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Border Crossing Immersion Program

The Border Crossing Immersion requirement in the Andover Newton Master of Divinity curriculum is one way Andover Newton seeks to deeply engage students with communities and persons of social, cultural, ethnic, racial, economic, national, and faith identities other than their own in order to:

  • work toward the elimination of the category of “the other,” while developing hospitable ways to relate to difference; 
  • develop greater understanding and sensitivity to the dynamics of privilege, power and disadvantage as they are seen in patterns and structures in one’s own and others’ contexts; 
  • provide an opportunity to develop tools for social analysis, theological reflection, and deeper self knowledge; 
  • create visible change, evidenced in possessing a larger lens, to see themselves and the world in which they live; 
  • contribute to the development of multicultural sensitivity and skills which help one become more agile, knowledgeable and respectful in border crossings and; 
  • deepen the student’s commitment to live one’s faith through engaging vital issues for the church and the world with communities and persons who challenge one’s own assumptive world and meaning making.

Border Crossing Immersions are offered throughout the academic year, with most travel immersions being offered in the winter and summer sessions. There will be some “intense immersions” lasting from ten days to twenty-one days, and some “slow simmers” happening over the course of a semester or full year.

Who may take a Border Crossing Immersion?

Any degree candidate, BTI or non-BTI student, Minister in the Vicinity, Andover Newton alumni/ae, or trustee may take a Border Crossing Immersion if places are available.

Andover Newton students needing the course for credit will receive enrollment priority. The same application process and deadlines apply for all
Andover Newton alumni/ae, trustees, and non-BTI students will need to pay a $300 application fee and whatever the cost is for a particular Border Crossing Immersion. BTI students will pay the regular $150 application fee plus costs.


Application paperwork and more detailed information on Border Crossing Immersions may be found in the Border Crossing Immersion Handbook.

Application due dates
Applications for fall and winter Border Crossings will be accepted during the summer and early fall; applications for spring and summer Border Crossings will be accepted beginning in the fall semester. Students applying for international trip should plan to submit their applications early. Registration for the courses takes place during the registration period for the semester in which it is offered.

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