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Experiential Learning


Immersion at A&S helps to fulfill your Immersion Vanderbilt graduation requirement,  a university-wide program that provides the opportunity to pursue your passions and cultivate your intellectual interests through experiential learning. Immersion takes place both in and beyond the classroom and culminates in the creation of a final project. Projects focus on one of four pathways: Civic & Professional, Creative Expression, International, or Research. Through Immersion, you’ll explore new interests, transform ideas into action, and make a difference in the world.  


Internships give you the opportunity to apply classroom study in the workforce through valuable on-the-job experiences. In many cases, sophomores and above who are in good academic standing may also earn academic credit for internship experiences. Credit-based experienced are available both for interdisciplinary studies and for specific academic departments.


Roughly 50 percent of Vanderbilt students participate in study abroad, through 120+ programs in more than 40 countries. Students usually study abroad during their sophomore or junior year and can choose from experiences that range from a few weeks to a full year. Vanderbilt financial aid applies to official study-abroad experiences, and additional assistance is available through grants from A&S departments, the college itself, and university programs such as Immersion.


Summer programs provide unique learning opportunities and are offered through both A&S and the larger university. They often incorporate study abroad, hands-on research, community service, or other elements of experiential learning. Summer program options include Maymester courses, summer sessions, and summer work elsewhere. Eligibility depends on enrollment status. 

Undergraduate Research

A&S offers a wealth of undergraduate research experiences in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Students may work on established studies or formulate their own projects. Many participants have the opportunity to author published papers or present at academic conferences.

Service Learning

Many A&S courses incorporate service learning, either on campus or in the larger Nashville community. Students interested in service learning courses should contact the relevant academic department for more information. Service learning opportunities are also available through the Office of Active Citizenship and Service.

Several of Vanderbilt’s living/learning experiences are affiliated with A&S departments or have a long history of housing and supporting A&S-affiliated students and projects. These include:

  • Mayfield Living Learning Lodges : The lodges bring together groups of 10 students who live in residence as they pursue a self-directed, yearlong program of themed educational activities, often involving a culminating project or community service.
  • The McGill Project : Founded in 1972, the McGill Project is a joint endeavor between the Department of PhilosophyDepartment of Art, and Office of Housing and Residential Education. Residents support one another in deep exploration of the arts and philosophy and attend themed events designed to encourage diverse experiences and conversations.
  • McTyeire International House : The McTyeire International House supports foreign language proficiency and cultural awareness for students studying Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Italian, Russian, or Spanish. Residents enjoy regular interaction with foreign-language faculty and frequent language and cultural activities, including international dinners in the McTyeire dining room.