Explore the Value of Inclusive Experiential Learning with CIELO

Making experiential learning programs accessible and affordable by providing short trips, scholarships, and additional funding.

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CIELO students posing for a picture in Bali. In front of a temple

What is CIELO?

The Cultural & Inclusive Experiential Learning Opportunities (CIELO), formerly known as Global Experiential Learning (GEL) integrates travel, multicultural education, and service learning to empower students with knowledge and skill sets to utilize as they continue their careers at UArizona and beyond.

CIELO actively seeks to provide a valuable holistic student experience in the form of short-term trips both domestic and abroad. Themes of interdisciplinary learning through civic engagement, cultural immersion, environmental justice, and social equity are explored through CIELO programming.

Our mission is to make experiential learning programs accessible and affordable providing short trips, scholarships, and additional funding. Focus on social justice, environmental justice, cultural/identity exploration, and service learning. And offer a tiered structure inclusive of local, domestic, and international programming.


CIELO Students and Staff members on a trip to Ghana, visiting a waterfall


Applications to become a CIELO program faculty/staff facilitator for 2023-2024 are currently closed. Please direct any questions to CIELO Director Dan Xayaphanh at


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CIELO is located in Room 411 at the Student Union Memorial Center (Fourth Floor).

Address: 1303 E. University Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85719