportunities
  • co-ops
  • internships
  • clinical placements
  • applied research
  • community-based learning

These opportunities are all available to our students.

We work hard to make experiential education a core part of the experience of every UNB student.

A long history of exceptional experiential learning

UNB provides students with tangible, real-world applications to apply and enhance their learning. We are home to renowned programs, such as one of the country’s longest running co-op programs or a program which supports some of the most vulnerable children in Saint John’s priority neighbourhoods.