The University of San Francisco: Center for Global Education
USF students crossing Turk Street from Lomo

Immersion Programs



Culture and Environment in Sitka, Alaska (4 Units)
July 21 – August 10
Sharon B Gmelch
This course examines the relationship between culture and the environment in the unique island setting of Sitka, Alaska. The course will contrast and compare "Native American" and "Western" philosophies of nature. We will immerse ourselves in these philosophies by studying the area's terrestrial and marine environments and by specifically focusing on some of the controversies surrounding the use of natural resources by the Tlingit tribe and the non-Native residents of Sitka. Watch this video

English Minga in the Ecuadorian Amazon
(SOE - 3 Grad Units)
June 16 – 30th
Susan Katz
This graduate course is designed to become immersed in Achuar way of living and to work with Achuar teachers to develop an Achuar-centric English language curriculum, helping them attain their goal of self-sufficiency.

Minds in Motion (Tacna, Peru)
May 28th – June 16th
Natalie J Greene
Working closely with classroom teachers, the USF team creates a series of movement classes for 1st to 6th grades, addressing the curriculum units that each class is studying. In addition, after-school rehearsals are held daily to prepare for an end of session performance. This performance provides a culminating experience and an opportunity to celebrate the creative contribution and personal growth of everyone involved. This course emphasizes that movement and creativity creates new levels of understanding amongst people of different backgrounds and cultures

Puebla, Mexico (School of Nursing) (4 Units)
May 23 - June 20
Meera Nosek 
Through immersing themselves into the culture of Mexico with a focus on language, culture, and health care systems, students will gain a rich understanding of the culture, disparities, and mechanisms for change.  The terminal outcome for this course is designed to develop nurses who can better understand the culture of the Mexican people in order to provide culturally competent care.  Additionally, through exploration of health care systems in public, private, community, and rural sectors, students will discover disparities in health care systems and determine how they relate. 

The Ethiopian Health and Education System (School of Nursing) (4 Units)
July 31 - August 31, 2015
Jason T. Speaks
This is a 20 day health provision, education, and cultural immersion program based in Aleto Wondo, Ethiopia that will expose participants to the culture, health care systems, health needs, educational needs, traditions, languages, and beliefs of people living in Ethiopia.  We will work with rural and urban populations as we explore and provide both modern and traditional health care and education to adults and children.

Asian Pacific Communities in Hawai’i: Critical Issues Past and Present (4 Units)
July 18 - Aug. 16
Evelyn Ibatan Rodriguez
In this course, we critically examine the historical and contemporary experiences of various peoples of Hawai‘i. We focus on the ways peoples come to see, know, enact, and practice individual and collective senses of self that are both structurally and self-.‐defined along the axes of race/ethnicity, culture, history, gender, class, land, and residence. Knowing one’s sense of self and place in Hawai‘i is particularly relevant as indigenous claims for land and sovereignty, state and national political restructurings, and global flows of knowledge, capital and bodies mystify prior ways of understanding “local” identities. Apply Here: