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Study Abroad Programs with Philosophy

The study of philosophy and religion engages us in deepening and expanding critical thinking and demands not only that we learn to communicate our own ideas with eloquence and clarity, but also that we develop a sensitivity to and appreciation for the perspectives offered by others.

I used my philosophical background specifically in my experiences abroad, because the idea of charitable critique and readings of philosophy can also apply to trying to understand someone whose lived experience and culture are very different from yours.

Beloit College student, Lingnan University, Hong Kong, China, Fall 2015

Note: Students studying Philosophy or Religious Studies can find compatible courses, such as ethics, political thought, history, peace and human rights, and interdisciplinary courses on many study abroad programs.  Because the department encourages double majors, students also can seek study abroad programs to enhance the second major or minor.  If a student wants to take a Philosophy or Religious Studies class, the choices may be limited to direct enrollment at a university.


Germany – Erfurt University, Erfurt (Ex)

  • Semesters: Spring, Academic year.
  • Language: German, English.
  • Prereqs: 2 years college German, previous coursework relative to the understanding of Germany.
  • Housing: Dormitory.
  • Details: Intensive German language at beginning of term; university courses in social sciences, humanities; religious studies offers an integrative course of study on the 3 major religions: Judaism, Islam and Christianity; some courses may be taught partially in English; study with local students; few non-native German speakers in Erfurt; region is historically rich with archives, museums and study centers; travel opportunities in Germany and Central Europe.
  • Scholarships: Available for study in Germany.  See the Scholarships page on the OIE Study Abroad website.  
  • Non-tuition educational expenses: lower to same.

Ghana – ISEP: University of Ghana, Legon  

  • Semesters: Fall, Spring.
  • Language: English, beginning Twi language course.
  • Prereqs: 3.0 GPA, previous coursework with African content recommended; students expected to enroll in a beginning Twi language course at the University of Ghana.
  • Housing: International student hostel on campus, stipend provided for meals.
  • Details: Study with Ghanaian and international students; Institute of African Studies (beginning level courses), courses in history, philosophy and religious studies at the beginning to advanced levels; orientation program; resident director; sports and volunteering available.  

Hong Kong - Lingnan University, Hong Kong, China (Ex)

  • Semesters: Fall, Spring.
  • Language: English.
  • Prereqs: Previous coursework in anthropology, Asian studies, economics, art history, political science, history or philosophy with an Asian focus.
  • Housing: Shared room in campus student hostel.
  • Details: Study at the only Chinese liberal arts college with local and international students; live in an major Asian economic and international commerce center; basic Cantonese language course available, no language prerequisite; wide range of courses in business, social sciences and humanities, no natural science courses; students encouraged to take classes in Cultural Studies; excellent campus facilities; many student activities and excursions.

Ireland - ISEP: National University of Ireland, Galway 

  • Prereqs: 3.0 GPA.
  • Details: Overseas students are limited to courses in the Visiting Students Information Booklet. 

United Kingdom - University of Essex

United Kingdom - University of St. Andrews

United Kingdom - University of York

United Kingdom - ISEP: Lancaster University, England 

  • Prereqs: 2.8 GPA expected.

United Kingdom - ISEP: University of Glasgow, Scotland

  • Prereqs: 3.0 GPA.

United Kingdom - ISEP: University of East Anglia, Norwich, England 

  • Prereqs: 3.0 GPA.

United States - ACM: Newberry Seminar, Chicago, IL

Students are also encouraged to work with a Beloit faculty advisor on a special project tailored to their interest in any study abroad location.



  • D: Direct enrollment in a university as a visiting student.
  • Ex: Enrollment in a university as an exchange student.
  • P: Provider program. Program organized for students attending U.S. colleges and universities.

Non-tuition educational expenses: 

Cost of room and board compared to Beloit College. Other expenses to consider: airfare, local transportation, visas, health insurance, immunizations, books, student activity fees, recreational travel and other activities. 

  • Higher: Up to $2,000 more than Beloit College room and board for one semester. 
  • Significantly Higher: $2,001 or more above Beloit College room and board.

Last Updated: 08/2013