Service Learning

If you want to use what you learn in a classroom to help communities in need and if you like making meaningful connections with diverse people, service learning study abroad is for you. You can make a difference in your chosen host region and engage fully with the local culture and people while earning credit toward your degree.

What is service learning?

Service learning is normally one component of a program that offers additional coursework. The type of credit earned for academic service learning is based on the program through which each placement is arranged. Tuition or fees for service learning are determined by the program that arranges the placement. See program information for further details.  Many programs also offer non-credit volunteering and service learning opportunities for students interested in experiencing the host community outside of coursework.

    The service learning opportunities we offer are very diverse with regards to structure and are available on exchange, affiliated and faculty-led programs during the summer, fall and spring semesters. We work with approximately 30 programs that offer academic service learning opportunities, giving our students access to a wide variety of experiences world-wide.

    Learn more about Projects with Under-served Communities (PUC) and additional service learning opportunities below.

    Projects with Under-served Communities (PUC)

    Learn about a unique program at that combines the two challenges of community need and student enrichment in an innovative project-based, service-learning collaboration between the International Office, the Cockrell School of Engineering and the School of Social Work. 

    Special Service Learning Options

    Browse a variety of academic service learning opportunities for UT students ranging from four weeks to a semester in countries across the globe, including a number of programs that incorporate a group of UT students led by UT faculty.