Education at KSU goes beyond textbooks, lectures, and the walls of a classroom. The Office of Experiential Education and Civic Engagement (OEECE) strives to promote a culture of active and engaged learners by integrating opportunities for students to apply theories and knowledge into real world experiences. OEECE cultivates civic involvement and community building across Kent State, the surrounding community, and the globe.
Through one-time and ongoing volunteer opportunities, course-based experiences, paid internship and co-op learning programs, and undergraduate student research, OEECE hopes to foster a deeper understanding of course content and civic commitment in students.
Volunteer & Serve
Choose from a variety of opportunities to volunteer and learn about social justice issues. Super Service Saturdays and the Campus Kitchen project offer students the chance to support local agencies. The Alternative Spring Break and Urban Plunge trips incorporate social responsibility, service, and activism while immersing students in a new environment. Students who participate gain a global perspective while exploring issues such as poverty, homelessness, gentrification, and sustainability.
Experiential Learning Requirement (ELR)
The ELR requires all KSU students to have at least one form of experiential learning during their academic tenure at KSU. Experiential learning involves hands-on engagement, the application of knowledge and theories, and an integral reflection component. Students can complete their ELR in various ways, including course-based and non-course-based activities.
Paid Learning Experiences
Students are offered the opportunity to gain real-world experience through off-campus Federal Work Study jobs and a Cooperative Education (Co-op) program. Besides earning a paycheck, students develop professional skills and network with employers. Both full-time and part-time experiences are available.
Ranked among the nation's top public research universities, KSU encourages undergraduate students to work closely with faculty members to engage in scholarly research. Research in the sciences, arts, humanities, and social sciences is a great way to develop a student's resume, collaborate with others, and contribute to growth in their field of interest.
National Student Exchange (NSE)
Since 1968 the National Student Exchange (NSE) provides opportunities for undergraduate students to study for one semester or one academic year at another NSE member college or university. You can choose from more than 180 colleges and universities to meet your personal interests and academic needs. NSE campuses extend beyond the borders of the United States to include U.S. territories and Canadian Provinces.