Frequently Asked Questions
Immersion Vanderbilt, an initiative of the Academic Strategic Plan, calls for each undergraduate student to participate in an intensive learning experience that takes place in and beyond the classroom, culminating in the creation of a tangible final project. Students can engage in one of four pathways: civic and professional, creative expression, international, or research. Immersion Vanderbilt will help students explore their passions, transform ideas into action, and make a difference in the world.
A network of resources for Immersion Vanderbilt between the OIR faculty, colleges, and schools, across the university gives students the option of engaging in Immersion Vanderbilt outside their home school/college; including in the professional schools.
The requirements of Immersion Vanderbilt are left intentionally flexible to allow students to complete them in and/or beyond the classroom. Requirements may also be completed outside of the academic year calendar. Students may use more than one experience to complete their projects and may choose whether to incorporate classroom work into their plans.
The short answer is no. The longer answer is developed below. Immersion Vanderbilt does not ask students do more work. Rather, it is asking some of them to work differently.
Approximately 75% of recent Vanderbilt graduates have had at least one potential immersion experience on their transcripts. Students have been doing this without the resources and support that Immersion Vanderbilt will provide. Through Immersion Vanderbilt, students will have access to a network of resources. The Office of Immersion Resources will put students in touch with immersion possibilities across and outside Vanderbilt. Further, this program will acknowledge the work of these students that now often goes unrecognized. Second, for those students who have not done anything immersive, they will now have the chance, with extensive support, to follow their passions and undertake a project that will define their time at Vanderbilt. This will not require additional effort, just a channeling of their skills into a project they find exciting.
Transfer students will be able to complete Immersion Vanderbilt. Following the timeline for first-year students, Immersion Vanderbilt will be a graduation requirement for sophomore transfer students starting in fall 2019 and junior transfer students starting in fall 2020. Students who transfer into Vanderbilt as sophomores will be required to submit an individual immersion plan by the end of the sophomore year and follow the regular immersion timeline. Students who transfer to Vanderbilt as juniors will be required to submit the individual immersion plan by the end of the fall semester of their junior year. They will be required to complete their junior year check-in prior to Fall Break of the senior year. Transfer students will be allowed and encouraged to transfer in experiences that may count towards the completion of the Immersion Vanderbilt requirements. Students are not able to transfer in their immersion project.
Vanderbilt University has demonstrated a commitment to ensuring students and faculty have support to make Immersion Vanderbilt a success. The Office of Immersion Resources (OIR) has been working with offices across campus to ensure that advisors are available to assist students as they explore plan ideas and begin their experiences in the coming years. As Immersion grows across campus the resource network will commensurately expand as well.
There are several different funding sources that can be used for Immersion Vanderbilt projects. These include Global Summer Fellows funding through GEO, research funding through VUSRP, and summer funding through Vanderbilt scholarship programs. A webpage with all funding sources will be live in Spring 2019 as students begin to plan their Immersion experiences.