Office of Undergraduate Advising & Career Services

Discovery Learning Experience

A Discovery Learning Experience (DLE) is discovery-based and experiential learning that involves instructional experiences outside of a traditional class.

All UD undergraduate students must successfully complete at least three DLE credits (as one 3-credit experience or any combination of credits that equal three).

DLE Options 

DLE credits can come from internships, DLE-designated courses, study abroad, service learning, and undergraduate research. More detail on each of these options follows.

Lerner College Internships for Credit

You may request enrollment in one of the following 3-credit internship courses if you’ve obtained an internship of at least 120 hours:


Lerner College DLE-designated Courses

The following Lerner College courses can be taken to satisfy the DLE requirement. 

Each link below opens the course description in the university catalog; the descriptions include any applicable restrictions or prerequisites.


UD Study Abroad

Visit the UD study abroad website to search a database of study abroad options.

UD Service Learning

The UD service learning website provides more information about for-credit service learning opportunities.

UD Undergraduate Research

Visit the UD undergraduate research website to learn more about opportunities to engage in research.

The Lerner College is home to a state-of-the-art financial trading facility, the $1.5 million student-led Blue Hen Investment Club, a student-managed restaurant and hotel, a high-technology development center of a global bank and a start-up experience for students with new business ideas.

Undergraduate scholarships, made possible through the generosity of alumni and friends, enable us to support promising scholars. Here, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and his mother, Leni Markell, join recipients of the William Markell Scholarship (center), which benefits students in Accounting and MIS.

The Institute for Financial Services Analytics is a collaboration between the Lerner College, UD's College of Engineering and JPMorgan Chase, and hosts events for academics and the business community designed to address consumer analytics and industry applications.

All Lerner College departments offer discovery learning experiences and emphasize data-based analytics to enrich the student experience. Here, students at Vita Nova, our award-winning restaurant run through HRIM, joined professional chefs and winemakers in hosting a 2014 Mid-Atlantic Wine and Food Festival event.

Lerner College faculty - like Meryl Gardner, whose research on foods and moods was recently published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology - are thought leaders who command attention from influential business audiences, economists and policy makers.

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