ELN — A dynamic resource for high-impact experiential learning.

The Academies celebrates 10 years of transforming students … now it’s our turn. Over the past decade, The Academies has worked to connect students from all majors to a community of supportive faculty, staff and peers, enhancing the UB experience through the integration of academic exploration, community involvement and personal growth. As we look toward the future we will build on this foundation as we become the Experiential Learning Network. We invite you to check back often as we evolve.

For Students

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Activate your education.

Explore credit-based experiences that will take you outside the classroom as you discover your unique passions, purpose and professional goals. Connect with project-based learning, service and cultural engagement through:

  • UB Seminars.
  • Global Pathways courses.
  • Short-term study abroad.
  • Mentored research opportunities.
  • Independent studies.

Learn how to incorporate experiential learning into your UB education. Stop by 17 Norton to get started today.

Join Our Student Listserv

For Faculty

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How to bring more to your classroom.

Interested in infusing an existing course with experiential learning activities or have an idea for a new experiential learning course? We offer resources, support and opportunities for faculty from all disciplines. Here’s how:

  • Infusion awards: Support for bringing high-impact learning practices to UB Seminars and other key courses.
  • Fellowship opportunities: Funding and programmatic support to incubate new courses with a focus on Global Pathways and short-term study abroad.
  • Center for Online International Learning (COIL): Connecting faculty with international partners for distance-based collaboration and opportunities.
  • Experiential learning course review and consultation.

Interested in serving as a mentor for high-impact experiential learning?

Join Our Faculty Listserv

Featured Offerings

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Experiential learning seminars.

These courses immerse students in experiential learning and may include field trips, guest speakers and mentored exploration.

  • RLL 199: From Thought to Action: Global Perspectives
  • MGO 199: Entrepreneur Creativity Tools
  • PUB 199 (Section A): The Science of Healthy Living

Un-Office Hours

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Faculty connections matter.

Faculty connections are key to student success, but you may need help getting started. We invite students across all disciplines to meet with our world-class faculty, engage in inspiring conversation and enjoy refreshments at 17 Norton.

Each week, we host Un-Office Hours — informal gatherings to help you:

  • Clarify academic and career goals.
  • Connect with experiential learning opportunities.
  • Explore graduate or professional programs.
  • Grow your network.

Come eager to ask questions, gain a new perspective and engage with others outside your discipline.

Stop by 17 Norton to get connected.

Sophomore Shared Interest Housing

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Live with us in Greiner Hall.

Are you currently a freshman looking for a unique living and learning opportunity during your sophomore year? Dive deep into experiential learning, engage with community mentors, and work on real-world projects and challenges. Live in Greiner Hall with students who are eager to make a difference — just like you.

Benefits include:

  • Participation in team-created projects under the guidance of mentors.
  • Strong connections with faculty members and community leaders.
  • Access to special experiential opportunities.

Applications will be available in November. Visit 17 Norton to learn more.

Connect with Us

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Meet our team.

We’re here to support high-impact learning practices for students and faculty.

Staff (left to right)

  • Charlie Baxter, Program Coordinator
  • Christina Heath, Assistant Director
  • Mara Huber, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Research and Experiential Learning


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