The Intercultural Immersion requirement is seen as an integral component of an educational process that addresses the mission of the church in the world and which prepares persons for church leadership. Master of Divinity students are required to participate in an immersion experience, either internationally or in the United States over a period of 10 to 14 days consecutively. Students may participate after the completion of 30 academic credit hours.
A general orientation to the immersion experience, as well as a debriefing seminary following the immersion is required. Students also complete a reflection paper and submit a project proposal which integrates their experience into their theological studies. To get more information on completing the requirements of your Intercultural Immersion experience, review the tabs below.
PLEASE NOTE: M.Div. students who have completed 30 credit hours will be given first priority for immersions. M.Div. students who have not completed 30 credit hours should seek permission from the PMM Office to participate in an Intercultural Immersion. Matriculating students who are enrolled in other degree programs at Wesley will then be given priority along with students from the Washington Theological Consortium and other academic institutions with which Wesley Theological Seminary has a reciprocal relationship.
To begin your Intercultural Immersion experience, you should take the following steps:
While you are away at your immersion experience, be sure to have your Intercultural Immersion Certification Form signed by your Immersion/Faculty leader:
Immersion Certification Form
After you return from your immersion, register for an Intercultural Immersion Debriefing Session offered in the semester immediately following your immersion:
Debriefing Session Registration Form
*Students who attend Wesley faculty-led immersions will have their debriefing session led by that faculty member.
The final assignments for the Intercultural Immersion are two-fold and are due no later than 30 days after you return from your immersion:
After you return from your immersion, please take 10 minutes to copy the below link in another browser window and complete this survey. Your valuable and much needed input helps the Practice in Ministry in Mission Office seek ways to improve upon the Intercultural Immersion Program. Thank you!
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