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Experiential Learning

At Manhattanville we are dedicated to creating an environment where students will engage in meaningful, interactive, and collaborative experiences. We strive to instill a passion for lifelong learning and empower our students to become proactive contributors within their communities. Through diverse experiential programs we aim to nurture socially conscious and well-rounded individuals to meet the challenges of our rapidly changing world.


What is Experiential Learning?

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Experiential learning for college students is an educational approach that emphasizes learning through direct, hands-on experiences in real-world situations, rather than solely relying on traditional classroom lectures or theoretical instruction. It involves a process in which students apply knowledge, skills, and concepts learned in the classroom to authentic situations thus gaining a deeper understanding of the subject matter they have been studying. 

Frequently Asked Questions


The Experiential Learning Requirement

Manhattanville students are required to complete at least one credit-bearing experiential learning course. We offer a diverse range of experiential learning opportunities to cater to the unique interests and goals of each student.

Partnering with leading organizations to provide students with access to internship opportunities that offer real-world job experience and networking opportunities.

Promoting community engagement by connecting students with local nonprofits, and organizations to address real community needs through curricular and co-curricular activities.


Enabling students to broaden their horizons and gain cultural competency through international short-term or long-term study abroad.

Applying the knowledge and skills gained through course work, education majors take part in student teaching at local K-12 schools.

Preparing nursing students through integrated hands-on clinical experience elevating technical skills and allowing students to become familiar with professional healthcare environments and patient care technology.


Research Projects

Encouraging students to collaborate with faculty on cutting-edge research projects in various disciplines.


Student Learning Objectives



Students will gain soft skills such as communication, problem solving, collaboration, professionalism, and leadership that will prepare them for success in the workplace.

Students will be able to apply skills and theory learned at Manhattanville to practical experiences beyond the classroom.

Students will demonstrate socially responsible awareness, attitude, and knowledge required to equitably engage and include people from different local and global cultures.

Benefits of Experiential Learning
Enhanced Skill Development: Gain practical skills that employers value, making you more competitive in the job market.


The Experiential Learning Requirement is typically fulfilled by Internships, Independent Research and Experiential-Learning Projects, Nursing or Radiologic Technology Clinical Placements, Student Teaching or Teaching Assistantships, Study Abroad, and 4th-Credit Service-Learning Projects.

Certain courses and major capstones may also count toward the requirement; please check Student Planner and consult with your academic advisor.


Frequently Asked Questions

Experiential learning involves learning through doing, reflecting on the experience, and
applying insights to future life and career goals.
Experiential learning goes beyond traditional lectures and textbooks by immersing students in real-life experiences. It encourages active engagement, and the application of knowledge in real world settings.
Experiential learning can take various forms, including Internships for Credit, Service-Learning, Study Abroad, Research Projects, Nursing Clinicals, Student Teaching, and
collaborative projects embedded in academic courses. 
Experiential learning enhances students' practical skills and problem-solving abilities. It helps
students develop a range of soft skills needed to achieve life and career goals such as:
communication, teamwork, and professionalism.
Quality experiential learning provides students with meaningful and relevant opportunities that
help define life and career goals.
Students can maximize the benefits of experiential learning by actively engaging in the
experiences, seeking feedback, reflecting on their learning, and connecting the acquired skills
and knowledge to their academic and career goals.

For further information on the Experiential Learning Requirement students can contact:

For information on Internships for Credit:
Contact Cassie Robbins, Associate Director, The Center for Career Development,

For information on Service-Learning:
Contact Craig Donnelly, Director of the Sister Mary T. Clark Center for Religion and Social

For Information on Study Abroad: