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International Study

Kerala, India

Kerala, India

Lighting candles at St. Alphonsa's shrine.

Mail from Mt. Olives

Mail from Mt. Olives

Religious Studies major, Nicholas Croce, explores Jerusalem while studying abroad.

Religious Studies is:

Creative and Constructive
Employing knowledge of religion and the skills of religious studies in solving complex problems, including those raised in the engagement of issues of life, death, love, violence, suffering, and meaning.

International Study

Study-abroad programs can take one to virtually any corner of the globe. Programs vary widely in duration lasting from one month to an entire academic year. Most programs are designed with specific objectives in mind, e.g. predominantly academic, service-learning or development oriented, such as the Asian Studies trip to Kerala. One should seek a program that most closely fits one's interests. That said, key factors in choosing a program are: (a) area of academic interest; (b) future career plans; (c) level of personal maturity and adaptability to the unique challenges posed by international study.  View the link below for a new class which started being offered during the summer 2011, RES 431,  Walking in the Footsteps of the Prophets.  The trip has been designated as a 3 credit course open to both undergraduate & graduate level students.  Nazareth College has a formal agreement with Al-Quds University and Hebrew University in Jerusalem and also Yeditepe University in Turkey.  Five of our religious studies undergraduates, Shannon Deans '12, Nicole Gagliardi '11, Eleanor Poore '12, Carolyn Rolleston '14 and Laura Young '14 went on the trip along with faculty members, Matthew Temple (Biology) and Linda Janelli (Nursing).

More specifically:

  1. Students interested in a particular religion and/or cultural region, e.g. Islam and Islamic culture, would typically seek out an international study program destined for one of the several regions of the world in which this religious and cultural system is widespread.
  2. Timely planning within a long-range framework is a crucial factor. Students majoring in Religious Studies and/or other disciplines will ideally select a study-abroad program as one component of a long-term vision. Elements of this vision are a clearly defined academic interest and selection of a program that complements the student's future professional goals. Your advisor(s) and/or interested faculty can help you to define such a vision and provide critical advice about how to achieve it.
  3. The opportunity to study abroad can be the most memorable and rewarding experience of a student's undergraduate years. It does, however, require a high level of maturity and flexibility in order to be navigated successfully. For these reasons, the junior year is often a preferred time for students to undertake such study. Check with your advisors and the specifics of individual programs for precise requirements associated with each.

The Center for International Education coordinates the majority of foreign study.

Learn more from A Student's Perspective

Fulbright Grants

Nazareth College is well-known for its success in winning Fulbright Grants. These prestigious awards allow students to undertake a full year of study of their choice in a foreign country following graduation. The curriculum of the Religious Studies department provides a solid foundation for applying for these Grants. To date, four Religious Studies majors have had the honor of receiving Fulbrights:

  • Dana Quante ('97) spent a year in Sri Lanka studying Buddhism
  • Jeff Halverson ('00) studied Islam in Cairo, Egypt
  • Eric Eggelston ('03) traveled to New Delhi, India to study at the Jamia Millia Islamia
  • Alison Crossley ('05) studied Islam in Jerusalem

For more information: The Fulbright Program at Nazareth

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