International Immersion

Vietnam 

“The immersion trip to Vietnam was an amazing trip that I will never forget. No words or pictures are equivocal to the first-hand interaction you get when you are actually there. Traveling to Vietnam was like being baptized. I immersed under water and came back with a new outlook in life.”

- Erica Hoxie, 2015

“My experience in Vietnam echoed the fact that at the core people who ascribe to different values, beliefs and attitudes as framed by their experiences and norms of local culture are basically the same.  We all want the same things: love, honor, respect, means to support our families, sense of accomplishment and the basic things that give life value and purpose. The challenge is to put aside our limited perspectives and viewpoints and talk to people of other cultures.  If we were to have open dialogue, we would find that even with our differences, we are much the same.”

- Phyllis Cameron, 2015

Hungary

"Sightseeing, experiencing Hungarian culture/history and understanding the economy was all wrapped up when we were visiting the 2 wineries on our trip.  Both wineries gave us an introduction to the winery, the history of the winery, the founders and the history of the wine industry over time.  Hungry was never known for their wines up until recently when they started producing award winning wines that would compete against the larger more notorious countries such as France.  We also learned how world purchasing takes place, for example when China sends a representative to taste test wines from many different wineries and whatever they decide is the wines of choice would order large quantities to ship back to China to sell to their people.  

This was a once in a lifetime experience, and I cherished every moment of it. I feel so fortunate to have found this program and the timing could not have been any better as I love my classmates, the professors we have had and the directors."

 - Ryan Carter, 2014

China

"The Immersion program is a wonderful opportunity to link knowledge with experience. As Global Innovators, the immersion program has really opened up my eyes to the vast diversity and potential of China. I have learned several things in the Immersion program particularly about the Chinese culture and history, education systems, hospitals, infrastructure, maintenance, technology advancements and business conduct in China. I felt a strong sense of pride amongst Chinese and rightly so as they deserve it; and a fascination for everything 'Big'."

- Shankar Natarajan, 2013