Experiential Learning

Alma College features robust experiential learning options for students that allow you to gain real-world experiences outside of the traditional classroom environment in unique settings around the world. Where will you venture?

College is a great place to explore new things, to figure out who you are or who you want to be. At Alma, we believe your college experience should include the opportunity to pursue something you care deeply about or maybe just to step out of your comfort zone and try something you never imagined.

As part of the Alma Commitment, every student will have an experiential learning opportunity that meets their personal or professional goals, funded by an Alma Venture grant or one of several other college-sponsored grant programs. You will have up to $2,500 to put your classroom learning into practice through a remarkable internship, research fellowship, hands-on clinical experience, off-campus study, campus leadership opportunity or another approved learning experience.

Why have we made this financial commitment? Because we want you to graduate with practical experiences that will prepare you for life after college. So check out the options below and find your adventure.

Spring Term

Alma has a 4-4-1 academic calendar, so after fall and winter terms, you have the opportunity to focus on one course topic for the entire month of May. We call this month “Spring Term,” and many of the courses involve domestic or international travel. Learn more >>

Student Research

At Alma College, your classroom learning comes to life in cutting-edge research experiences. Your laboratory? It’s the whole world! Learn more >>

Scholarship & Internship Opportunities

Need a little help funding your dream research project or study abroad experience? We offer several opportunities to help you take your learning to the next level. Learn more >>

Center for College and Community Engagement

The Center for College and Community Engagement (CCCE) creates collaborative opportunities for the college and community to develop strategic partnerships, share knowledge, and serve mid-Michigan together. The Center’s activities focus on four key areas of concern: engagement, community, sustainability, and purpose. Learn more >>

International & Off-Campus Study

Spend a semester studying in one of 14 countries around the globe or, if you prefer to remain in the United States, study and intern in one of four metropolitan centers: New York, Philadelphia, Chicago or Washington, D.C. Learn more >>

Leadership Programs

Leadership is important to your college experience. On the athletic field, in your fraternity or sorority house, in the classroom, through one of our specialized programs or while on spring break—there’s always an opportunity for you to take the lead. Learn more >>