The following is a partial list of study abroad opportunities for students of philosophy and religion. Many students consider their study abroad as one of their best college experiences, since it allows them to travel, meet people, obtain different perspectives on their field, and in some cases learn another language, all while earning credit toward their degree. Several programs are offered by AU for which students may earn philosophy or religious studies credit. Many philosophy and religious studies majors, however, go on a variety of programs (including programs in Italy, South Africa, and China), and take a "semester off" from their studies in philosophy or religion to pursue study in their other major or minor fields of study.
AU Abroad Program, Madrid and the Mediteranean Program
This study abroad program, offered through the AU Abroad Office here at AU, is an excellent choice for philosophy students since “the Mediterranean has served as a fertile basin of ideas and history. This still-thriving modern area has profoundly influenced Western civilization through the first democratic government, the development of coinage and market economy, early theatre, the beginning of classical sculpture and architecture, and philosophers who articulated ideas on human reason.”
Canada Program at Carleton University
The Canada Program is another excellent AU Abroad choice for philosophy majors, since the philosophy department at Carleton University in Ottawa offers a broad range of philosophy courses.
The University of Edinburgh has “a distinguished place in the history of philosophy, having been home to David Hume and Adam Smith." For further information, visit the University's International Office, or their Department of Philosophy.
AU Abroad programs that may be of particular interest to students of religion are:
Canada Program at the University of Toronto
Located “at the center of one of the most religiously diverse cities in the world,” the University of Toronto offers students of religion an array of resources under the auspices of the University’s Department and Centre for the Study of Religion.
New Zealand Program at Victoria University of Wellington
Victoria University affords students the opportunity to join a vibrant intellectual community in the heart of New Zealand’s scenic capital. Victoria’s religious studies program is staffed by faculty members from all over the world who approach religions in myriad ways.
Outside the AU Abroad Program
Some students choose to study philosophy or religion intensively at a foreign institution. Study in many of the great university centers of the world is a wonderful opportunity, and provides the chance to genuinely immerse oneself in another culture. For example:
Australia National University is another university frequented by our philosophy majors. The University has many philosophy resources, such as the ANU Philosophical Society and the Australasian Association of Philosophy. For further information, visit the University's International Office.
Comparative Religion and Culture Academic Program (administered by Global College, Long Island University)
From the Program’s website: “The Comparative Religion and Culture Program is an intensive 30 week series of lectures, workshops, readings and field trips which introduces students to the Religions and Cultures of Taiwan, India and Turkey. Scheduled events include lectures on, and visits to: Lung-shan Buddhist Temple and Hsin-chuang's Temples, Taoist Shrines, and the Confucian Day ceremony in Taiwan; the Gandhian Peace Foundation, the Taj Mahal, the Tibetan community in Dharmsala, the Jain temple and pilgrimage site in Sravanabelagola, and Sufi and Sikh temples in New Delhi in India; Cappadocia, Atatürk's Mausoleum and the Haci Bayram Mosque to observe noon prayers in Turkey. In addition to the Director's year-long seminar on Comparative Religion, at least one course on the religions and culture of each country will be part of each ten week segment. Students write a series of weekly papers synthesizing readings and field trips and one final reflective response in each ten week term. The program culminates in a year-end paper which integrates the sixty-plus papers and reflects upon the issues involved in cross-cultural study.”
Study Abroad Procedures
Students interested in studying abroad should first meet with an advisor in the AU Abroad Office (located in the Rockwood building) to discuss their options and obtain a signature of approval for their chosen program on a Permit to Study Abroad Program form. Students should then take the form to their academic advisor and to the dean’s office to obtain signatures of approval for academic credit. Students must return the completed Permit to the AU Abroad Office for final approval and recording.