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Immersion Vanderbilt calls for each undergraduate student to participate in an intensive learning experience that takes place in and beyond the classroom and culminates in the creation of an academic product. Students will engage in a civic and professional, creative expression, international, or research immersion experience. Examples include writing and producing a musical, studying the workings of cells in a lab, traveling to Guatemala to repair medical equipment, or working on a project designed to understand human behavior.
The faculty-driven executive and steering committees of the 2013-14 Strategic Planning process originally proposed the Immersion Vanderbilt program. In those many conversations, faculty members identified this initiative as a cornerstone for how the university must educate global citizens in the 21st century. It is critical that Vanderbilt students leave campus with an appreciation of broad, diverse perspectives. It is also becoming increasingly important that students learn how to produce new information by pursuing learning both in and beyond the classroom and allows them to seek solutions to pressing problems facing society.
Learn more about this initiative by visiting the Immersion Vanderbilt website.
Committees and Subcommittees
The Immersion Vanderbilt Committee advises and consults on the development and implementation of this critical initiative from the Academic Strategic Plan. The committee membership for the past three years is provided here.
In 2015-2016, the Laboratory Science Immersion Subcommittee was changed with developing the basic outlines of a natural science immersion experience for Vanderbilt undergraduate students, including prerequisites to a laboratory and criteria for such an “immersion” experience.
Also in 2015-2016, the Faculty Advisory Council on International Education was charged with developing a definition of immersion that provided meaningful measures for immersion-appropriate study abroad. The group was also charged with making recommendations for a process of reviewing existing Study Abroad programs to identify "immersion-ready" programs that students may select.