Experiential learning programs

Students working at Brilliant Labs, completing an experiential learning program


Work-integrated learning

  • Embedded in program or course design and includes third party engagement, e.g., employer, industry or community partner.
  • Includes co-op education, internships and practicum/clinical placements.



Community-engaged learning

  • Can be curricular or co-curricular.
  • Involves substantial engagement with a community partner.
  • Related to a students’ academic programs and involves reflective practice within the learning opportunity.
  • Includes some co-ops and internships, course-based, applied research, and capstone experiences.


Nihkanapu UNB/Nikanaptmu’k UNB

Indigenous experiential learning

  • Offers culturally relevant and safe work-integrated learning opportunities for Indigenous students culturally safe experiential learning for Indigenous students
  • Is grounded in Indigenous worldviews
  • Recognizes Indigenous relationships to Land is the essential foundation of Indigenous Knowledges and identity
  • Places Indigenous students in contexts that value Indigenous ways of Knowing, Being, and Doing
  • Provides financial, academic, cultural, and/or organizational support for Indigenous students and partners to create culturally safe experiential learning
  • Provides leadership and training to educate partners about Indigenous culture to ensure culturally safe placement sites for Indigenous students
  • Reflects UNB’s commitment to piluwitahasuwawsuwakon

Avenir NB/Future New Brunswick/Future Wabanaki

New Brunswick’s provincial commitment to experiential learning

  • Supports wage subsidies for students partnering with employers for work-integrated learning placements
  • Reduces financial barriers that hinder participation in experiential learning i.e. transportation, materials, or equipment costs
  • Specifically supports underserved student groups, including: 
    • Low-income students
    • Students with disabilities
    • Newcomers/international students
    • First-generation students
    • Indigenous students (Future Wabanaki)

Future NB