Experiential learning courses consist of supervised experience in an area of specialization that may be conducted either on or off campus with the student making periodic reports to the instructor. These include clinical, practicum, internship, student teaching, and cooperative work experience. They do not include graduate teaching or research assistantships at DU.
Enrollment in experiential learning courses may constitute half- or full-time enrollment for financial aid and other purposes if they are required for the degree and meet minimum academic requirements. Under limited circumstances, tuition and fees for these courses may be billed at reduced rates (such as rates for Continuous Enrollment). These courses must be approved by the Offices of Planning & Budget and Financial Aid. Experiential learning courses that are not billed at standard tuition rates may not be credit-bearing (transcripted).
Enrollment status (e.g., part- or full-time) is based on the number of hours per week in the activity. Although experiential learning courses may or may not bear academic credit, part- or full-time equivalence is based on credit hour equivalents. Experiential learning classes must entail three to seven hours per week per credit hour equivalent. For example, to equate to four credit hours (half-time status at the graduate level), students' activities must be at least twelve hours per week for a ten-week quarter.
Requests for experiential learning courses for which a student's enrollment at the University is reported, but are not billed standard tuition may be submitted through the standard course proposal process. A memo must accompany the course proposal that includes the following:
- A statement that the proposed experiential learning course is to denote enrollment at DU and that it is not credit-bearing or that non-standard tuition and fee assessment is requested.
- A detailed description of the experiential learning course. The description must include the duration of the experience and the range of work and preparation hours entailed per week.
- Documentation of degree requirements reflecting the required experiential learning program.