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.
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.