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Immersion Locations

Spring Break Immersions

Winter Break Immersions

Summer Immersions

Arizona Border
Delve into the complex issue of immigration.

San Francisco, California
See a different side of San Francisco and the issue of homelessness.

New Orleans, Louisiana
See the impact of Katrina and the continuing challenges in education and race relations.

San Jose, California
Learn about homelessness in SCU's backyard and the work of local agencies to combat poverty.

Appalachia, West Virginia
Learn about community development, culture, and environmental issues in the region.

Redwoods Monastery
A peak into monastic life, with focus on prayer and the relationship between nature and spirituality. 

Los Angeles, California
Learn about local community response to issues of poverty, education, and gang violence.

Oakland, California
Engage with issues of leadership and the social challenges and graces faced by the community in inner city Oakland.

El Salvador
Learn about the issues impacting this small country and its deep relationship with the US and SCU.

Class of 2021 - San Jose, California
Learn about homelessness in SCU's backyard and the work of local agencies to combat poverty.

Mumbai, India
Engage both urban and rural communities in the world's second most populated country.

Delve deeply into the daily workings of one community in Ecuador.

Cholula, Mexico
Learn from and with indigenous communities about politics, culture, and spirituality. 

Immersion Cost and Fundraising

The student cost indicated for each immersion, joint with Ignatian Center funds, will cover all food, lodging, and transportation (including airfare) associated with the trip.

Included in the online application is the opportunity to request financial aid for those students with demonstrated financial need. Financial aid requests are coordinated with the support of the Financial Aid office and the Ignatian Center staff is then able to follow up with individual requests from students. We do not want monetary limitations to prevent any student from participating on an immersion trip. Please contact us if you feel you have financial difficulties that might hinder your participation.

All international immersion students will be asked to participate in a group letter-writing campaign to raise funds. We will ask that you send 15 letters to extended family and friends requesting program support. This is both a way to make the program more sustainable and accessible to more students and to engage your community, sharing the significance of the trip and partnering with them in this endeavor. Direction and support will be given in pre-trip meetings.

Dominican Republic
Learn about the country from a human, economic, social, cultural and historical perspective.

Application Process 

  • The application for Winter Break 2017 trips is closed.
  • The application for the Spring Break 2018 trips are open until January 24th at 3:00pm.
  • The application for the Class of 2022 Summer San Jose Immersion will open in July 2018.
  • The application for the Jean Donovan Fellowship can be found here.

Selected participants will be expected to attend 4–5 pre-trip meetings and a pre-trip weekend retreat,  as well as 3 post-trip meetings upon return.