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What is REAL?

» Hands-on learning for every VCU student

Welcome to the REAL website! We hope students, faculty, staff, and community partners alike will find these pages to be a valuable digital resource for experiential learning at VCU.

For students

For students, the REAL website provides a central place to find experiential learning experiences, learn what the REAL levels mean, and to ask questions that you need answered.

For faculty and staff

For faculty and staff, this website offers resources for navigating experiential learning during COVID-19, information about the REAL academic regulation, as well as tools for using Student Opportunities Center.

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For community partners

On this website, our community partners can find guidance on hiring and recruiting during COVID-19.

Key partners

Students presenting undergraduate research
Students working in field
Students abroad
Students at state capitol
Students in mock interview
Student meets with advisor
Undergraduate Research
Community Engagement and Impact
Education Abroad
Living-learning programs
Major Maps

Types of REAL activities

A wide variety of academic activities qualify as a REAL experience:

  • Capstone experiences
  • Integrative learning experiences
  • Career exploration and development activities
  • Interprofessional collaboration
  • Civic learning and engagement
  • Leadership education
  • Co-ops
  • Living-learning communities
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation activities
  • Project/performance-based learning
  • Field experiences
  • Practicums/clinical placements
  • Independent studies
  • Research
  • Internship
  • Service learning

Want to learn more?

Ask your academic advisor, or contact us at real@vcu.edu.

At VCU, our goal is not only workforce readiness.

It's WORLD readiness.