Cultural Immersion

Expand your horizons

Here’s your opportunity to get first-hand experience with other cultures, communities and customs. Immersion trips may take you down the block, across the country, or to the other side of the world. Some last only a week or two, and some are semester-long courses. Whichever option you choose, you will gain a new perspective and be forever changed by the people you meet and the things you see and do. Transform yourself, your outlook on the world, and your future!

UW-Eau Claire students Ashley Pike (center) and Hannah Apold (right) work with a coffee farmer in Guatemala.

Being immersed in service

Hannah Apold shares her experience on the Winterim 2016 immersion trip to Guatemala.

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Lessons from Selma, enslavement reenactment

Lessons from Selma

History becomes reality for graduate student Dennis Beale as he walks in his ancestors’ footsteps on the Civil Rights Pilgrimage. Dennis shares his experience in Selma, Alabama, and the lessons he will carry with him throughout his life.

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It's not enough for me anymore to learn about the things that people accomplish in the world through books or on the news. Now I want to be a part of it.

Lindsey Merchlewitz | Communications sciences and Disorders | Rushford, MN

What can students gain from taking part in immersion?

  • Cultural competencies employers seek in this global economy
  • New perspective on your own culture and how it relates to the world
  • Appreciation for different ways of thinking and living
  • Appreciation for the similarities diverse cultures share
  • Independence found only by pushing beyond our comforts zones
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