Summer Immersions for 2023 Take Flight

Summer Immersions for the Class of 2025 are underway. The Summer Immersion program, a required part of the Lauder Institute’s International Studies curriculum, takes first-year students around the world for a 5-week period, providing an unparalleled opportunity for field-based and interdisciplinary learning. Guided by faculty directors and in the company of their peers pursuing the same Program of Concentration, students practice their target language in real-world settings, delve into regional history and culture, and engage in-depth with local economies and business practices. Over the course of the summer, students are exposed to a wealth of informal and formal contexts, from visiting iconic landmarks to collaborating with local businesses, community organizations, and government bodies. The Summer Immersion offers a transformative learning and bonding experience that builds intercultural awareness, strengthens leadership skills and business acumen, and deepens a student’s international mindset.

One of the features of the Summer Immersion is the incorporation of summer research projects. Students form teams and embark on research culminating in an article on an economic, cultural, or political topic related to their international experience. These articles are published in Lauder’s Annual Global Business Insight Report.

Pictured below are some activities from the 2023 Summer Immersion.

The German Program takes a boat tour on the Alster River in Hamburg, Germany

Global Program students visit Vietnam’s VNG Corporation in Ho Chi Minh and meet with founder, Le Hong Minh

The Africa-French Program enjoys a meal in Dakar, Senegal

The French-Europe Program visits rising startup, Kiro, which aims to revolutionize personalized medicine. Students spoke with Kiro’s Founder & CEO, Alexandre Guenoun and CTO, Stan Kocken

The Spanish Program visits River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina

The Hindi Program stays relaxed with yoga stretches between classes in New Delhi, India

Portuguese Program students are hosted by Nubank for a corporate visit in São Paulo, Brazil 

The Mandarin Program meets for their welcome dinner at Da Lai Xiao Guan in Taipei, Taiwan

The Africa-General Program visits the Centre for African Popular Culture at Asheshi University (Ghana) where Founding Director, Dr. Joseph Oduro-Frimpong, provides a lecture on the intersection of art and design thinking

Learn more about Summer Immersions here.