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What is Service-Learning?

Service-Learning is a teaching strategy that integrates course content with relevant community service. Through assignments and class discussions, students critically reflect on the service in order to increase their understanding of course content, gain a broader appreciation of the discipline, and enhance their sense of civic responsibility.
Adapted from the National and Community Service Trust Act

To learn more about what service-learning is, click on the following links to find the service-learning information that is most appropriate for you: Students, Faculty, or Community Partners.

Go to our Resources page for more information about service-learning topics and components. Find journal sources, academic literature, and links to useful websites there.

The Service-Learning Center

The Service-Learning Center at the University of Idaho promotes service-learning as an integral aspect of education and fosters university engagement within the larger community. We provide services, resources, and support to students, student organizations, faculty, and staff desiring to participate in or organize service-learning experiences.


  • Grants for service-learning courses
  • Library of printed and electronic service-learning resources 
  • Staff available to support courses, faculty, students, and community partners 


  • Prezi trainings for Students, Faculty, and Community Partners
  • In-person trainings and professional development workshops
  • Course-specific support
  • Tracking of service-learning courses, activities, and hours

University of Idaho Service-Learning at a Glance

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