Work Experience

Plan your course

Build a custom Applied Study course based on employment (volunteer or paid), that relates to your field of study and an Applied Studies Instructor approves. 

To build a Work Experience course (3 credit course) you must secure a work (paid or volunteer) experience over a semester (12 weeks) working a minimum of 120 hours. In addition to completing placement hours, you submit monthly reports, learning objectives, participate in a monitor visit, and complete a final project. 

All Work Experience courses are classified as an elective course for you program planning. 

You may take a max of 2 in each area during your degree(s). 

Applied Studies 2000/2001

Create a Pass/Fail course exploring a program associated work experience (paid/volunteer) and relate it to your professional development

Applied Studies 2010/2011

Create a graded course exploring a program associated work experience (paid/volunteer) with a related final project


An Applied Studies course costs the same as any other 3-credit course on campus.  Find out more about University of Lethbridge tuition.


Academic Requirements

  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Second-year standing (a minimum 30.0 successful credit hours)
  • Currently International students are unable to apply for Applied Studies

Placements may be arranged on your own, or through the MyExperience under the Applied Studies Job Board.


Course Components 

  • Develop Learning Objectives and course syllabus
  • Submit monthly reports to your Applied Studies Instructor
  • Participate in Monitor Visit (virtual or on-site)
  • Employer submits a Student Performance Evaluation


Learning Plan

This document details learning objectives, a comprehensive paper/project proposal and list of potential resources. This must be signed by the your faculty supervisor


Grading and Evaluation

Applied Studies 2000/2001 is graded as either a pass or fail. You must receive a passing mark by your employer, complete the minimum amount of placement hours, and submit all the required reports/projects, and monitor visit in order to pass. If course requirements are not fulfilled, a grade of “F” will appear on the your transcript.  

Applied Studies 2010/2011 is a graded course and is weighted with 20% from your employer evaluation and 80% with your reports/projects and monitor visit.  

Before you start

Start building your own course by consulting with an Applied Studies Instructor and checking your program planning guide.

Connect with Applied Studies Instructor 

Learn more and discuss your proposal for an Applied Studies course.  

Book an appointment 

Check your Program Planning Guide

Review your Program Planning Guide to check availability for Applied Studies course in your program.

Talk to your Advisor