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 international immersion course application window is now closed. We will continue to accept applications for the Waco Immersion until the course roster is filled.

Spring Term immersion students are required to attend a mandatory orientation class prior to departure. Exact date and location to be determined.

Spring Term 2016 immersion course applications will be accepted by the GTE Office in Selecman 303 D beginning 9:00am on November 4, 2015. All applications must be received no later than 5:00pm December 1, 2015. 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.

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 (tentative dates January 5— 10, 2016) » Homeless Persons Student Immersion: Waco, Texas —
  Division IV: Dr. Hugo Magallenes

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

Spring Break 2016

• Cuba Student Immersion: Havana, Matanzas (tentative dates March 4—14, 2016) —
  Division II: Dr. Carlos Cardoza-Orlandi ; Course Expectations and Information

• El Salvador Student Immersion (tentative dates March 4—14, 2016) —
  Division IV: Dr. Hal Recinos

China Student Immersion: Hong Kong, Wenzhou, Beijing (tentative dates March 3— 14, 2016) —
  Division I: Dr. Sze-kar Wan ; Itinerary

Summer 2016

May 10 - 20, 2016 » United Methodist Church General Conference Student Immersion: Portland, Oregon —
  Division IV: Dr. William B. Lawrence, Dean of Perkins School of Theology and Bishop D. Max Whitfield

January 2017

• J-Term: January, 2017 » Palestine/Israel Student Immersion — 
  Division II: Dr. Robert Hunt

Spring 2017

March, 2017 » El Salvador Student Immersion (exact dates to be determined) —

  Division IV: Dr. Hal Recinos

Summer 2017

May, 2017 » Greece/Turkey Student Immersion (exact dates to be determined) —
  Division I or II: Dr. Jaime Clark-Soles

May, 2017 » Iona/Lindisfarne Student Immersion (exact dates to be determined) —
  Division IV: Dr. Elaine Heath



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)


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