Both domestic and international immersion programs provide powerful cultural exchange opportunities, as well as significant personal growth and reflection. Before the start of the fall semester, and during winter and spring breaks, immersion programs allow students to travel to diverse communities around the United States and the world to work on meaningful projects and discover new cultures and traditions.
While the focus of each program depends on the needs of the host community, all immersion programs aim to expose students to issues of social justice both at home and abroad. The relationships between SHU and the host communities are strong, lasting, and mutually beneficial.
Each year, SHU delegations serve in Bridgeport, Gulf Coast Mississippi and in the Appalachian mountains of West Virginia, exploring issues of poverty and serving those within our own borders.
The commitment of the SHU community to serve others extends beyond the needs of our local neighbors. During spring break, delegations travel to Guatemala, Costa Rica, and El Salvador, where SHU has served for over two decades. International programs allow for deep cultural immersion and exploration of global poverty and the social, economic, and political issues faced by the host community.