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Centre for Experiential Learning

Centre for Experiential Learning

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What is the Centre for Experiential Learning?

The Centre for Experiential Learning (CEL) is dedicated to student success through Work-Integrated Learning (WIL), Career Services (Career Studio), Peer-Supported Learning (PSL), and the Office of Co-Curricular Engagement & Learning (OCCEL). Student learning is enhanced when integrated with academic and experiential education. Services offered by the CEL prepare students for transitioning into life after graduation.

Danielle Johnsrude, Director at Centre for Experiential Learning and Student Engagement


Career Studio

Connecting VIU students from all programs with career resources and employers relevant to their area of study.

Work-Integrated Learning

Work-Integrated Learning

The Centre for Experiential Learning faculty members facilitate Coops and Internships in various VIU programs.

Peer Supported Learning

Peer Supported Learning (PSL)

Peer-Supported Learning (PSL) offers free, regularly scheduled, informal study sessions led by a senior student who has been successful in this course. At its core the PSL program helps students integrate what to learn with how to learn.

Office of Co-Curricular Learning and Engagement

Office of Co-Curricular Engagement and Learning

The Office of Co-Curricular Engagement and Learning engages and supports the student experience, and creates, promotes and recognizes co-curricular activities exercised on campus and within the community.


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Centre for Experiential Resources for VIU Staff

Learn about how the CEL's services can benefit your students!

Career Studio On the Road

Book a Career Studio On The Road Workshop

Bring our dedicated Career Studio staff into the classroom for a career self-discovery workshop.

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Work-Integrated Learning and Career Services 2022 Highlights Report

This annual report highlights general trends and developments over the past year.

View the 2022 Report
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Work-Integrated Learning and Career Services 2021 Highlights Report

View the 2021 Report

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