Center for Engaged Learning

Preparing students through real-world experience, exploration and reflection


Learn, apply, reflect

No matter the area of interest, real-world experience and reflection enable students to apply their education to their daily lives – giving them a leg up on others as they leave campus to pursue careers or further their education.

The Center for Engaged Learning (CEL) collaborates with campus, community, and industry partners to expand engaged learning opportunities for undergraduate students inside and beyond the classroom. The CEL celebrates diversity and pursues equitable opportunities for all students to participate in high-quality experiences.

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What is engaged learning?

Students apply their knowledge to expand and deepen their skillset by participating in concrete experiences beyond the classroom which require reflection, perspective taking, critical thinking, and active exploration.

From our students

Engaged learning examples

Undergraduate research & creative activity


Cooperative education

Community service

Clinical education

Student teaching


Field experience

Study abroad

Competition teams

ROTC Army |  Air Force

Capstone projects

Student government

Student organizations


Made possible through partnership

Central to the success of an engaged learning experience is the access to and quality of opportunities provided to students. The Center comprises two offices, the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity and the Office of Experiential Learning. These offices—along with other campus partners—connect students with engaged learning activities, such as internships, community engagement, study abroad, and academic courses with an engaged learning component.

Industry partners

We also partner with local and national employers, who gain early access to UofL students for learning opportunities that could lead to future employment. Contact us to learn more about our industry partnership opportunities.

Community partners

We partner with community groups to increase student participation in community service activities. Students can help propel your organization's mission by bringing diverse perspectives and skill sets to your cause. Contact us to learn more about engaging students with your community project.

Faculty partners

We want to know about your current experiential learning or undergraduate research opportunities. Haven’t started yet? We’re ready to help with training and resources which are provided in collaboration with the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning and the Office of Community Engagement. Contact us to learn more about including an experiential learning opportunity in your course.


UofL opens the Center for Engaged Learning

UofL’s Center for Engaged Learning invests in student success beyond the classroom

The University of Louisville celebrated its strong ties to the community Oct. 18, with the opening of the Center for Engaged Learning (CEL)...


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Center for Engaged Learning

University of Louisville

Louisville, KY 40208