A group of students taking part in a service immersion trip

Service & Immersion

The Jesuit mission knows no borders, and Saint Joseph's University, as a Jesuit institution, encourages students and faculty to take a truly global view of their opportunities and their responsibilities. Through study abroad immersion programs and service learning, Hawks are equipped with knowledge and training that will enable them to effectively engage with and respond to people and cultures from all parts of the world; and to use their talents towards the betterment of others.



Service & Immersion Programs


Service-Learning is a form of experience-based education where students engage in service as part of their academic coursework. Doing service work can help students better understand the abstract concepts presented in their classes. Service learning students come from all different majors throughout the College of Arts and Sciences as well as the Haub School of Business - all with an interest in combining academic work and service.


Experiencing new places and becoming immersed in a new culture helps students grow into global citizens. Saint Joseph's Center for International Programs can help you find a study tour, semester or year-long immersion program.


The Appalachian Experience (APEX) is a Spring break immersion program that is committed to serving with and for others while learning about the culture and concerns of the people of the Appalachian region. 

For over 30 years, Saint Joseph's University has been sending students to the Appalachian Region. Participants meet together several times throughout the year for preparation, education and team-building, all of which lead toward the spring break immersion experience.

Gain Global Perspective

Hundreds of Hawks each year participate in academic or service related immersion programs. These experiences have changed the course of some student's college careers, inspired others to pursue new passions and made all of them more engaged global citizens.

I learned so much through this service-learning class, and I am so glad I was able to be a part of such an amazing experience! The class was paired with a deaf school in Bolivia, where we had frequent meetings with our sister school. I learned so much about the deaf community and got to make one-on-one connections with these students in a whole different country."

Ashely Radell '24 is a Saint Joseph's University food marketing major.

Ashley Radell '24

food marketing major