Religious Studies

At the core of your study abroad experience, you will gain critical insight into the issues of that countries religion and will be better able to bring that knowledge into your interdisciplinary degree. Studying abroad will foster the capacity to make connections between fields of knowledge, between differing cultures and traditions, and between theory and real-world practice. Step out into the world, rev up your resume, and earn academic credit by studying abroad in locations such as China, Chile, India, Spain, Poland, and many more.

Social Work

China

Religious studies students can reap huge benefits through studying abroad by gaining a better understanding of the different belief systems around the world. Understanding religion as it spans various disciplines as well as various cultures prepares students to think critically and creatively connect differing perspectives which is an essential foundation for intercultural civic engagement. Being in a different atmosphere will render the full perspective to understanding exactly what other religions offer. 

Students interested in combining their study abroad experience with an internship, or those looking to focus solely on an internship, have many options. Customized internships are available in a few locations through GVSU internships, as well as other programs such as ELAP or World Endeavors

Academic Advice

  • Department input requested
  • Consider fulfilling your Issues General Education requirement abroad. Find out how!

Restrictions

  • REL 495 must be taken at Grand Valley
  • Courses will be reviewed on a case by case basis through the course equivalency process.

Keep in Mind

  • Once you have selected a program, be sure to meet with your adviser at least three months prior to departing for your program.
  • Be sure to explore both GVSU and non-GVSU options by browsing the Program Suggestions below. Students are not limited to GVSU study abroad programs.
  • There are several opportunities to intern and or volunteer while abroad.
  • Students are also able to fulfill General Education requirements abroad, including their General Education Issues requirement.

Program Suggestions

You are not limited to the program options listed below. 
Explore other non-GVSU options by using the search engines listed below.

GVSU Programs

Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Term Available

Partnership

Ghana

University of Cape Coast

Semester, academic year, summer

Partnership

Japan

International Christian University

Academic year, summer

Partnership

Norway

University of Oslo

Semester, academic year, summer

Non-GVSU Programs

 Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Term Available

Non-GVSU

Australia

CIEE: Murdoch University

Semester, academic year

Non-GVSU

Brazil

CIEE: Salvador da Bahia

Semester, academic year

Non-GVSU

Chile

CIEE: Santiago - Liberal Arts

Semester, academic year

Non-GVSU

Czech Republic

Charles University: Nationalism, Religion & Violence in Europe

Summer

Non-GVSU

Germany

IES: Humboldt Universitat zu Berlin

Semester, academic year

Non-GVSU

Germany

AIFS: Summer in Berlin, Germany

Summer

Non-GVSU

Greece

College Year in Athens

Semester, academic year, summer

Non-GVSU

India

AEA: Buddhist Study in India

Fall semester

Non-GVSU

Ireland

ISA: Maynooth University

Semester, academic year

Non-GVSU

Israel

USAC: University of Haifa

Semester, academic year

Affiliate

Italy

John Cabot University

Semester, academic year, summer

Non-GVSU

Morocco

IES: Study in Rabat

Semester, academic year

Non-GVSU

Spain

IES: Barcelona - Liberal Arts and Business

Semester, academic

Non-GVSU

Thailand

USAC: Chiang Mai, Thailand

Semester, academic year, summer

Non-GVSU

Turkey

Syracuse University: Bahçesehir University

Semester, academic year

Non-GVSU

United Kingdom

IES: School of Oriental & African Studies

Semester, academic year

Non-GVSU

Italy 

CEA: Theology & Religious Studies in Rome 

Semester, academic year

Non-GVSU

Croatia

API: Diplomacy and International Studies Program

Semester, academic year

Internships

Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

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Not finding a program on this list that meets your needs? Explore other options.

IMPORTANT: You can also complete your General Education requirements abroad. 

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To determine the GVSU course equivalencies for courses taken abroad, please view the “How to Request Course Equivalencies” page. For more information email Department Contact below.

Department Contact

Brent Smith - Interim Coordinator

smithbr@gvsu.edu

247 Lake Ontario Hall

 



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