Experiential Learning

Transformative Learning

At Houghton, we believe in providing you with opportunities to take what you are learning in the classroom and apply it in real time to solve real-world problems – readying you for your future career and vocation.

Experiential learning opportunities are built into the curriculum of every academic program at Houghton, and can include hands-on courses, research experiences, study abroad programs, internships and more.

Study Off-Campus

Live in Rwanda, Africa for a semester and learn about community development and reconciliation in the wake of the 1993 genocide. Experience Thailand for a semester in southeast Asia and learn about social justice issues, such as human trafficking. Take a three- three-week class abroad in Central America, South America, or Europe.

Off-Campus Studies


Houghton students apply their academic learning to real-world work settings through internships in local and global settings. These experiences allow students to explore career interests and build their professional network, sometimes resulting in jobs immediately following graduation.


Through collaborative research opportunities, students address the deep needs and issues of the world through firsthand, transformative experiences. Guided by faculty mentors, students are actively involved in the entire research process – from defining the problem, developing solutions, and even presenting their findings at regional and national conferences.