Experiential Learning

Learn through practical experiences and develop essential skills for life and work.

The experiences you have while at university can be just as essential for your future life and work as what you learn in the classroom. They can foster personal growth, promote social interaction, and provide a platform for personal and professional fulfillment.

You may already be building these skills. That volunteering gig you have, the hobby you invest so much in, your side hustle or even that class project - all of these are experiential learning activities!

Julia Ogon

“Volunteering on campus, and casual work as a swim coach helped me get an internship in Barcelona and a job in Melbourne!"

Julia Ogon – RMIT alumni, 2020 - Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) (Honours)/Bachelor of Industrial Design (Honours)

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RMIT Plus is a structured program that helps you recognise and build on your experiences outside the classroom to develop valuable life and work skills.


Find an Experiential Learning Opportunity

Discover opportunities at RMIT and in the community to build your skills, insights and real work experiences beyond the classroom. The activities featured here have been selected because they provide valuable opportunities for students to build skills, insights and real world experiences that support better professional and personal outcomes.

You can complete these, and many other activities, as part of RMIT Plus, a structured program where you'll get the recognition you deserve!


Learn more about Experiential Learning

Experiential Learning can be defined as ‘learning by doing’ but it is more than this.  

Experiential Learning can be defined as ‘learning by doing’ but it is more than this. Experiencing something in-person, and then reflecting on it, allows learners to link new insights with existing knowledge and ideas, and then apply their expanded understandings in real-world situations. 

At RMIT, best-practice co-curricular learning is modelled on the Experiential Learning Process (Kolb 1984).  

RMIT offers a wide range of co-curricular activities including: 

  • peer/industry mentoring; 
  • entrepreneurship and leadership programs; 
  • cultural events;  
  • “Jobs on Campus”; 
  • career-related networking and events; 
  • competitions, hackathons and challenges;  
  • workshops; 
  • volunteering; 
  • overseas experiences and more. 

The activities encompass a range of ways to participate in the arts, sports, clubs, societies and student life. 

These activities foster personal growth, promote social interaction and provide a platform for self-expression and personal fulfillment as well as supporting the development of a range of generic skills essential for life and work. 

Activities are designed to support learning by providing opportunities to have rich experiences that encourage reflection. They promote learning in ways that are consistent with the Experiential Learning framework and provide opportunities for learners to build RMIT Capabilities beyond the classroom.


Information for Educators

Searching the experiential learning offerings above can help you find experiential learning consistent with IPL requirements, RMIT Capabilities and AAA pedagogy. You can recommend these opportunities to your students, or even work with us to embed in your course. 

Do you offer an experiential learning opportunity that could be featured here? Are you considering embedding an activity in your curriculum?

Contact us

To get in touch, please email us at rmit.plus@rmit.edu.au

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.