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Study Abroad Programs with Religious Studies

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 got to engage with the Islamic community not only while traveling and just meeting people on the streets but also when I stayed with a friend's family for a total of two weeks. I got to see the way a Moroccan family lives their life and how Islam really influences their daily practices and that was a really valuable experience.

Carrie Campbell, Al Akhawayn University, Morocco, Spring 2016  

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.


Ecuador - Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) (Ex)

  • Semesters: Fall, Spring.
  • Language: Spanish, some courses may be partly in English. 
  • Prereqs: 3.0 GPA and 3.0 in Spanish, 2 years of college Spanish; previous course work for studio art courses, courses with a Latin American focus strongly recommended.
  • Housing: Host family.
  • Details: Orientation in Quito; small private university; wide range of courses available, some attract American students; Quito in Transition course explores trends in Ecuadorian society, politics, history and economics through the study of the city of Quito; study with local students; excursions; volunteer opportunities.

Egypt – American University in Cairo

  • Semesters: Fall, Spring.
  • Language: English, Arabic language available.
  • Prereqs: 3.0 GPA, junior or senior standing preferred; previous coursework in classics, courses relative to the understanding of Egypt.
  • Housing: Dormitory; campus cafeteria, no cooking facilities. 
  • Details: New suburban campus in fall 2008; emphasis on liberal arts; wide selection of courses on ancient Egypt history, literature, art, architecture, religion, Coptic studies, hieroglyphics, Arabic and Middle-Eastern studies; study with Egyptian and other international students.   

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: Campus dormitory with international and German students, provide own meals.
  • 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.  

Ghana – ISEP: University of Ghana, Legon (D)

  • 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  

India – ISEP: University of Hyderabad (D)

  • Semesters: Fall (semester starts end of July), Spring.  
  • Language: English.
  • Prereqs: 3.0 GPA, junior or senior standing; previous coursework relative to the understanding of India.
  • Housing: Single or double room on-campus, shared bath; meal plan.
  • Details: The University is one of India’s newest, smallest (2000 students) and best-equipped campuses. Study with Indian and international students; courses in Sanskrit as well as directed field studies offer opportunities to explore this historic and changing nexus of Islam and Hinduism; language study in most Indian languages available; orientation, access to campus sports and cultural programs.

Italy – IES: Rome (P)

  • Semesters: Fall, Spring.
  • Language: English, Italian.
  • Prereqs: No language requirement.
  • Housing: Host family or apartments.
  • Details: Courses on advent of Christianity, the contemporary Catholic church, Jews in Rome, and social issues of southern Italy; Required course in Italian language.  Students take elective courses at Università degli studi Roma Tre or Università degli studi di Roma 1 "La Sapienza"; internships and volunteering opportunities available. 

Japan – Kansai Gaidai University, Hirakata City, Osaka (Ex)

  • Semesters: Fall, Spring.
  • Language: English.
  • Prereqs: 3.0 GPA and 3.0 in Japanese; 2 years college Japanese; previous coursework in Asian history, politics or other related areas.
  • Housing: Host family (strongly recommended) or dormitory. 
  • Details: Asian Studies Program courses focused on Japan and taught in English; intensive Japanese language study; orientation program; Speaking Partner Program; courses with other international students and a few Japanese students; most courses are .75 Beloit units; courses on Buddhism, Shinto, Japanese Buddhist art; field trips, excursions.
  • Scholarships: Available for study in Japan. See Scholarships page on the OIE Study Abroad website.

Jordan – CIEE: Language and Culture, University of Jordan, Amman (P)

  • Semesters: Fall, Spring.
  • Language: English, Arabic.
  • Prereqs: 2.75 GPA, previous coursework relative to the understanding of Jordan/Middle East.
  • Housing: Host family (cannot guarantee for male students), or apartment with other CIEE students with meal stipend. 
  • Details: CIEE area studies courses and colloquial Jordanian Arabic with other CIEE students; modern Arabic with international students; courses on Islamic civilization, diplomacy in the Middle East, core concepts of Islam; orientation and excursions; language peer tutors; volunteer opportunities.
  • Scholarships: CIEE scholarships for merit, need, travel, under-represented groups. 

Nepal – SIT: Tibetan and Himalayan Studies* (P)

  • Semesters: Fall, Spring.
  • Language: English, beginning Tibetan.
  • Prereqs: 2.5 GPA, previous coursework relative to the understanding of Tibet; previous independent research. 
  • Housing: Home stay (4 weeks), guesthouses/hostels, some camping; meals provided.
  • Details: Study with Americans students; limited curriculum designed for non-specialists; student plans 4-week research project selected with director; urban and rural stays; excursions to Tibet Autonomous Region (fall), Kingdom of Bhutan (spring).  
  • Scholarships: SIT scholarships for specified programs, diversity, need.

Senegal – Baobab Center, Dakar, Senegal

  • Semesters: Spring.
  • Language: French, Wolof.
  • Prereqs: 5 semesters college French, Cities in Transition Foundations (in Beloit, .25 unit).
  • Housing: Host family.
  • Details: Collaboration, the Baobab Center locates students into Dakar for field and classroom study. Students take Wolof, Dakar in Transition (explores trends in society through studying the city of Dakar), Health Advocacy and Policy course focusing on responses to HIV and AIDS in Senegal and Africa; and a course on Islam; excursions.   

United Kingdom - University of Bristol, Bristol (D)

* Exceeds the cap on tuition transfer off-campus.



  • 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. S
  • Significantly Higher: $2,001 or more above Beloit College room and board.

Last Updated: 10/17