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ETHOS International Immersions

ETHOS semester immersions, offered during fall, spring and summer semesters, are transformational experiences that allow students to see the world in a new light. Students from all majors can participate in a technical immersion in a developing country. Travel groups typically consist of 2-3 students who work on appropriate regional projects. 


  • Dates: Immersions offered fall, spring and summer semesters.
  • Location: With one of our partners in Central America, South America, India, or Africa
  • Environment: This depends on project and location. In the past, students were placed in cities and very rural environments (no running water, no electricity from grid).
  • Housing: In most of our locations, students live with a host family. Otherwise, accommodations are made for housing in or near the area of work. 
  • Project: Projects are subject to the need of the location. Projects have included helping to build sustainable farms, clean water systems, road and building infrastructure, construction of solar refrigerators to preserve vaccines, solar powered ovens, assisted in the design on human waste treatment processes and solar powered aquaponics systems.
  • Eligibility: Students from all majors are eligible to participate. However, students must at least be in their sophomore year to be accepted. We recommend that interested first-year students participate in an international breakout prior to applying for a semester-long international immersion.  
  • Cost: $1,200 fundraised by student. The ETHOS Center covers other expenses (housing, food, transportation). For non-engineering students, costs may vary. 
  • Other information: Students are required to take EGR 330 or EGR 430 the semester prior to their trip to prepare culturally, technically and personally. ETHOS and in-country hosts provide the projects. 

Important dates

Fall Immersion application dates TBA.


To Apply:

Click here to go to the application information.


The ETHOS Center, Dr. Malcolm Daniels, Director

Kettering Laboratories
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0212