Religious Diversity

Spirituality and religion play an important role in many of our students' lives, and in the lives of the host community members. One of the most exciting and interesting things about experiencing another culture is developing a multi-dimensional understanding of religious traditions and beliefs that differ from our own. To have a successful experience, an open mind regarding religious pluralism and diversity is important for students studying abroad.

Some other things to consider are:

  • What is the degree of religious tolerance in your host country? What is the dominant religion in your host country? Are all religions tolerated?
  • Will you be part of the religious majority or minority?
  • Is it safe to wear religious symbols and/or clothing?
  • How are atheists and agnostics perceived in the host country?
  • Are there laws regarding religion (e.g., proselytizing Christianity is banned under Chinese law)?
  • Is there separation of religion & the government?

 Begin expanding your own understanding of religions across cultures and how your beliefs fit with those of your host culture by exploring the links below:

Adapted from University of Wisconsin-Madison and NAFSA Resources