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Immersion Overview with Provost Wente

The ImmersionVU Process


Immersion Vanderbilt is composed of three phases which takes place over the four-year experience.  Read more about Immersion Vanderbilt. 

  • Phase one: learn about the four Immersion Pathways, potential immersion experiences, and campus resources that can help guide you in the creation of a plan. Spend phase one identifying your project, its pathway to completion, and contribution to your overall education.
  • Phase two: the experiential phase, when you engage in a civic and professional, creative expression, international, or research pathway experience, developing skills and knowledge. The workload for the experiential phase should be equivalent to 9 credit hours of work (about 80 hours of time) and may be fulfilled with a combination of Vanderbilt course credits and/or approved Immersion activities. This can occur over the course of more than one semester and can include summer and paid work.
  • Phase three: the presentation of the completed project, where you submit and show off your final Immersion project. The title you create will appear on your final academic transcript.

Pre-Immersion Work and Individualized Immersion

The first phase of Immersion Vanderbilt may involve formal and informal preparatory work which allow students to explore interests, develop an understanding of necessary skills, and interact with faculty in particular relevant disciplines.

The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons iSeminars (credit-bearing) will allow first-year students to gain a broad understanding of Immersion, learn about important campus resources, and identify what they need to know before planning their immersion experiences. The structure of these courses will be flexible, allowing faculty and facilitators to design seminars around specific disciplines and subjects.

Pathways Workshops are offered during the first-year to provide students with opportunities to explore and discuss their ideas. Workshops are held in the Ingram Commons and students are welcome to attend as many of these informal panel presentations they choose.

Ongoing support is provided through the Office of Immersion Resources (OIR) and a network of connected offices and resources. Approved plans will be submitted to the Office of the University Registrar.

Immersion Vanderbilt culminates in the completion of a final project arising out of the experience. Examples of final projects include:

  • Research presentations
  • Art shows
  • Performances
  • Design projects
  • Theses

Each student’s final project will be approved and assessed as required by the supervising school or college. The OIR coordinates a series of showcases open to the entire campus where students display their projects. Upon the completion of phase three, the OIR conveys to the URO that the requirements have been met. Completion of the Immersion Vanderbilt graduation requirement will be shown on the student’s degree audit and the Immersion project will be added to the student’s transcript. https://www.vanderbilt.edu/immersion/

Explore Immersion Pathways 


Through Immersion Vanderbilt, students would have the option to have their civic and professional immersive experiences and projects recognized on the transcript. Students who are engaged in service work, design projects, internships, externships, and co-ops have the potential to transform ideas into action, refine skills, and integrate knowledge with experience.
Through Immersion Vanderbilt, students would have the option to have their creative expression immersive experiences and projects recognized on the transcript. Students who are engaged in the artistic process have the potential to transform ideas into action, refine skills, and integrate knowledge with experience.
Through Immersion Vanderbilt, students would have the option to have their civic and professional immersive experiences and projects recognized on the transcript. Students who are engaged in service work, design projects, internships, externships, and co-ops have the potential to transform ideas into action, refine skills, and integrate knowledge with experience.
Through Immersion Vanderbilt, students would have the option to have their research immersive experiences and projects recognized on the transcript. Students who are engaged in lab sciences, social sciences, humanities, and field work have the potential to transform ideas into action, refine skills, and integrate knowledge with experience.