Staying safe in off-campus experiences

Please see our guidelines for staying safe in off-campus experiences for information relevant to students, faculty/staff, and campus partners.


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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.

SOC Office Hours: Ask questions, get help

VCU REAL will be hosting monthly SOC office hours to provide an overview of the Student Opportunity Center platform. Feel free to drop in and ask questions about how this tool can help you!

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.

See presentation to Faculty Senate on REAL requirement »

For community partners

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

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

At VCU, our goal is not only workforce readiness.

It's WORLD readiness.

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