BCLA Global Immersion Courses

BCLA Global Immersion Courses

Girl in front of the Parthenon in Greece

BCLA Global Immersion Courses are on-campus classes, which each include a week-long abroad trip. With a Global Immersion Course, you can get out of the classroom to study a topic in depth at the source with faculty experts. Most classes are open to all students, many fulfill at least one core requirement, and need-based financial assistance is available to help you go. If you want an abroad experience but cannot commit to a full semester program, or you want an international perspective on your major course of study, a BCLA Global Immersion Course is a great way to grow your global imagination.


  • Courses are 4 units, like standard BCLA courses. 
  • Most course trips take place over spring break. 
  • A $1200-$3000 lab fee covers airfare, lodging and food for the trip. Financial assistance is available. Apply here.


  • Register through PROWL as you would for a typical course.
  • Reach out to the professor directly to ask questions about the course content or trip details.


  • AFAM 3998.01 SS: Racial Identify and Socialization in the African Diaspora

    Immersion to: Havana and Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
    Trip Dates: March 5 - 11, 2017
    Course Meeting Times: TR 11:20am - 12:50pm
    Professor: Deanna Cooke
    Flags: Engaged Learning
    Lab Fee: $2,950

    Trip description:
    The trip to Cuba will include the cities of Havana and Santiago de Cuba and explore issues of race, racism, manifestation of African culture, religion and contemporary social issues. We will meet with university faculty and students, learn about culture through visiting historical sites, and experience the African Cultural expression in Cuba in various forms including, music, dance, and religion.

    Course description:
    This course examines scholarship from psychology, sociology, education and other disciplines to explore how race, culture, and ethnicity are constructed across the African Diaspora. The course also compares socialization practices of families, groups and cultures across the diaspora. The course will specifically focus on identity constructions with African roots in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the US.

  • CLAR 2210 Greek Tragedy in Performance

    Immersion to: Athens, Greece
    Trip Dates: April 7-15, 2017
    Course Meeting Times: TR 1:00pm - 2:30pm
    Professor: Katerina Zacharia
    Core: Creative Experience
    Flags: Oral Skills; Writing
    Fee: $2,075

    Trip description:
    After weeks of studying Greek tragedy in-depth, students will travel to Athens for an immersion in Greek history and culture. They will participate in an on-site study-and-travel seminars at the Dionysus Theater in the Acropolis at Athens, at the temple of Zeus in Nemea, at the palace of Agamemnon in Mycenae, at Epidaurus Theater, and at the oracle of Apollo at Delphi offered by faculty from the Hellenic-American University. The class will workshop their draft adaptations with the help of three renowned professional Greek theatre experts who direct, perform, and interpret ancient Greek tragedies today.

    Course description:
    One of the main goals of this course is to understand Greek tragedy from the inside, by exploring the genre and its conventions, and by studying successful theatrical adaptations. Through creative writing exercises, teamwork and peer review, and individual meetings with the professor, students explore, craft, and revise approaches of staging a Greek tragedy, offering their own take on producing an assigned ancient play. By week 13, when students will be traveling to Athens, they will have already pitched their treatment of the adaptation to class, and will have received peer reviews and the instructor’s comments, and will have developed so they will focus on developing a working draft adaptation to be refined after the two theatrical workshops at the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation.

  • EDSS 444 Inclusive Education in Contested Spaces in Northern Ireland

    Immersion to: Northern Ireland
    Trip Dates: March 3-11, 2017
    Course Meeting Times: T 4:30-7pm
    Professor: Victoria Graf
    Lab Fee: $1,500

    Trip description:

    This immersion trip to Northern Ireland as part of EDSS 444 will be an opportunity for students to travel and experience education across religious, political, identity, education, and ability divisions. We will visit elementary and secondary schools as well as have lectures from education, political, and religious leaders. In addition, there will be opportunities to experience the Irish culture and arts. Students will have an orientation to Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland prior to the trip and will travel with students from the Political Science Department. 

  • HIST 4273/EURO 4998 Nazi Germany

    Immersion to: Berlin, Germany
    Trip Dates: March 3-11, 2017
    Course Meeting Times: MW 12:40pm - 2:10pm 
    Professor: Elizabeth Drummond
    Flags: Engaged Learning, Information Literacy
    Lab Fee: $1,350

    Trip Description:
    During a Spring Break trip to Berlin, we will examine how Germans themselves have grappled with the history of Nazi Germany – a process known as Vergangenheitsbewältigung, the working through and coming to terms with the past – by analyzing how Germans have presented the history of Nazism and the Holocaust in museums, memorials, and even on the sidewalks of Berlin. We will create our own public history website about the history of Nazi Germany, with each student contributing research about a particular topic, using primary sources, secondary literature, and the Berlin “sites of memory” we visited.

    Course Description: 
    Have you ever wondered how the Nazis come to power? Or what life was like in Nazi Germany? Or why so many Germans willingly participated in the mass murder of Jews and other “undesirables”? Nazism and the Holocaust have cast a long shadow over German history, both coloring our understanding of German history before 1933 and shaping the political, social, and cultural developments in Germany (and the two Germanies) since 1945. In this course, we will examine the significance of the Nazi era for modern German history. We will explore the Nazi rise to power in the context of the Weimar Republic, National Socialist ideology, the relationships between state and party and between state and society, the nature of everyday life in Nazi Germany, the experiences of a variety of different groups under Nazi rule, the persecution of Jews and other minorities, the uses of terror, and the dynamics of war and genocide.

