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Service-Learning (S-L) is a form of experiential learning for students and a teaching tool for faculty that purposefully integrates academics and service or community-engaged projects to meet classroom and community goals throughout the semester. As part of their coursework, students partner with community-based organizations, non-profit organizations, and government agencies as a way to learn the course material. 

In addition to service-learning courses, the Service-Learning Program supports research related to service-learning and community engagement, as well as publicly-engaged scholarship in partnership with the community.

Housed within the Center of Community Service, Service-Learning at Northeastern facilitates powerful learning experiences, and has been named for the ninth year in a row by U.S. News & World Report as a “stellar example” of institutions for service-learning across the country. NU students become a part of our surrounding neighborhoods where working in diverse teams reinforces the power of inclusion to solve problems. Because experiential learning connects us all in indelible ways, Northeastern has partnered with more than 140 organizations across the Commonwealth and has supported global engagement through service-learning Dialogues. Northeastern’s service-learning coursework exemplifies why Northeastern stands out.

To learn more about the way that partnerships between faculty-led academic courses and community-based organizations are supporting diverse education experiences, visit the Service-Learning website or check out the S-Log, the service-learning blog.


  • Relationships with community partner organizations, community members, and other faculty.
  • Greater awareness of how academic areas of interest relate to social issues.
  • New areas for research and publication, and increased opportunities for professional recognition and reward.
  • Improved student discussion, participation, and engagement of students of all learning styles.

Faculty Support

  • Consultation regarding integrating an S-L component into course curriculum.
  • Support identifying community partners.
  • Access to a student leader to act as an S-L teaching assistant to support classroom and community partnerships.
  • Ongoing workshops and opportunities to participate as a service-learning fellow (co-hosted with the Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning Through Research)