Community-based Learning

Community-based learning connects students, faculty, and the wider community. Through placements with community organizations, students deepen their understanding of a faith that does justice. Read More


Through community-based learning, the walls of the classroom are expanded as students learn from neighbors whose reality is often very different from their own.


The Arrupe Weekly Engagement program links SCU classes with more than 50 local community partners.



Juniors and seniors can obtain professional work experience with a community partner for a full year.



Each year approximately 15 students are granted fellowships for a summer community-based learning experience.


Faculty create an essential component of community-based learning by integrating classroom learning with the lived experiences of the community.

Arrupe Engagement | Project-based Learning | Resources

Community Partners

The many organizations that partner with the University provide a variety of opportunities to engage with the local community.

Arrupe Engagement | Resources

Thriving Neighbors Initiative

This new initiative establishes a committed relationship between the University and the Greater Washington Community of San Jose.

The SCU Experience

Faith, Justice, and the Intellectual Life

As an interdisciplinary Center of Distinction, the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education serves the core vision and mission of Santa Clara University. More About the Center

Morgan Autism Center 


Santa Clara University partnership enables acceptance of those with autism

Santa Clara University students are stepping off campus and signing into Morgan Autism Center’s Adult Program for valuable real-life lessons around social justice. Read More


A Life of Faith & Courage


As we commemorate a variety of anniversaries in El Salvador, including the 35th Anniversary of the assassination of Oscar Romero, Anthony Ferrari, '15 shares reflections and a translation of Rutilio Grande's Sermon de Apopa.