||The examples and perspective in this article deal primarily with the United States and do not represent a worldwide view of the subject. (August 2011)|
Extracurricular activities or Extra Academic Activity (EAA) are those that fall outside the realm of the normal curriculum of school or university education, performed by students. Extracurricular activities exist at all levels of education, from 4th-6th, junior high (or middle school)/high school, college and university education.
Generally, volunteer activities are not regarded as extracurricular activities.
Such activities are generally voluntary (as opposed to mandatory), non-paying, social, philanthropic (as opposed to scholastic), and often involve others of the same age. Students often organize and direct these activities under faculty sponsorship, although student-led initiatives, such as independent newspapers, are common.
- United States Academic Decathlon
- Student government
- Model United Nations
- World Scholar's Cup
- Moot court
- Model Crime Investigations
- Topic-specific clubs such as math club, Philanthropy Key Club
- Competitions such as the National History Day program & Quiz Bowl
- Political science organizations that moot court, or the publication of a law review
- Internships and other school sponsored work programs
- University societies
- School journalism
- Fan clubs
- Using extracurricular activity as an indicator of interpersonal skill: prudent evaluation or recruiting malpractice, Human Resource Management, Rubin, R.S., Bommer, W.H. & Baldwin, T.T. (2002).
- Extra Curricular Network Australia (ECNA) promotes Extra curricular programs for tertiary students in Australia.