Current Immersion Programs

Summer 2017 Programs

Application Due: April 1st, 2017

July 23 to August 11, 2017
Prof. Sharon

This course examines the relationship between culture and the environment in the unique island setting of Sitka, Alaska. We will learn about the region’s marine and terrestrial environments, its occupation and use by the indigenous Tlingit Indians and by non-Native residents, and contemporary controversies surrounding the appropriate use of its natural resources – its fish, timber, and natural beauty. We will explore Tlingit and Western views of nature and compare their ideas about stewardship and conservation.  We will also learn about current conservation initiatives in the town. The emphasis is on experiential learning through fieldtrips and community engagement.

Information Meeting: Tuesday, November 22, 2016 – 11:45 pm-12:30 pm in KA 365

Minds in Motion. Tacna, Peru (4 Units)
Dates: June 6 - 21st, 2017
Adj. Prof. Natalie J Greene
Working closely with classroom teachers, the USF team creates a series of movement classes for 1st to 6th grades, addressing the curriculum units that each class is studying. In addition, after-school rehearsals are held daily to prepare for an end of session performance. This performance provides a culminating experience and an opportunity to celebrate the creative contribution and personal growth of everyone involved. This course emphasizes that movement and creativity creates new levels of understanding amongst people of different backgrounds and cultures

ARCD 348SL: International Outreach Immersion in Nicaragua (4 units)
May 22nd - June 4th, 2017
Prof. Hana Mori Böttger
This class provides an opportunity for students to engage in design and planning projects in Leon, Nicaragua to best serve the needs of the partnering community. Students engage in a hands‐on building process in the community, working with local residents, business owners and partnering professionals to execute projects in the field. During this intense work period many decisions and adjustments are made, and the realities of the site and local needs are reconciled with the plans and skills of the USF group.

Tropical Restoration Ecology in Borneo, Malaysia (2 - 4 units)
June 10th – June 25th, 2017
Prof. Gretchen Christina Coffman
This field course is designed for both graduate and undergraduate students to learn about the practice of Ecological Restoration as well as the science of Restoration Ecology through hands-on experience in restoring habitat for endangered wildlife in tropical rainforests and riparian ecosystems. In this class, we will meet and work alongside communities concerned with protecting the forest habitat, wildlife and biodiversity while preserving their own livelihood.

THRS 307: Exploring the Buddhist Himalayas in India. (4 units). May 19 – June 11, 2017 (3 weeks).

Prof. Tsering Wangchuk <>

Arrupe Summer Immersion Program