The CULTURE component of Trek provides opportunities for students to gain personal and intellectual insights through direct interaction with people of a different culture. These experiences enable students to understand how their own culture's values, beliefs, heritage, and history shape their views of the people they encounter whether in the United States or abroad. Students have four immersion options for study of a culture that is different from their own culture and from 'mainstream' culture:
- Students may study/intern/volunteer internationally in a foreign culture on an independent program;
- Students may participate in international exchange or study abroad; undertake an approved Intercultural Experience course or Independent Culture Project; engage in advanced modern language study; or participate in an approved Centenary module or other immersion course.
- Students may study culturally distinct groups in the United States who have substantially different regulations, norms, and ways of life from mainstream U.S. culture;
- Students may study sub-cultural groups who are part of mainstream culture (ethnic, racial, class, sexual identity, etc.) but differ significantly from mainstream cultural experience.