Global Immersions

When the heart is touched by direct experience, the mind may be challenged to change.

-- Peter Hans Kolvenbach

Video Transcript

 

USF offers many opportunities for students to travel and study abroad. Through our Global Immersion programs, students are engaged in the pursuit of justice through dynamic experiences, depth of thought, imagination, and spiritual reflection. All Global Immersions have the Jesuit’s Mission of Social Justice focusing on academic and mindful growth.

The Global Immersion Programs are short-term study abroad programs designed to help students understand cultural differences and prepare them to live and work in a multicultural world. Our goal is to provide students with the necessary tools to shape a humane and just world.

Programs are either credit or credit-free, but generally, participating will have some credits counted towards graduation. Students are responsible for all fees involved, such as tuition charges, program fees, and personal expenses (flights, housing, meals, visa, supplemental health insurance, etc.). Scholarship and financial opportunities are available for different immersions from time to time.
 

The programs we offer are:

  • Academic Immersions: We work with the Deans and Faculty from each school (Nursing, Education, Management Schools, and the College of Arts & Sciences) to facilitate international service and internship programs. Our Academic Immersions are led by a faculty member and are usually linked to a class. Learn more about Academic Immersions
  • Arrupe Immersions: Organized by the University Ministry, we provide undergraduate students with short-term opportunities to live, work, and reflect in a socioeconomic environment that is different from their own and to begin asking difficult questions. Our Arrupe Immersions are offered in spring intersession and spring break.  Learn more about Arrupe Immersions
  • Erasmus Communities: We give students the opportunity to dialogue with people working in direct service roles through a two-week immersion to marginalized regions.