Global Theological Education Immersions

Effective Leadership in a culturally complex world requires a combination of Cultural Intelligence and cross-cultural experience. The Perkins Global Theological Education Program prepares Christian leaders for culturally complex churches and communities. Through seminars and significant immersion experiences in other cultures we prepare our students for lifelong growth in cultural intelligence and cross-cultural competence. Students gain firsthand experience in building intercultural relationships, resolving cultural conflicts, and guiding intercultural ventures.

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READ THIS FIRST: You cannot register for an immersion outside the US unless you have a valid passport in your possession. Registrations must be accompanied by a photocopy or scan of a valid US passport.

Registrations for 2021 Immersions will be accepted beginning August 19th, 2021. Registration for J-Term, 2021 immersions closes Sept 30, 2020. Registration for Spring Break 2021 immersions closes Oct. 30th, 2020. Registration for Summer Term immersions closes Jan. 30th, 2021.  

 GTE Registration forms are available upon request to the director: roberth@smu.edu

Travel Stipends are available on the basis of need and availability of funds. Complete information is found on the GTE Registration Form. 

 

January 2021

  • The Borderlands Immersion has been cancelled by the hosts due to the COVID pandemic.
  • Homeless Immersion, Waco - Dr. Hugo Magallanes

Spring Break 2021

  • Oklahoma Native American Culture Immersion - Dr. Robert Hunt

Summer 2021

  • May - Memory, Religion and Politics in Israel/Palestine, Dr. Susanne Scholz, 
  • July - England/Wesley Immersion, Dr. Ted Campbell 

January Term 2022

  • Palestine/Israel Immersion - Dr. Robert Hunt
  • Homeless Immersion, Waco – Dr. Hugo Magallanes

Spring Break 2022

  • El Salvador - Dr. Hal Recinos 

Summer Term 2022

  • Asia (Philippines) – Dr. Robert Hunt

January Term 2023

  • Palestine/Israel Immersion – Faculty TBA
  • Zimbabwe or Kenya Immersion – Robert Hunt –

Spring Break 2023

  • El Salvador Immersion – Dr. Hal Recinos

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

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 must be submitted to the GTE office at 303C Selecman.

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

No advance applications will be accepted.

Effective Leadership in a culturally complex world requires a combination of Cultural Intelligence and cross-cultural experience. The Perkins Global Theological Education Program prepares Christian leaders for culturally complex churches and communities. Through seminars and significant immersion experiences in other cultures we prepare our students for lifelong growth in cultural intelligence and cross-cultural competence. Students gain firsthand experience in building intercultural relationships, resolving cultural conflicts, and guiding intercultural ventures.

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