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Religious Diversity Abroad
Studying abroad can be a great opportunity to learn about different religions. Before visiting a country, learn about the majority religion that is being practiced in the host country. If you are planning to practice abroad, ask your program staff or locals if there are any places of worship relative to you that you can practice safely. Even if you do not plan to practice abroad, this is a great opportunity to be an ally for your peers who might want some company to practice abroad.
Another important aspect is learning about the degree of religious tolerance there is in your host country, especially in regard to your own beliefs or non-beliefs. The host country’s religious tolerance can inform you when and where it would be comfortable and safe for you to discuss your religious or non-religious views.
- What is the dominant religion in the host country?
- Will I be a part of the religious majority or minority abroad?
- Are there any laws regarding religion?
- Is there a separation between religion and government?
- How tolerant is the host country of other religions, or atheists and agnostics?
- Is it safe for me to wear religious symbols?
- Will my religious holidays be observed in the host country?
- How can I respect the host country's religion and participate in cultural events, even if I don't practice the religion?
- What is the food through the program like and does it offer options for certain dietary and religious restrictions?
- What places of worship exist and are they close to the housing?
- How much do I know about the religion(s) of the host country and the role religion plays in its society?
- How will I adjust my religious practice abroad?
- If I plan to live in a homestay, am I open to living in a homestay with a diverse religious background from myself?
We encourage you to make an appointment with the Study Abroad Advisor to discuss your study abroad plan and any of the topics in this resource guide.