  • POLS 3630 Peace and Reconciliation

    Immersion to: Northern Ireland
    Trip Dates: March 3-11, 2017
    Course Meeting Times: TR 11:20am - 12:50pm
    Professor: Jennifer Ramos 
    Core: Interdisciplinary Connections
    Lab Fee: $1,500

    Course Description:

    Investigate the process of peacebuilding and reconciliation in Northern Ireland.
    Even after the 1998 Good Friday (peace) Agreement, over 90% of the schools in Northern Ireland remain segregated and people live their lives divided by concrete and barbed wire walls. The “Troubles” may be over, but the pain of the past lingers. How do communities move forward? In this place of “no war, no peace”, students will explore multiple dimensions of building a sustainable peace in a post-conflict society, with particular attention to understanding the challenges from psychological and political perspectives. We will meet locals with varying perspectives and experiences, including scholars, grassroots organizers, artists, politicians, and religious leaders. These interactions as well as archival research will provide students with a holistic understanding of the complexities of conflict resolution and the challenges faced in post-conflict societies. 

  • PSYC 3019/AFAM 3998.06 African and Black Psychology

    Immersion to: Havana and Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
    Trip Dates: March 5 - 11, 2017
    Course Meeting Times: TR 1:00pm - 2:30pm
    Professor: Cheryl Grills
    Prerequisites: PSYC 1000 / PSYC 100
    Lab Fee: $2,950

    Trip description:
    The trip to Cuba will include the cities of Havana and Santiago de Cuba and explore issues of race, racism, manifestation of African culture, religion and contemporary social issues. We will meet with university faculty and students, learn about culture through visiting historical sites and experience the African Cultural expression in Cuba in various forms including, music, dance, and religion. 

    Course description:
    This course provides a biopsychosocial/spiritual review of topics in psychology from an Africentric perspective. This survey course examines and contrasts the basic theories, research, and concepts in African psychology and Black psychology and critiques western psychology from an African-centered perspective. Students will utilize this foundation to explore the construction of social identities based on African Heritage.

  • SOCL 3210/WGST 3501 Gender and Society

    Immersion to: Tokyo, Japan
    Trip Dates: May 5-13, 2017
    Course Meeting Times: W 4:20pm - 7:20pm
    Professor: Rebecca Sager
    Flags: Oral Skills
    Lab Fee: $1,550

    Trip description:
    One way to learn about the role of gender in the social world is to actually experience a new culture and way of thinking. In Tokyo, we will be working with Prof. Chelsea Szendi Schieder and her gender studies students at Meiji University. In Tokyo we will be immersed Prof. Schieder’s course on gender in Japan, as well as going on field trips around Tokyo, interacting with local researchers, and working on final projects. There will also be plenty of time for students to freely explore Tokyo. Being in Tokyo will be a once in a lifetime way to truly see how different our expectations of something that seems so “natural” as gender can be transformed in a different social and cultural context. 

    Course description:
    What is the first thing we think about when we meet someone? What about when someone is having a baby? We think of their gender. Along with this thought come assumptions and understandings of what that person will look like, what they will do for living, how they will interact with others, and what roles they will play in society. In Gender and Society (SOCL 3210) we will explore key institutions such as the family, media, politics, the workplace and how they relate to gender. At the end of the course we will travel to Tokyo! In Tokyo we will be immersed in a world where gender plays an important, and often very different role, than we have come to understand or expect in the United States. Important note: Students will finish their final project in Japan and will receive an incomplete until they are finished with the immersion portion in Japan.

  • SOCL 3240 Sociology of Aging

    Immersion to: Puebla, Mexico
    Trip Dates: March 4 - 11, 2017
    Course Meeting Times: TR 11:20am - 12:50pm
    Professor: Anna Muraco
    Flags: Engaged Learning
    Lab Fee: $1,250

    Trip description:

    Students will travel to Mexico City and Puebla (which is a Spanish colonial city and the fourth largest city in Mexico) to learn about the cultural and social context in which people are aging. Students from LMU will be staying in a retirement home for our lodgings. We will visit the service sites where Ibero Puebla students work with older adults in varying capacities, such as non-profit organizations, retirement homes, and migrant centers. Working with students from Ibero Puebla, we will interact with older adults to ask them questions about their life histories, understand their current housing and health concerns, and discuss how they see their futures unfolding. We will also visit some key cultural sites in Puebla and Mexico City. 

    Course description:

    In this course, we will sociologically examine aging in the US and Mexico. We will address not only the lives of people who are currently age 65 and over, but also explore how cumulative life experiences affect the aging process through readings, lectures, observations, and course assignments. Topics to be covered in the course include constructions of identity, aging and intersectionality, social and family relationships, gay and lesbian issues in aging, affects of migration and immigration, widowhood, retirement, poverty, social policies and supports, and others. Students will have the unique opportunity through our immersion and corresponding assignments to compare the lives and social contexts of older adults living in LA and the U.S. with those in Mexico.