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“The role of a university is to help its people reach their full potential. This potential is maximized not only through research and academics, but also through acquiring and applying knowledge as broadly as possible.”

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Immersion Vanderbilt

Undergraduate academics also are deepened and expanded through Immersion Vanderbilt, an experiential program and degree requirement for all first-year students. Guided by a faculty steering committee, Immersion Vanderbilt is designed to provide all undergraduate students with empowering learning opportunities beyond the classroom from study abroad programs and field research to creative projects and professional exposure. For each student, the Immersion Vanderbilt project begins with an exploratory phase and the selection of a faculty adviser, and it ultimately culminates in a final project.

Examples of recent Immersion Vanderbilt projects include:

  • Conducting economic development research through the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates program
  • Creating case studies about theater performances and directing a small-scale production
  • Exploring the intersection of law and art history through an internship at the Center for Art Law in New York, New York
  • Developing a report about social entrepreneurship in Southeast Asia while traveling throughout Singapore
  • Studying the impact of popular music on social change and the origins of hip-hop through a semester-long study abroad program in Senegal
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Global Education

For many Vanderbilt students, study abroad programs provide an enriching counterpoint to their time in Nashville. The Office of Global Education is committed to offering hundreds of accessible and academically rigorous programs, regardless of a student’s financial situation or chosen field of study. From studying ancient civilizations in Athens to researching development and social change in the Himalayas or examining community health systems in South Africa, the opportunities are as diverse as they are transformative.

Vanderbilt is also committed to global research and discovery on a broader scale. In addition to partnering with international programs for undergraduate, graduate and professional students, the university hosts global institutes, including the , the and the through the ѿý Medical Center. Along with faculty research opportunities and other programs sponsored through Global VU, these specific programs reinforce Vanderbilt’s commitment to improving lives around the world—at present and for generations to come.

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