Religion & Study Abroad

It is easy to take for granted the religious freedom we experience in the United States. Other countries are not as tolerant of other religions or belief systems. Before going abroad, students should learn about the religion(s) in their host countries and its impact on government and society.

Spending time in a country with a religion different than student’s own is a great opportunity for students to learn about different beliefs and religious traditions. This may lead students to question their own beliefs. Many students say they come home with a better understanding of their religion or spirituality and themselves.

Things to Consider As You Prepare to Study Abroad:

  • What do you know about the religion of your host country and the role it plays?
  • What do you know about any of its sacred writings?
  • How are religious holidays observed and celebrated? Will you want to participate?
  • How will people perceive your religion? Is your religion legal in your host country?
  • What is the attitude of people in your host country towards other religions?