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(Experiential Education & Learning)

Gaining diverse, meaningful experiences as a 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 abroad.

How to Earn ExEL Units

Prior to graduating from NSU, you will need to earn 6 ExEL units which can be accumulated through any of the 6 pillars: Experiential Coursework, Mentored Research, Professional Growth, Community Engagement, Travel Exploration or Undergraduate Leadership. You do not need to earn a unit from each pillar.  Instead, work with your ExEL Career Advisor to select pillars that you are most passionate about and interested in. 

Curricular Opportunities

We have over 120 courses that have been designated ExEL, some of which may be embedded into your major curriculum. These courses fall under the “Experiential Coursework” pillar and each ExEL designated  course you enroll in will earn you 1 “curricular” unit.

All freshman are required to take UNIV 1000 (First-Year Experience) during their first semester at NSU.  Please click on the First-Year Experience tab to learn more about this ExEL designated course.

Experiential Coursework: ExEL Designated Courses

Co-Curricular Opportunities

Although you will earn ExEL units through Experiential Coursework embedded into your curriculum, we encourage you to take advantage and seek opportunities in multiple categories to complete your unit requirement.  This will serve you best and be most fulfilling to your undergraduate journey. Your co-curricular experiences coupled with your degree will truly give you the NSU Edge on graduation day!

Beyond the Classroom: ExEL Designated Co-Curricular Opportunities

ExEL Pillars

  • Mentored Research.
  • Community Engagement.
  • Professional Growth.
  • Travel Exploration.
  • Experiential Coursework.
  • Undergraduate Leadership.
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