1. Who can go?
All nursing students in good academic standing are eligible to attend a service-learning immersion experience. Each immersion is tailored to students in specific nursing programs. To learn more about what immersion you can go on, deepening on which nursing program you are enrolled in, please see the Immersion Trip tab.
2. When are the immersion trips?
The service-learning immersion trips occur during academic breaks. There are multiple times throughout the year that the immersion trips occur:
- Winter Break
- Spring Break
- Summer Break
- Fall Break
3. Are there pre-requisites?
Nursing students are eligible to attend a service-learning immersion trips based on the progression in your respective program. Since some of the immersion trips count towards clinical hours, there are courses that need to have been completed in order for you to receive the most out of your experience.
4. How do you apply?
Applications open a few months before each break when immersion are occurring. To know when to apply to an immersion trip, click here for the application timeline.
5. Where do you stay?
During the immersions, students and faculty stay close in proximity to the community partners you are working with. Often times, you staying a local hotel. The international immersions have various accommodations; all of which are safe and are close to the clinical sites.
6. How much does it cost?
Many of the local immersion are free of costs to students. Overnight and global immersions do have a fee that is charged to the student's OPUS account. For more details, go the Service-Learning Immersion Trips tab for more information.
7. What is the time commitment?
There is varying time commitments for each immersion trip. In general, there is pre-trip expectations which includes meeting with your faculty and fellow nursing students to prepare for the trip. On-trip time commitments vary on the location of your immersion experience. Local immersions are often day commitments, where students are able to go home each evening. Geographically further immersions typically involve a hotel stay where students are more engaged in their experience for the duration of the immersion. There is additionally post-trip expectations that include sharing your experiences with your local and healthcare communities.
8. Can I apply to more than one trip?
Yes. You are welcome to apply to multiple service-learning immersion trips and are able to rank your preferences on your application. In order to expand the opportunity of immersion trips to all students, you are welcome to join one immersion trip during your pre-licensure program and one immersion during your post-licensure program at Emory.
9. Can I apply to other trips if I do not get accepted the first time I apply?
Yes. If you are not selected for the initial immersion trip timeframe you applies for, you are welcome to apply for another timeframe. For example, if you applied for the winter immersions and were not selected, you are welcome to apply to either a spring break or summer break immersion trip, as long as the immersion aligns with the clinical course required for your program.
10. Do you get course credit?
Yes. Every service-learning immersion trip counts for a nursing course. You can learn more about the specific trip details by attending a informational session or by clicking here.
11. What is the transportation?
Transportation looks differently per immersion experience. Transportation is provided for international and geographically further immersion experiences. For local immersion experiences, students often carpool for transportation between campus and the clinical sites.
12. How does the food work?
Local immersions function similarly to nursing student's hospital-based clinical rotations. Depending on how far the site is form Emory's campus, some immersions include breakfast and or lunch, and dinner is often the student's responsibility. Global immersions include all meals for students and it is encouraged that students additionally bring snacks. More detailed information will be provided for each specific service-learning immersion experience.