Teri Triguba Williams, Ph.D.
Assistant Director for Experiential Education
Nova Southeastern University
Office of Academic Affairs
3301 College Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33314

ExEL: Experiential Education and Learning

Gaining diverse, meaningful experiences as an NSU student might be the most valuable part of your college education.

Through Experiential Education and Learning (ExEL) at NSU, you will be exposed to a world of hands-on opportunities that enrich your academic life while helping you reach your professional and personal goals. As part of ExEL, you can choose to conduct research with a faculty mentor, enroll in courses that take you far beyond the classroom, test drive your future career with an internship, give back to your community as a volunteer, or earn credits while studying and exploring abroad.

Click here to learn more about NSU student experiences with experiential learning.

Click here to read about NSU's ExEL requirements.

ExEL Categories

NSU provides a wonderful opportunity for you to get to know and conduct research with your faculty members, who are experts and leaders in their fields. Participating in research will improve your critical thinking skills and better prepare you for graduate school and beyond. You'll gain a deeper connection with your studies and the process of discovery. Faculty-mentored research opportunities can be explored in any major and within your areas of interest.

Speak with your faculty members to discuss how you can get involved with research that fits your interests and the ExEL requirements.

What can you do with your research findings?

At NSU, your coursework will take you beyond the lecture hall and into STEM labs, the field, and performing and visual art studios and theatres, as well as our student media tv station, radio station, and newspaper. While you're engaging in hands-on learning and diving deeper into your major, these classes may count toward your ExEL requirements.

Speak with your academic advisor to identify applicable experiential coursework that matches your interests and degree program.

Download Available Courses Guide (PDF)

As an NSU undergraduate student, you may have big goals for your future career. College is the perfect time to gain the knowledge, contacts, and hands-on experience you'll need to secure the professional roles you seek after graduation. You can help meet your ExEL requirements by participating in professional development opportunities that will improve your confidence in the workplace, enhance your professional communication skills, and connect you with a network of working professionals in your field.

Speak with your faculty members, academic advisor, and the Career Development office to discuss the following professional development opportunities:

Did you know that NSU was rated one of the Top 20 Colleges Nationwide committed to community service? We also earned the prestigious Carnegie Foundation designation as a "Community Engaged Institution." These national recognitions acknowledge just how much our students give back to the community.

You can join this movement and make a positive impact, all while helping to fulfill your ExEL requirements. Discover ways to give back through face-to-face interactions or hands-on work that addresses a social need you're passionate about.

Contact NSU's Office of Student Leadership and Civic Engagement to discuss Community Engagement opportunities such as:

Service Learning - Put what you learn in the classroom into practice in a real-world setting.

What could be more rewarding than seeing and experiencing a new culture as an undergraduate student? Earning credits toward your degree program and helping to fulfill your ExEL requirements at the same time!

Contact your academic advisor to discuss Travel Exploration options that meet your interests and degree completion requirements.

Opportunities include faculty-led travel study and study abroad.