At Stanford, learning happens in and out of the classroom, and community is essential to each student’s growth and development. We define experiential education as a set of intentional experiences and focused reflections that optimize knowledge acquisition, develop life and work skills, clarify values and interests, build meaningful connections, and create opportunities for community engagement on and off campus. Such experiences may take place in an academic or career-advising appointment, a study abroad journey, an internship or a service experience. Students develop leadership skills as a result of involvement in a student organization or a campus part-time job. There are opportunities for thought-provoking discussions with faculty and alumni in residences and dining halls. No matter where students are in their educational journeys, chances are they are engaged in learning experiences that have been designed by staff and faculty to connect theory with practice and augment students’ knowledge about themselves and the world.
As part of our commitment to experiential education, the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs works to ensure that students of all backgrounds and learning styles have the tools they need to thrive. To that end, BEAM Career Education, Bechtel International Center, the Office of Accessible Education and the Schwab Learning Center are here to support, challenge and celebrate students throughout their time at Stanford and beyond.