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Immersion Experiences

Improving student intercultural competence

At UW-Eau Claire, we believe that providing opportunities to engage in intercultural experiences outside the classroom offers students the opportunity to challenge and transform their perspectives regarding cultural norms and values. Within the framework of a guided, critically-reflective intercultural experience, and through dialogue and relationship building, students become more aware of multiple perspectives.

Immersion programs 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.

Embark. Explore. Engage.

At UW-Eau Claire, finding opportunities to break out of your comfort zone and discover something new are not hard to come by. And one of the many ways you can explore the world around you is through immersion programs.

Immersion experiences offer you the chance to travel near and far, exploring history and community alongside your peers and faculty. The conversations that come from these incredible learning experiences help students identify the connection between what is going on in the world around them and the role that they will play in society. From criminal justice and political science to communication and journalism, every major can benefit from participating in an immersion experience. 

Hear more from students about their one-of-a-kind experiences and how they not only changed their lives — but also changed the world around them.

What can students gain from taking part in immersion?

  • Cultural competencies employers seek in this global economy
  • A 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

Without a doubt, my internship and cultural immersion experience was the most powerful component of my college career.

Morgan Gerke Latin American Studies

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Intercultural Immersion in the U.S.

The Domestic Intercultural Immersion program provides students with a high-impact practice that helps prepare them to take part in an increasingly diverse and interconnected world.

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Nicaragua Immersion

Faculty-led International Immersions

UWEC faculty and staff have envisioned, created and led many wonderful international immersion programs for students. Don't miss your chance to lead or participate in this global experience.

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UW-Eau Claire students coach Moldoovan students in journalism skills

International Student-Faculty Research

The International Fellows Program is funded by a Blugold Commitment Grant and supports international student-faculty research and other creative activity.

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