Religion & Spirituality

While abroad, you will have the opportunity to gain new understandings on faith, religion and spirituality as you observe how they are practiced around the world.

Ask Yourself:

  • Are you looking for a religious, spirtual or faith-based community abroad?
  • What do you know about the religion(s) of your host country and the role religion plays in society, politics and culture?
  • Is your religion legal or acknowledged in your host country?
  • Will the host culture's practices of your faith model your own practices at home?
  • Will your religion’s holidays be observed and celebrated in your host country? If not, how do you plan to observe these holidays?
  • Will your religious dietary restrictions be accommodated in your host country?
  • How do you want to talk (or not talk) about your faith, religion, and/or spirituality with others in the host country?
  • Do you want to participate in campus organizations that are available to visiting students focused on an aspect of religion, faith, spirituality or atheism?

Ask your Education Abroad Coordinator and other program staff:

  • What resources are available to help me find support specific to my faith-based community while I am abroad: Are there faith based volunteer organizations? Places to worship? Student organizations?
  • Are there any laws regarding religion in my host country? Is there a separation between religion and government (state)?
  • Will I be expected to participate in the religious practices of my host family abroad?

Prepare and Research:

On-Campus Resources:

  • Religious & Spiritual Recognized Student Organizations (RSO) at UNL. Students can find out about the different RSO through the NVolveU2.0 page

Additional Resources:

If I have more questions, who should I contact in the Education Abroad Office?

  • Stephanie Benes, Education Abroad & Marketing Coordinator, stephanie.benes@unl.edu
  • Allison Hinesley, Assistant Director, aphinesley@unl.edu