Arrupe creates a culture of encounter, introducing students to the Gospel’s call of solidarity. Our trips to countries in the Americas and the Caribbean invite students to explore the realities of climate change, globalization, and migration by hearing the stories of those who host us.

What We Do

Introduce students to the Gospel’s call of living in solidarity with the suffering world.

Foster a sense of compassion and responsibility for the greater world.

Learn about the complex realities of the countries we visit by hearing the stories of those who host us in their own words.

Reflect on our experiences so that we may translate learning into action.

Arrupe International is one of Boston College’s hallmark service-immersion programs.

The program—named for the late Jesuit Pedro Arrupe, S.J.—creates a culture of encounter, introducing students to the Gospel’s call of living in solidarity with the suffering world. Our trips to countries in Central and South America and the Caribbean invite students to learn about the complex realities of the countries we visit by hearing the stories of those who host us in their own words.

Through developing a sense of compassion and responsibility for the greater world, and by providing space to reflect on one’s experiences, the Arrupe program allows participants to translate their learning into action. We do this in the spirit of Fr. Arrupe, who pioneered the combination of service, faith, and justice, and believed that such personal experiences were key to catalyzing structural changes in the world that could work to alleviate oppression, violence, and other realities facing those in need.

To be eligible to participate in the Arrupe International Immersion program, you must:

  • Be a current undergraduate student in good standing at Boston College who will be on campus for the full duration of the upcoming academic year
  • Be at least 18 years old by the trip’s departure date
  • Not have participated in a previous BC-sponsored international service-immersion trip
  • Have a valid passport that provides for international travel
  • Provide documented parent or guardian support to participate in the program, if requested
  • Complete all required application materials
  • Be in appropriate emotional and physical health for international travel
  • Commit to the full fundraising requirements of the program
  • Fully participate in the program’s meetings, retreats, and any pre- or post-trip activities

Members of the Boston College community interested in being more deeply involved in the Arrupe International Immersion Program can apply to be a Student Leader or Adult Mentor.

Undergraduate Student Leaders coordinate a particular Arrupe trip as a partnership, and are supported by a pair of Mentors (graduate students or professional staff members at BC). Each pair of Student Leaders and Mentors accompany a particular Small Community throughout their full-year experience, including the trip. Student Leaders are responsible for facilitating the small group meetings, logistical preparation for the trip, and practicing the ministry of presence in accompanying the students of the group.

To be eligible to be a Student Leader in the Arrupe International Immersion Program, you must:

  • Be a rising senior in good standing at Boston College who will be on campus for the full duration of the upcoming academic year
  • Have participated in a previous BC-sponsored international service-immersion trip
  • Have great maturity, integrity, humility, and compassion
  • Have a desire to explore and share faith with others
  • Model a commitment to social justice and solidarity
  • Have strong organizational and group facilitation skills
  • Have a valid passport that provides for international travel
  • Provide documented parent or guardian support to participate in the program, if requested
  • Complete all required application materials
  • Be in appropriate emotional and physical health for international travel
  • Commit to the full fundraising requirements of the program
  • Fully participate in the program’s meetings, retreats, and any pre- or post-trip activities

Mentors are adults affiliated with Boston College as administrators, staff, faculty, and graduate students. Each pair of mentors accompanies a particular Small Community throughout their full-year experience, including the winter break trips. Mentors act as guides and support to the group during the in-country experience and group reflection at BC. Importantly, Mentors are there to manage emergencies that may arise and to respond accordingly, and to ensure the group has a safe, healthy, and respectful experience.

To be eligible to be an Adult Mentor in the Arrupe International Immersion Program, you must:

  • Be a current graduate student in good standing at Boston College who will be on campus for the full duration of the upcoming academic year, or a professional staff member at the University
  • Have previous experience with an international service-immersion trip
  • Commit to the ideas of faith sharing, social justice, and global citizenship
  • Through servant leadership, invest in student formation and community-building
  • Be present to, support, and challenge Student Leaders as they grow into their role
  • Have a valid passport that provides for international travel
  • Complete all required application materials
  • Be in appropriate emotional and physical health for international travel
  • Fully participate in the program’s meetings, retreats, and any pre- or post-trip activities

Email: arrupe.program@bc.edu
Phone: (617) 552-3475

Mailing Address:
Arrupe International Immersion Program
McElroy 233
Boston College Campus Ministry
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

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