Texas Tech University

Religion & Spirituality




Students who study abroad often discover varying levels of commitment to religious diversity and freedom in other countries, which can lead to a better understanding of their own notions about religion and spirituality.

The Study Abroad team encourages all students to consider building study abroad into their degree plan at Texas Tech University. We welcome students of all belief systems who meet TTU Study Abroad eligibility requirements to participate in our programs. Spirituality and religion play an important role in many of our students' lives and in the lives of many host community members. By experiencing another culture, study abroad students have the opportunity to develop a multi-dimensional understanding of and respect for religious traditions and beliefs that differ from their own.

It is a good idea to research religion in your host country before you study abroad to find out the role it plays in society as well as what degree of religious tolerance exists. Maybe you are accustomed to being part of the religious majority at home but will be part of the religious minority while living abroad. Will it be safe for you to wear religious symbols and/or clothing? How are atheists perceived? By going abroad, you'll gain a new perspective on religion and return home more familiar with other belief systems.

 

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Resources

To assist with what may be a challenging transition from your life in the U.S., our staff are committed to do the following:

  • Include discussion in advising appointments and pre-departure orientation about religious and spiritual identities (or lack thereof) abroad.
  • Encourage our program partners to keep information readily available about local places of worship that study abroad students can visit as well as religious and spiritual communities that students can join.
  • Share resources and information about the realities of religious diversity such as the U.S. Department of State's Religious Freedom Information, Harvard University's The Pluralism Project, and the International Humanist and Ethical Union's website which unites 100+ Humanist, rationalist, secular, ethical culture, atheist and freethought organizations in more than 40 countries.
  • Sunrise and Sunset Times.