Work Integrated Learning creates an important bridge for a student immersed in the world of academia towards his/her transition into a professional role post-graduation. Work Integrated Learning provides a way for a student to apply theoretical knowledge from his/her academic training to “real-world” professional practical experiences. Student participation in Work Integrated Learning develops relevant professional skills under the framework of reflection and discernment of professional paths a student may pursue after graduating. Work Integrated Learning always consists of mutually-beneficial partnerships between student, a work place institution and the university.
Work Integrated Learning at the University of Portland consists of the types of learning – experiential learning, research based learning, clinical experiences, student teaching, cooperative education, and service learning. Under each type of learning, the University of Portland offers a variety of programs of delivery for students to engage in during their course of study.