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Experiential Education

Reading about how to play a piano is not the same thing as playing one — and the power of hands-on experience can never be underestimated. This principle is the foundation of everything we do at Merrimack College.

Through many of our countless experiential education opportunities, you can become more immersed in your major and more fully engaged with your studies and the world around you. Experiential education deepens your learning, broadens your perspective and sharpens your understanding of the connection between classroom theory and real-world practice.

Experiential education can take the form of internships and co-ops; student-faculty research; service learning; semester-long and short-term study abroad; practicums; and fellowships. Examples at Merrimack include:

  • The School of Science and Engineering’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Center, where students have an opportunity to share their knowledge of the STEM disciplines with youth in our surrounding communities.
  • Short-term, semester-long and full-year study-abroad opportunities in countries including Italy, Australia, Ireland and China. Study abroad deepens one’s understanding of the global economy and appreciation for multicultural differences.
  • Faculty-led three-week summer sessions in San Gimignano, Italy, where students study Italian culture, art, literature, science or business while earning eight credits toward graduation.
  • The Haiti Serving Learning Initiative, where Merrimack athletic training students trained Haitian allied-health professionals in new ways to assist patients with musculoskeletal conditions.