The Erasmus program has been one of the greatest experiences, if not the greatest, that I have had in my time at USF. Throughout the fall semester, as well as on our short trip in Northern Ireland, I witnessed growth in myself and my peers which I never could have expected. Without sounding cliche, it has truly been a life-changing experience and I eagerly look forward to continuing our studies in the second semester. I could not recommend this program highly enough.”
2018-19 Erasmus Student
Erasmus is a year-long course designed to bring together second and third-year students from various undergraduate majors at USF in a shared learning environment, with the option for community living.
The theme for the Erasmus Program for the 2019-20 academic year is: Conflict and Reconciliation. We are studying the psychological, structural, political, and social causes of conflict and its impacts on a variety of communities both in the Bay Area and beyond. We have also delved into the background of the conflict in Northern Ireland to prepare us for our 10-day immersion trip in January to Belfast and Derry, Northern Ireland.
The first semester focused on understanding conflict, and the Spring term is exploring reconciliation. How do we resolve conflict? What kinds of psychological, cultural, and political changes are needed in order to create peace? Erasmus students are learning theoretical information from the classroom experience, discussing the material as a community, and directly applying information and ideas through various community-based research projects. Over the course of the year, students in the community dive deeper into their understanding of the intertextuality of ethics, service, and justice at local and global levels.
The YEAR-LONG (8-unit) course fulfills
- CORE D: Ethics requirement
- Service Learning requirement
- Politics Elective credit
Students are invited to live in Toler Hall for the year, but must be enrolled in both Fall and Spring semesters of the course in order to live on campus. Students who do not register for the course in the Spring term, or who drop the course before census date in either term will be asked to vacate student housing. They are likewise ineligible to attend the January immersion trip. Students must maintain an overall grade of C+ and complete all assignments to be eligible for the immersion trip.
The IMMERSION TRIP to NORTHERN IRELAND has taken place during early January 2019. Students enrolled in the Spring semester of Erasmus were eligible to attend the immersion trip. The cost for this trip has been approximately $1,350 per person (without airfare). Limited scholarships and grants are available to help defray the cost of the immersion program.
Core Requirements Fulfilled (four units of elective credit earned)
- Ethics (Core D)
- Service-Learning (SL)
Successful applicants may choose to live in the designated space for Erasmus in the Toler Residence Hall or opt to live elsewhere on or off-campus. All community members are required to enroll in the Erasmus courses for both fall and spring semesters.