Our majors and minors deeply enrich their study of religious life by participating in study away. A carefully chosen study away program offers students an opportunity to observe religious life. By studying away, students gain indispensable insights about the ways race, class, gender and citizenship inform privilege and power.

Many of our students study away to further develop their language skills especially through direct communication and engagement with local communities and environments abroad. For example, students who are interested in Muslim women’s rights have studied in Rabat and Fez, Morocco, and have completed internships at women’s non-profit organizations. Others have studied in Spain, interested in its Islamic past. Our students have also gone to Israel, Turkey, England, New Zealand, South Africa and Australia.

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Planning for study away

We ask students to consider the relevance of the study away program to their major. Is the program providing courses that we do not offer at Conn? What is special and unique to this program? Will this program support work that you plan to do for a senior thesis? Is there a SATA program that you could apply to? These are big questions and we ask that you start conversations early with your adviser. Study away students typically take one or two courses that count toward the religious studies major. Students must first seek approval from their major adviser before departure for each of the courses to be counted toward the major.