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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 Namibia, Guatemala, India and Israel/Palestine.

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.

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


Students reflect on their Experiences:
Abigail Salak (M.Div./MACM ’14): Israel/Palestine, June 2012.
Deborah Caulk (M.Div. ’14): India, December 2011.


Cross-Cultural Immersion Handbook

Cross-Cultural Trip Schedule


Future Trip Information:

Korea Summer 2016

New Mexico/Arizona Summer 2016

Israel Palestine Summer 2017

Texas-Mexico Border Jan 2017

Cambodia Vietnam Jan 2018

Cambodia Vietnam Jan 2018