2015–2016 Immersion Courses

GTE Immersions for 2015–2016

Perkins School of Theology

Participants in immersion courses are required to attend a designated GTE Orientation session.

J-Term 2016 immersion course applications will be accepted by the GTE Office beginning at 9:00am on August 24, 2015. All applications must be received no later than September 15, 2015, 5:00pm. All applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis. Spaces are limited, so you are encouraged to apply early. A waiting list will be created if we have more applicants than we have room for.

J-Term immersion students are required to attend a mandatory orientation class scheduled for November 16, 2015 from 4 to 9pm at Perkins. Exact location to be determined.

Spring Term 2016 immersion course orientation will be announced soon. Please check regularly for updates. 

All immersions outside the U.S. require a U.S. passport valid for six months following the ending date of the immersion. No application will be accepted without a copy of a valid U.S. passport.

For inquiries about the academic content and travel schedules of immersions, please contact the faculty member in charge.

Application forms (for submission to the Global Theological Education office): Immersion Application Form

For all other inquiries, contact the Global Theological Education office, globaltheology@smu.edu.

No advance applications will be accepted.

January 2016

• J-Term (dates to be announced) » Homeless Persons Student Immersion: Waco, Texas —
  Division IV: Dr. Hugo Magallenes

• J-Term: January 3–16, 2016 » Palestine/Israel Student Immersion — 
  Division I: Dr. Jaime Clark-Soles

Spring Break 2016

• Cuba Student Immersion (dates to be announced) —
  Division II: Dr. Carlos Cardoza-Orlandi

• El Salvador Student Immersion (dates to be announced) —
  Division IV: Dr. Hal Recinos

Summer 2016

China Student Immersion: Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing (dates to be announced) —
  Division I: Dr. Sze-kar Wan

• United Methodist Church General Conference Student Immersion: Portland, Oregon (dates to be announced) —
  Division IV: Dr. William B. Lawrence, Dean of Perkins School of Theology and Bishop D. Max Whitfield

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RECENT IMMERSIONS

May 2015

• May 17–31, 2015 » South Africa Student Immersion —

Division IV: Dr. Evelyn Parker

January 2015

• January 3–14 » Palestine/Israel Student and Alumni/ae Immersions —

Division II: Dr. Robert Hunt and Dr. Jaime Clark-Soles  

• January 13–18 » Homeless Immersion in Waco —

Division IV: Dr. Hugo Magallanes

Summer 2014

• May 18–24 » Oklahoma Student Immersion: Exploring Native Peoples —

Division IV: Dr. Elaine Heath [Syllabus (PDF)]

Spring Break 2014

• El Salvador Student Immersion —

Division IV: Dr. Hal Recinos

January 2014

• December 29, 2013 – January 14, 2014 » Palestine-Israel Immersion —

Division II: Dr. Robert Hunt | View Schedule (PDF)

Summer 2013 

• May 20 – June 4 » Taizé, France Immersion —

Division IV: Dr. Heidi Miller and Dr. Michael Hawn

• May 31 – June 17 » South Africa Immersion —

Division IV: Dr. Evelyn Parker

Spring Break 2013

• March 8–17 » Cuba Immersion —

Division II: Dr. Carlos Cardoza-Orlandi

January 2013

• China Immersion — Division I: Dr. Sze-kar Wan

• Nepal Immersion — Division II: Dr. Ruben Habito

• Waco Immersion — Division IV: Dr. Hugo Magallanes


January 2012

Palestinian Territories/Israel — January 2–19, 2012: Christianity in the Holy Land (Dr. Valerie Karras)

Waco, Texas January 9-15, 2012: Experiencing a Culture of Homelessness/Christian Community Development Immersion Class

(Dr. Hugo Magallanes)

Summer 2011

    Taizé, France — May 15–30, 2011: Worship in an Ecumenical European Tradition (Dr. Michael Hawn and Dr. Mark Stamm)

    South Africa — July 24 – August 7, 2011: Stories of the People of South Africa (Dr. Evelyn Parker and Dr. Alyce McKenzie)

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Immersion courses are open to all Perkins students and to non-student auditors.