Arrupe Immersion Programs provide students, faculty and staff short term opportunities to live, work, and reflect in economically marginalized communities domestically and internationally. Limited scholarships are available for all programs. 

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Arrupe Immersion Intercession Locations

World Youth Day In Poland

July 15-August 1, 2016

Join University Ministry and MAGIS as we travel to Krakow, Poland for the 2016 World Youth Day. World Youth Day is an international meeting of youth from all over the world who gather together in one place with their catechists, priests, bishops, and the pope in order to profess faith in Jesus Christ.

MAGIS is a meeting of young people (aged 18-30) from all over the world who are interested in Ignatian spirituality. The program offers an opportunity to share a unique experience at three distinct levels: individual growth, relationships with God and others, and intercultural dialogue.

Cost:  $483 + flight costs + recommended $200 for additional expenses

Sports Serving Communities in Peru

January 4-12, 2016

This immersion focuses on learning how sports equip people to serve and transform their community. Since sports provide a powerful way of connecting people with one another whatever age, gender or background, we will be meeting with teams and organizations providing youth-at-risk, and their families, opportunities to grow and develop in a healthy environment.

Option 1: $1200 (Only Lima)
The fee does not cover international flight. The fee covers all meals, food, and transportation within Lima.

Option 2: $2,000 (Lima + Cusco)
The fee covers the cost of hotels, meals, transportation in Cusco and all the costs related to visit Machu Picchu.

Arrupe Spring Break Locations


Students will explore the impacts on communities made in order to harvest Appalachia's coal, natural gas, and wind to feed the energy needs of the region, nation, and world. Participants gain an appreciation for the complexity of these issues and perform a valuable service centered around the environment.  The unique and objective education, coupled with daily reflections, result in a "call to action." 

Cost: $350, plus the cost of flights


Participants will take in an immersion trip to Colombia where they will learn about the social justice organizations based in the cities of Cali and Buga.  Students will be encouraged to reflect on what social justice implies in the treatment of people and the environment.  The comprehensive list of activities, lectures and sites, will give students a well-rounded understanding of their social responsibility in the world.  The goal is that we return to campus motivated to "change the world from here.

Cost: $1100, plus the cost of flights


May 23-30, 2015

Participants will take part in an immersion trip to Colombia where they will learn about healthcare issues and models based in the city of Cali, Colombia. Students will be encouraged to reflect on what social justice implies in the context of national healthcare issues and options in Colombia. The comprehensive list of activities, lectures, and sites will give students a well-rounded understanding of healthcare in Colombia and how this topic connects to their social responsibility in the world. Participants will be housed on the Javeriana University campus, a Jesuit university located in Cali. Colombia. The goal is that we return to USF motivated to "change the world from here." 

Cost: $1100, plus the cost of flights

Applications for the Colombia Immersion for May 2015 are now closed.

Dominican Republic

Students on the Dominican Republic Immersion trip will focus on the injustices that Dominicans of Haitian descent are currently facing. They will learn about the efforts of the staff at Centro Bono, who work tirelessly with this population to promote social justice. 

Cost: $1100, plus the cost of flights


Students will travel to Puebla and visit with immigrants on journeys along the migration routes throughout Mexico. We will also visit local community centers and meet children and families displaced by economic injustices. The focus of the trip is gaining a deeper understanding of the lives and experiences of both immigrants and those living in the communities through which they travel.

Cost: $900, plus the cost of flights


The Nicaragua Immersion focuses on children at risk, so we will be working with the Jesuit University (UCA) and different organizations to understand the situation of children when they live in the streets of Managua, have to work to survive, are immigrating, are victims of violence, etc. We will be visiting shelters, schools and neighborhoods that will help us connect with the communities directly and frame our experiences. 

Cost: $1100, plus the cost of flights


Students will be working with a group called Generacion, which provides shelter and support for the street children of Lima. The kids are often victims of neglect, poverty, sexual abuse and sex trafficking, HIV/AIDS, and other injustices. We will spend our days in the shelters working with the children and engaging in activities, and most importantly learning from them. 

Cost: $1250, plus the cost of flights


Students learn about the consequences of Operation Condor, a campaign of political repression and terror involving intelligence-operations and assassination of opponents, officially implemented in 1975 by the right-wing dictatorships of the Southern Cone of South America. In order to understand this campaign, and the role of the US, the group will connect with university students and organizations that are currently working on memory, justice and reconciliation. 

Cost: $1000, plus the cost of flights

Arrupe Justice Immersion Summer

The Arrupe Justice Immersions are opportunities for USF students to learn and be in solidarity with people living on the margins in terms of social, economic, political and environmental status. 

The immersion programs attempt “to educate for solidarity within a globalized world and to experience the nitty-gritty reality of that world” by combining academic, experiential, and reflective experiences that are based on the Jesuit ideal of observing, reflecting, analyzing, and acting (The Circle of Praxis).

The Arrupe Justice Immersions provide a focused and firm foundation for future generations of ethical professionals – people who care about the future of our planet, our people, peace, and the common good and wish to be involved in changing conditions of inequity.  As such, the Arrupe Justice Immersions aim to support our University’s goal: to change the world from here. For further information on Arrupe Justice Immersions contact Kique Bazan at

Contact Info

University Ministry

Phelan Hall, Lower Level
2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 422-4463