Skip to main content

Immersion Vanderbilt Overview

Students should build in time when they arrive to explore Immersion Vanderbilt opportunities, spend time networking, and make an informed decision about their Immersion projects. Below are descriptions of each phase of Immersion Vanderbilt along with guidance on how to optimize the time students have to prepare, implement, and complete their projects.


First year students explore Immersion Vanderbilt project possibilities. When students are ready to plan their Immersion proposals, they seek advising and identify a faculty mentor. And when students do their experiential learning, they can submit their experiences directly into ImmersionHub. Contact the Office of Immersion Resources anytime with questions.

  • Not sure what you want to pursue for your Immersion Vanderbilt experience? Use ImmersionHub to find events and mixers, browse Immersion-specific FAQs, watch tutorials, and learn about past projects.
  • Submit your plan proposal when you are ready and the OIR will review it for completeness. Be sure to check email daily until the plan is approved by the Immersion Faculty Adviser.
  • Remember: no Immersion experiences can begin until the OIR has reviewed and certified the plan.
  • The Office of Immersion Resources can help every step of the way. Make an appointment, call an adviser, or simply stop by for a consultation. Visit us in the Student Life Center, Suite 110 from 8-5, Monday through Friday or visit us during open hours in room 217 in The Commons Center on Mondays from 11-3 or Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2-5.

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.

Some avenues for faculty interaction students can follow include registering for an  iSeminar in the Spring of the first year, attend events hosted by various offices to learn about important campus resources, and visit the OIR during scheduled or drop-in advising hours to identify what they need to know before planning their immersion experiences.

Ongoing support is provided through the Office of Immersion Resources (OIR) and a network of connected offices and resources.

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

  • 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 the final project, 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/

Immersion Overview with Provost Wente

Explore Immersion Pathways