What is a Cultural Immersion Experience?
Asbury’s Cultural Immersion Experience is an immersion into another culture, engaging the student in a variety of life-spheres (family, education, religion, art, media, economics, and government). Most experiences will expose the student to cultural dynamics outside of the United States. The experience must be pre-approved by the CCE department and must be of sufficient length and intensity to have an adequate impact upon the worldview of the participant.
Must I travel internationally for my Cultural Immersion Experience?
Most experiences will expose the student to cultural dynamics outside of the United States. This experience may be fulfilled through semester/summer-long study abroad programs, travel courses, mission or volunteer trips, athletic-sponsored service trips, or personal international explorations. Stateside experiences may be approved on a case-by-case basis.
What are my options for completing my Cultural Immersion?
Our students have traveled to over 120 countries and 25 states to fulfill their Cultural Immersion Experience, and they have partnered with over 175 agencies and organizations.
- Location: The location of a student’s Cultural Immersion is determined by the student and must be pre-approved through the Cross-Cultural Engagement office.
- Duration: The minimum duration of the immersive experience is at least 6 nights/7 days.
- Approval: The Cultural Immersion must be submitted and approved by the CCE office prior to departure.
Types of Immersions:
- Study Abroad
- AU Travel Courses
- AU Student Teaching
- AU Athletics
- Missions or Service (with church, ecumenical agencies, mission organizations)
- Medical or Dental Clinics
- English Language Teaching
- Independent Personal Explorations
- International / Third Culture students
- Living Abroad (military, parents in service or business, dual citizenship)
Where Our Students Have Been
Current year Cultural Immersion opportunities
- Beijing, China – MC397 Media Industry, 2022 Winter Olympics – AU Media Communications (travel course) – Jan/Feb 2022
- Navajo Nation, AZ – Word Made Flesh (missions) – Mar 12-19, 2022
- Camden, NJ – Salvation Army (missions) – Mar 12-20, 2022
- Colombia – OMS (missions) – Mar 12-20, 2022
- Galapagos Islands – BO 393 Biogeography, AU Biology (travel course) – May 9-21, 2022
- Germany & Poland – PSY 393 Human Dignity Tour, AU Psychology (travel course) – May 14-25, 2022
- Romania – Word Made Flesh (missions) – May 23 – Jun 6, 2022
- Puerto Rico – AU Athletics (missions) – summer 2022
- England & Scotland – THA 393 Acting at the Globe, AU Media Communications & Theatre (travel course) – Jul 22 – Aug 5, 2022
- Paris, France – AU Paris Semester (study abroad) – Fall 2022
Abroad (samples of previous abroad Cultural Immersions of our AU students)
- Study Abroad Programs:
- Australia (Brisbane) – CCCUGlobalEd
- China (Xi’an, Beijing, Hong Kong) – AU China Study Abroad
- Costa Rica (San Jose) – Latin American Studies Program, Veritas
- England (Oxford) – Summer Programme or Scholars’ Semester, CCCUGlobalEd
- France (Franceville) – Chez Vous Summer Study or Semester Program, Jacques LeFevre Institute
- Ireland (Belfast) – Northern Ireland Semester, CCCUGlobalEd
- Ireland (Galway) – An Tobar Nua,Foundation in Christ Ministries
- Israel (Jerusalem) – Jerusalem University College
- Japan (Tokyo) – Tokyo Christian University
- Jordan (Amman) – Middle East Studies Program, CCCUGlobalED
- Kenya (Nairobi) – Daystar University
- Spain (Seville) – Semester in Spain, Trinity Christian College
- Uganda (Kampala) – Uganda Studies Program, Uganda Christian University, CCCUGlobalEd
- AU Travel Courses:
- Brazil – AU Equine
- Brazil, England, Russia, Europe – AU Journalism, i.e. JRN 393 Journalism in Europe
- China, Russia, South Korea – ED393 International Education, AU Education
- England, Italy – AU Chorale
- Haiti – COM 397 Communication Field Experience, AU Communications
- Italy, Spain – Language & History Tour, AU Ancient & Modern Languages
- Mexico – MC 360 Underwater Cinematography, AU Media Communications
- Russia – JRN 497 Senior Seminar, AU Journalism
- Turkey – NT 393 St. Paul & the Early Church, AU Christian Studies
- Olympics, Media Comm/Journalism – MC397 Media Industry – Tokyo, Japan (20/21), Seoul, South Korea (2018), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2016), Sochi, Russia (2014), London, England (2012), Vancouver, Canada (2010)
- AU Athletic Teams Service Trips – Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, Puerto Rico, South Korea, Trinidad/Tobago
- AU Student Teaching – Australia, Cameroon, Canada, Costa Rica, Italy, Kenya, Malaysia, Senegal, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Uganda
- AU Internships – Canada, China, Haiti, Ireland, Japan, Russia, South Korea, Sweden
- Deese Asbury Initiative Grant – Argentina, China, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Fiji, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, India, Jordan, Kenya, Malawi, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Serbia, Sierre Leone, South Africa, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia Uganda, Ukraine, Yemen, Zambia
- English Language Institute China (ELIC) – Summer Engage (teaching English) – Hong Kong, China, Cambodia, Mongolia
- Medical & dental clinics – Ecuador, El Salvador, Nicaragua, South Korea
Stateside (samples of previous stateside Cultural Immersions of our AU students)
- Atlanta, GA; McAllen, TX – AU Athletics
- Peoria, AZ – Native American Reservation Ministries, WGM
- Golden, MO – Kids Across America
- New York City, NY – Urban Ministries, New Hope Intl
- Navajo Nation, AZ – Word Made Flesh
- Camden, NJ; Philadelphia, PA – The Salvation Army
- South Dakota – Native American Reservation Ministries, The Salvation Army
- AU Travel Courses:
- Chicago, IL; Atlanta, GA – SW293 Urban Ministries/Social Justice, AU Social Work
- Alaska – AU Media Comm
- Independently arranged Cultural Immersions:
- PA – Amish community
- AK – Inuit community
- HI – Polynesian community
- MI – Angel House, Muslim community
- FL – Disney College Program – multi-national community
- NC – Cherokee Nazarene Ministries
How Do I Enroll in CCE150EX?
Are you ready to travel for your CCE150EX Cultural Immersion?
- Make sure you have completed the CCE150 course.
- Complete the Rubric form to determine your proposed Cultural Immersion’s eligibility.
- Complete the Proposal of Intent form to submit your Cultural Immersion proposal for approval. Approval of your Proposal will then enroll you in the CCE150EX course.
REMEMBER, the above 3 steps MUST be completed PRIOR to departure for your Cultural Immersion. If you are not enrolled in CCE150EX with an approved Proposal, the trip you are taking will NOT be eligible for your CCE.
Rubric of Trip Eligibility
Proposal of Intent
Steps for Completing CCE150EX
Upon returning from your Cultural Immersion Experience, complete the assignments as detailed in the CCE150EX course on Discovery:
- Complete the Post-Immersion Assessment
- Complete the final Reflection Paper
Deadline: Assignments for CCE150EX must be completed by midterm of the semester following the Cultural Immersion.