Experiential Learning

Honors students at city overlook

The express purpose of our experiential learning programs is to enlarge the scope of the undergraduate experience, to better prepare Honors Scholars for post-baccalaureate training, and to make tangible international contact that has begun to characterize the globalization of intellectual labor. The Schedler Honors College and University Scholars Program offers honors scholars funding support for experiential learning opportunities. Study abroad, undergraduate research, and internships are all high impact educational practices that transform lives. Funded in part by a growing endowment, more than 1,000 students have received funding to study abroad or carry out research or internships supported by the Travel Abroad Grant (TAG), Experiential Learning Funds (ELF), and Undergraduate Research Grants for Education (URGE) programs.

To be eligible to apply for funding, students must meet the following criteria:

  • be an Honors student in good standing at the Sophomore level or higher, having completed a minimum of at least one Honors course prior to being awarded
  • have a cumulative UCA grade point average of 3.500 or higher
  • plan to complete the Honors Interdisciplinary Studies minor or Honors capstone
  • have at least one semester of university and Honors coursework remaining upon the completion of the proposed experience.

In order to apply for funding, students complete an application that is available within the Honors student portal. The application requires the student to write a proposal that includes a rationale stating the educational benefits, budget, itinerary or study plans, and course credit sought. Winter and Spring proposals must be submitted by October 15th, and Summer proposals by November 15th. Click here to review the application expectations and scoring criteria.