Cross-Cultural Immersion

Our students get a rare opportunity to live within another culture.

Twice each year, MTSO groups depart for faculty-led cross-cultural immersion trips of roughly two weeks. Recent destinations include South Africa, Cuba, India, Israel/Palestine and Korea.

This experience, which is available to all students and a requirement for those seeking a Master of Divinity degree, is not a mission trip. It’s an opportunity to truly experience, rather than attempt to impact, a culture different from one’s own.

Student perspectives

Emily Howard looks back on her trip the Desert Southwest.

Anthony Thomas offers a theological reflection on his trip to Korea.

Abigail Salak reflects on her trip to Israel/Palestine.

Deborah Caulk reflects on her trip to India.

Cross-Cultural Immersion Handbook

What makes MTSO's cross-cultural immersion program unique?

Upcoming cross-cultural trips (details subject to change)

January Term 2023

Chiapas, Mexico (MASJ and M.Div. students) - Dr. Tim Van Meter and Dr. Kate Common

Summer Term 2023

Israel and Palestine (M.Div. students) - Dr. Yvonne Zimmerman and Dr. Kate Common

January Term 2024

South Africa (M.Div. students) - Dr. Elaine Nogueira-Godsey

Summer Term 2024

Nicaragua (M.Div. students) - Dr. Yvonne Zimmerman

January Term 2025

Chiapas, Mexico (MASJ and M.Div. students) - Dr. Tim Van Meter