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.

Religious Studies Study Abroad Programs

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 482 (1 cr.) 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 external 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 external options by using the search engines listed below.

GVSU Programs

Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Semester

Academic Year

Summer

Faculty-Led

Israel

Historical, Geographic & Social Contexts of the Bible

   

Partnership

France

L'Université Catholique de L'Ouest

Partnership

Ghana

University of Cape Coast

Partnership

Japan

International Christian University

 

Partnership

Japan

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

External Programs

 Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Semester

Academic Year

Summer

Affiliate

Italy

John Cabot

 

External

Brazil

CIEE: Salvador da Bahia

 

External

Czech Republic

Charles University: Nationalism, Religion & Violence in Europe

   

External

India

AEA: Buddhist Study in India

   

External

Ireland

ISA: Maynooth University

 

External

Israel

USAC: University of Haifa

 

External

Morocco

IES: Study in Rabat

 

External

Thailand

USAC: Chiang Mai, Thailand

External

Turkey

Syracuse University: Bahçesehir University

 

External

United Kingdom

IES: School of Oriental & African Studies

 

External

Italy 

CEA: Theology & Religious Studies in Rome 

 

Internships

Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Varies

Varies

Internships Abroad

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

Diane Maodush-Pitzer

maodushd@gvsu.edu

236 Lake Ontario Hall