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Through The London Semester, you will study at highly ranked Roehampton University. Roehampton is unique among London universities in having its housing, support services, classrooms, shops, and Student Union all within a 15-minute walk of each other. The picturesque campus is the ideal environment for study, and on its doorstep is one of the world's most exciting cities! You can study anything...

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Take advantage of the chance to live and learn in Sydney, one of the most beautiful and livable cities in the world! Students can immerse themselves in the academic and student culture of Macquarie University, the University of New South Wales, or the University of Sydney. All offer an array of disciplines covering the spectrum from engineering to art history. Sydney will be your classroom....

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Athena's partner school in Florence, Italy, Lorenzo de' Medici (LdM), is a private institution located among several buildings in the center of this charming Renaissance city. The campus' main building dates back to the 13th century and, before being renovated, was originally a convent and church. Florence was the heart of the Renaissance, and its artistic flair is still tangible. With that ...

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Looking for a study abroad experience? API offers students the opportunity to broaden their academic knowledge and skills in Maynooth University (MU), the second oldest university in Ireland. If you wish to gain learning in an international environment, do it in MU - an institution known for its academic and learning excellence in humanities and the sciences. Choose from a selection of undergra...

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The Haifa program is ideal for students interested in living and studying in a country at the nexus of world history and current events; you can enroll for a semester or full year. Prior to the spring semester there is an intensive early start session for Hebrew. The University of Haifa is the most pluralistic institution of higher education in Israel, committed to an atmosphere of coexistence,...

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Program Overview Be an active participant in the hope-triumphs-over-oppression culture of Cape Town during CIEE’s Arts and Sciences program. You’ll get involved with the local community in so many ways – from community service to visits to local theater, museums, and historical sites – and take rigorous courses at the University of Cape Town. Don’t miss this chance to have an adventure to remem...

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Embark on an intellectually-challenging study abroad program offered by Semester at Sea, the nation's leading shipboard program for study abroad. Participants circumnavigate the globe each fall and spring semester, and explore a specific world region each summer. A state-of-the-art passenger ship, the MV World Odyssey, serves as our floating campus. Colorado State University is the academic ...

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CYA has offered study abroad programs in a wide range of academic disciplines for over 50 years. With supplemental activities varying from archaeological digs to onsite courses, study-travel, and volunteer opportunities, students are able to actively engage with their course material. Students live in apartments in downtown Athens and will be inspired to immerse themselves in the environment an...

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Study abroad for a semester or an academic year in Argentina through Mente Argentina's flexible, exciting Academic Semester and Academic Year Programs. Study in an Argentine university and obtain academic credit at their home university. Mente Argentina has made agreements with the most prestigious universities in Argentina. We offer individualized pre-departure consulting for each student t...

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"Business, Politics, and Conflicts in a Changing World" - The summer university at Philipps-Universitaet Marburg is a four-week summer study program offering specialized seminars on the main topic as well as a German language course, credits, relevant extracurricular activities and field trips. Discuss this years topic, "Business, Politics, and Conflicts in a Changing World" with other i...

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Oxbridge Future Leaders is a remarkable humanities and social sciences summer school in the city of Oxford in the United Kingdom. The school is looking for students aged 16 to 23 who want to become future leaders of the world. The school offers students the opportunity to stay in an Oxford college building in the heart of the historic city, and be inspired by its medieval splendor. It also o...

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Edinburgh is one of Europe's most beautiful cities. From the Old Town's medieval castle to the New Town's neoclassical architecture, the city offers a constantly changing perspective. Edinburgh is a city of pubs, cafes and restaurants filled with writers, artists and comedians. In the words of Robert Louis Stevenson, Edinburgh is “a dream in masonry and living rock.” SEMESTER & YEAR CONCENTRAT...

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Partake in this comprehensive study abroad program offered by ISEP in the University of Botswana (UB). Situated in the country's capital, Gaborone, participants have easy access to various public transportation networks, national museum, as well as the national soccer stadium. Furthermore, international students get to interact with the locals with no difficulty as most Batswana people use the ...

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Sage Corps’ semester study abroad program is your chance to not only learn in a foreign classroom setting but also gain incredible professional experience building a company. While abroad, you'll also establish a global professional network. Your semester study abroad will be an amazing cultural experience and may be the ticket to your dream job. For most students, semester study abroad is thei...

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Studying Theology Abroad

Many of the oldest universities in the world were founded with theology as the core discipline of study. Although religion has changed in form throughout human history, the concept of the Divine has maintained its steady presence in human thought. Studying theology abroad will expose you to important perspectives and cross cultural viewpoints about the conceptualization and practice of religion.

Why Study Theology Abroad

Whether you retain a secular or religious interest in theology as an academic discipline, studying abroad carries the seed of a spiritually enlightening journey for all who will take the leap. Traveling the world to study how life in other religious contexts differs from your own can be an invaluable experience in coming to understand how religion is truly a universal human phenomenon; religious differences as cultural differences are but a matter of changing form.

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Where you decide to study theology abroad will greatly determine the scope of your theological studies. Though in today’s hyper-globalized world you can find people practicing different religions everywhere, there is an undeniable geographical clustering that has resulted from the forces of history. Different cultures vary greatly with their level of religious conservativeness, so keep this in mind too when deciding where to study theology abroad.

Christianity, the world’s largest religion, has been practiced most places in the world, although it is most prevalent today throughout the Americas, Europe, and parts of Africa. Likewise Islam, the world’s second largest religion, is most popular in regions of North Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. These are commonly thought of as the major Western religions, along with Judaism, which is relatively confined to North America, Europe, and Israel.

The most popular Eastern religions are Hinduism and Buddhism, both which have their roots in the Indian subcontinent. Hinduism is the world’s third largest religion today with over one billion practitioners, mostly residing in India. While Buddhism is no longer commonly practiced in India, it still holds a strong influence in Eastern countries such as Japan, China, Thailand, and Cambodia.

This is only a brief synopsis of the major global religions, and there are thousands of other smaller indigenous religions also continuously practiced throughout the world. As stated Theology is a universal discipline, and anywhere you go is bound to provide you with a unique and fascinating scope of study.

Studying Theology Abroad

The type of coursework you will complete will depend largely on the type of school you study theology abroad in. Most major universities today are secular by nature, and thus theology courses are offered as a systematic and rational study of religion. World Religions, Comparative Religions, History of Religion, Religion and Society, and other courses within these veins are all examples of the classes you might take while studying theology abroad at a major public university abroad.

There are also, however, religious institutions across the world, where it is also possible to study theology abroad within a practice-based setting. Seminaries, monasteries, and the like often open their arms to students of theology from all over the world who wish to advance their spiritual studies. You do not even necessarily have to be a practicing member of the religion, as long as you are willing to be a respectful and reverent student.

Theology study abroad programs are typically offered during the Summer, Fall, or Spring terms, and it is also possible to enroll for up to a full year. Keep in mind that the language barrier can prove a big obstacle when studying theology abroad in certain places. Although English is commonly spoken as a second language across the world, many local schools nevertheless use their native tongue as the language of education.

Benefits

Students who study theology abroad become ambassadors to other cultures around the world, and today perhaps more than ever it is becoming vitally important to promote cross-cultural understanding of theological differences and sameness. Whatever your beliefs, students of theology cannot help but benefit from the experience of uprooting from their own context of religious understanding and traveling to experience life within another. Religious and cultural differences interact heavily with one another, and studying theology abroad is the perfect way to begin unwinding the intricate web of difference.

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